On This Day In Baseball History: April 3rd

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2007 On opening day, Marcus Giles and Brian Giles bat leadoff and second for the Padres. This marks the first time since Matty Alou and Jesus Alou batted 1-2 for the Giants in 1965 that brothers occupied the first two slots in the batting order for the same team.
2002 Barry Bonds hits two home runs for the second day in a row in the Giants win over the Dodgers. In doing so, he joins Eddie Mathews as the only two players in history to begin the season with consecutive two homer games.
1997 In his Orioles debut Jimmy Key pitches his new team to a 4-2 victory over the Royals. The win moves his opening day record to an all-time best 7-0.
1987 The Chicago Cubs trade starting pitcher Dennis Eckersley to the Oakland A’s. At the time of the trade Eckersley had started 359 of 376 career appearances. He will only start 2 games during the 12 remaining years of his career. He will however go on to save 390 games over those 12 remaining years.
1985 The Players Association agrees to the major league owners’ proposal to extend the League Championship Series from a best-of-five to a best-of-seven series.
1966 The New York Mets sign USC pitcher Tom Seaver. Seaver was selected by the Atlanta Braves in January but the Commissioner voided the deal because Seaver signed the contract after USC’s season had begun.