On This Day In Baseball History: April 5th

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2013 Baltimore Orioles first basemen Chris Davis joins Willie Mays, Mark McGwire, and Nelson Cruz as the only four players in history to hit a homer in their team’s first four games of the season.
2012 The Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays play an opening day record 16-inning game. The Blue Jays won 7-4.
2010 Matt Stairs appears in his first game for the San Diego Padres. The Padres are the 12th team Stairs has played for, establishing a new record for a position player.
2005 The Washington Nationals play their first game since relocating from Montreal. They lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4.
1998 The Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2, giving them their first victory in franchise history.
1993 Expansion franchises Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins play the first games in their franchises history. The Marlins beat the Dodgers while the Rockies lost to the Mets.
1982 43-year old Cardinals pitcher Jim Kaat makes his first appearance of the season setting a major league record for pitchers by playing in his 24th consecutive season. Nolan Ryan and Tommy John will both go on to break this record.
1972 For the first time in major league history, the regular season does not open as scheduled due to a players strike that started on April 1st.