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Old 04-08-04, 05:01 AM
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MLB - Thur Apr 08

Thursday, April 8, 2004
TEAMS TIME (ET) NAT TV PITCHERS
Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati 12:35 PM WGN Clement at Acevedo
Chicago Sox at NY Yankees 1:05 PM ESPN/MLBEI Schoeneweis at Vazquez
Milwaukee at St. Louis 1:10 PM MLBEI Capuano at Suppan
Minnesota at Detroit 2:05 PM MLBEI Silva at Cornejo
Cleveland at Kansas City 2:10 PM D'Amico at Affeldt
Anaheim at Seattle 4:35 PM MLBEI Escobar at Garcia
Boston at Baltimore 7:05 PM MLBEI Wakefield at Riley
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 7:05 PM Padilla at Vogelsong
Montreal at Florida 7:05 PM Ohka at Willis
NY Mets at Atlanta 7:35 PM TBS/MLBEI Erickson at Thomson
Colorado at Arizona 9:35 PM MLBEI Kennedy at Dessens
San Francisco at San Diego 10:05 PM INHD/MLBEI Hermanson at Wells




2004 American League Standings
EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK
Boston 2 1 .667 - 0-0 2-1 16 11 Won 2
Tampa Bay 2 2 .500 0.5 2-2 0-0 20 22 Lost 1
NY Yankees 2 2 .500 0.5 0-0 2-2 22 20 Won 1
Baltimore 1 2 .333 1 1-2 0-0 11 16 Lost 2
Toronto 0 3 .000 2 0-3 0-0 6 20 Lost 3
CENTRAL W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK
Detroit 3 0 1.000 - 0-0 3-0 20 6 Won 3
Minnesota 2 1 .667 1 2-1 0-0 18 21 Lost 1
Kansas City 1 1 .500 1.5 1-1 0-0 12 11 Lost 1
Chicago Sox 1 1 .500 1.5 0-0 1-1 11 12 Won 1
Cleveland 1 2 .333 2 0-0 1-2 21 18 Won 1
WEST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK
Anaheim 2 0 1.000 - 0-0 2-0 20 12 Won 2
Oakland 2 1 .667 0.5 2-1 0-0 9 7 Lost 1
Texas 1 2 .333 1.5 0-0 1-2 7 9 Won 1
Seattle 0 2 .000 2 0-2 0-0 12 20 Lost 2
2004 National League Standings
EAST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK
Atlanta 1 1 .500 - 1-1 0-0 20 17 Won 1
Florida 1 1 .500 - 1-1 0-0 6 6 Lost 1
Philadelphia 1 1 .500 - 0-0 1-1 6 6 Won 1
Montreal 1 1 .500 - 0-0 1-1 6 6 Won 1
NY Mets 1 1 .500 - 0-0 1-1 17 20 Lost 1
CENTRAL W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK
Milwaukee 2 1 .667 - 0-0 2-1 19 20 Lost 1
Cincinnati 1 1 .500 0.5 1-1 0-0 7 8 Won 1
Pittsburgh 1 1 .500 0.5 1-1 0-0 6 6 Lost 1
Chicago Cubs 1 1 .500 0.5 0-0 1-1 8 7 Lost 1
Houston 1 2 .333 1 1-2 0-0 19 13 Won 1
St. Louis 1 2 .333 1 1-2 0-0 20 19 Won 1
WEST W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA STRK
Los Angeles 2 1 .667 - 2-1 0-0 9 13 Won 2
San Francisco 2 1 .667 - 0-0 2-1 13 19 Lost 1
Arizona 1 1 .500 0.5 1-1 0-0 11 11 Won 1
Colorado 1 1 .500 0.5 0-0 1-1 11 11 Lost 1
San Diego 1 2 .333 1 0-0 1-2 13 9 Lost 2

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SAN DIEGO -- A new era in the mostly dismal history of the San Diego Padres begins Thursday night when they open their flashy, new 42,000-seat downtown ballpark against the San Francisco Giants.

Former president Jimmy Carter -- a friend of Padres owner John Moores -- and commissioner Bud Selig are scheduled to throw out ceremonial first pitches at $458 million Petco Park, located two blocks from the waterfront.

Former Padres great Tony Gwynn will be there, too, if he can get back in time from coaching San Diego State's game at Air Force. Navy jets will thunder overhead and a huge American flag will be unfurled in the vast outfield.

And then San Diego native David Wells will try to keep Barry Bonds from wrecking the night.

Bonds is on the verge of tying his godfather, Willie Mays, for third place on the career home run list at 660 -- he had 659 going into Wednesday night's game at Houston. And wouldn't you know it, the Padres have always been his favorite punching bag.

Bonds' 75 career homers against the Padres are his most against any team. He hit 39 at the Padres' old stadium, Qualcomm, his most at any road park and the most by a visiting player.

San Diegans won't be very festive if Bonds hits the first homer at Petco, which the Padres think will be a pitchers' park.


"We made it Bonds-proof, remember?" Padres general manager Kevin Towers said.

The Padres did use a good chunk of downtown for right-center field. It's 396 feet to straightaway center, quickly dropping off to the deepest point in the park at 411 feet. It's just 322 down the line, where a home run porch juts out from the stands.

Then again, Petco's dimensions could be academic against Bonds. He hit homers estimated at 482 and 463 feet at Qualcomm in recent seasons.

"I've only faced him a couple of times, in spring training and an All-Star game," said Wells, a left-hander who left the New York Yankees to sign with the Padres as a free agent on Dec. 31. "You just have to look at some videotape and see how he reacts to guys, because he is a great hitter. But I've got to pitch my game and not worry about who's up there."

Wells gets to open the new ballpark 22 years after he turned pro following a standout career at Point Loma High, which also produced former Yankees great Don Larsen.

"I'll be nervous," the 40-year-old Wells said. "It's just going to be very exciting. It's the real deal."

Wells also started in the Padres' first exhibition game at Petco on Saturday.

"You get that first pitch out of the way, you want to definitely throw it for a strike," he said. "You don't want to launch it into the backstop or anything."

The ballpark was approved by 60 percent of the voters in November 1998, less than two weeks after the Padres were swept by Wells and the Yankees in the World Series. It was delayed for two years by 17 lawsuits and a federal investigation into a gift-giving scandal involving Moores and City Councilwoman Valerie Stallings. Moores was cleared but Stallings resigned.

The Padres are coming off five straight losing seasons, including an NL-worst 98 losses last year.

With a revamped lineup, the time for excuses is over.

"The support that we've gotten from the community, for them to ride out all those pitfalls, they've done their job," closer Trevor Hoffman said. "Now it's up to us."


Petco Park's signature element is the 95-year-old Western Metal Supply Co. Building, a remnant of the once-seedy neighborhood of brick warehouses and vacant lots. The left-field foul pole is attached to the building's southeast corner.
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I have tickets to all 3 games of this series with the Giants.

I hear that local (conservative) talk show hosts are telling people to BOO Jimmy Carter because of his view on the Iraq war.

Just so I'm on the record, I think it's disgraceful that these low-class a-hole Padres fans would boo a former president of the United States. No matter how much I like or dislike a former president -- Carter, Clinton, or Bush -- they deserve my respect and I would never boo them. So if you hear people booing, know that I'm not part of it.

Furthermore, the Padres boards are overwhelmed with people saying they will boo Barry Bonds if he ties/passes Willie Mays on the HR list, especially if they stop the game to honor his achievement. Again, I hate the Giants, but a feat such as this deserves my respectful applause. So any boos you hear won't be coming from my mouth.
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padre fans (except elf )

12:30 game for the cubs/reds on wgn.. maybe Ill get a chance to watch some of it on the projection in our boardroom.. Im handling a training class in there at 2.. maybe i should reserve it a couple hours early to *ahem* prepare
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12:30 game for the cubs/reds on wgn.. maybe Ill get a chance to watch some of it on the projection in our boardroom.. Im handling a training class in there at 2.. maybe i should reserve it a couple hours early to *ahem* prepare
It's in HD too...go out and spend that companies $$$...they MUST UPGRADE....

White Sox start a series with the NYY...and Detroit chases their start in 1984 (?)...

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I hear that local (conservative) talk show hosts are telling people to BOO Jimmy Carter because of his view on the Iraq war.

Just so I'm on the record, I think it's disgraceful that these low-class a-hole Padres fans would boo a former president of the United States. No matter how much I like or dislike a former president -- Carter, Clinton, or Bush -- they deserve my respect and I would never boo them. So if you hear people booing, know that I'm not part of it.
Absolutely.

On the subject of Bonds, Larry Dierker was asked if he would stop the game for Bonds' celebration at Minute Maid were he still a manager, and he said that he absolutely would not. His point was that it would be disrespectful to the home team, and that the Giants should wait until they get back to PacBell for any ceremony. That's the one time I don't agree with the old school mindset, and you'll find few who dislike Bonds and mid-game celebrations more than me.
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might not matter
sounds like Bonds may take tonight off
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May have missed this ---- why did Chipper Jones leave the game last night?
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How the **** Dessens is the D-backs #3 guy is beyond me. I guarantee he'll pitch well tonight up until about 70 - 80 pitches, and then he'll get rocked.
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No discussion of "Yankees on Trial" airing on tonight on ESPN? Hopefully, it will be as ridiculous as the Pete Rose trial.
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Hermanson vs. Wells... Hmmm, this is a really even matchup.

I think this will finally be the year Bonds doesn't own the Padres.

My prediction: Padres take 2 of 3.
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I'm thinking Suppan will get off to a nice start for the Cardinals tonight.
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I bet 95% of Padres fans couldn't even find Iraq on a map.
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Cubbies in trouble. First inning.
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Let's go white sox, put the yankees under .500 again.
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looks like griffey is having another decent game so far
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looks like griffey is having another decent game so far
Of course he would. he's on my bench today for one of my teams.
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Yanks up 2-0 vs. WS in the first.
Sheffield single scores first run.

A-Rod walked in his first at bat in Yankee Stadium, then scored 2nd. run on sac fly.
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Let's go white sox, put the yankees under .500 again.
Hmm. This isn't looking good
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Suppan's pitch count is already at 55 after two innings.

Cards are down 2-0 going into the top of the third.
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Brady Clark hits another 2-run homer for the Brewers!!!! Aaargh!!!!
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Brady Clark has 1/7th of his career home runs in about 1 hour.
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A Rod up with two out and two on in the 2nd.

He walks to load the bases. Kinda looked like an unintentional/intentional walk.

Giambi flys out to end the inning.
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Cards second baseman Hector Luna hits a home-run in his first major league at-bat!!!!

What's great about it is that my co-worker called it 20 seconds before it happened.


They just said he is the sixth Cardinal to ever do so.

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Giambi flew out with the bases loaded. Schoeneweis has already walked 4 in two innings. 2-0 Yanks.
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