There was no baseball in Washington, D.C. when the Seattle Mariners were born in 1977, and they were 0-8 in D.C. since 2005 before todays win. Washington Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez took a no-hit bid into the fifth, and a shutout bid into the sixth, but he ended up leaving the game with some sort of discomfort (rib issue?) with runners on the corners in the top of the sixth inning. The two runners he left on base scored on a 3-run blast by Nelson Cruz, who hit a 2-1 slider from Jacob Turner to left-center to put the Seattle Mariners up 3-2 after six.
In March 1976, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and manager Billy Martin instituted a rule forbidding players from having beards, mustaches or long hair. When outfielder Lou “Sweet Lou” Piniella arrived with hair almost to his shoulders, he was told he wouldn’t be given a uniform until it was cut. As he shares in his new memoir, “Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball,” written with sportswriter Bill Madden, Piniella protested the rule to Boss George. “I don’t understand, Mr. Steinbrenner, what long hair has to do with your ability to play baseball,” Piniella said. “I’m a Christian. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had hair down to the middle
Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory. Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks -- two intentional -- and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.