A quick trip around the majors on opening day for the 2007 season
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Keith Srakocic, Associated Press
0: Places inside PNC Park that fans will be allowed to smoke this season. The zero-tolerance smoking policy is in accordance with a recent Allegheny County ordinance that bans smoking in work and public places.
1-2: Positions in the batting order reunited brothers Marcus and Brian Giles are projected to bat in the Padres' lineup.
2: Strikeouts needed by Pedro Martinez (when and if he returns from rotator cuff surgery) to become the 15th in history to fan 3,000.
5: Home runs hit by Sammy Sosa this spring in his comeback with the Texas Rangers.
7:11: Start time for White Sox home night games at U.S. Cellular Field this season. It was done so at the behest of a sponsor whose convenience store chain just so happens to have those numbers in its name.
9: Teams one-time Pirates phenom Jose Guillen, 30, has been with, including Seattle this season.
10: Wins needed by Tom Glavine to become the 23rd member of the 300 club.
12: Saves New York's Mariano Rivera needs to pass John Franco for third on the all-time list behind only Trevor Hoffman (482) and Lee Smith (478).
13: Home runs needed by Frank Thomas to become the 21st to 500 HRs, the closest of four players who could reach 500 this season. The others: Jim Thome (28), Manny Ramirez (30) and Alex Rodriguez (34).
18: Saves San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman needs to become the first to record 500.
22: Home runs needed by Barry Bonds to surpass Hank Aaron's all-time record of 755.
37: Home runs needed by Ken Griffey Jr. to reach 600.
48: Opening-day age of Mets utility man Julio Franco -- one of three 40-year-olds on the team.
70: Hits needed by Houston's Craig Biggio to become the 27th member of the 3,000-hit club.
70: RBIs needed by Barry Bonds to become the fourth player to reach 2,000.
99: Years since the Cubs won a World Series, a figure that turns an even 100 if they come up short this season.
104.7: Frequency for WPGB-FM -- the new radio home for the Pirates.
103.1: Million dollars it cost the Red Sox to put Daisuke Matsuzaka into a Boston uniform --$51.11 million for the right to negotiate with him, then $52 million to sign him.
301.5: Million dollars the Cubs gave out in contracts during the offseason, including $136 million for Alfonso Soriano.
First Published April 2, 2007 12:00 am