Key dates in 2007 for the Majors
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San Diego at San Francisco ... These are the final two teams to begin the season. Barry Bonds hits No. 735. The race is on.
April 5: Boston's "Dice-K" makes major-league debut in Kansas City. Unveiling -- or not unveiling -- his gyroball, Dice no-hits the Royals, 3-0. Matsuzaka Mania begins in earnest.
May 7: Bonds scores his 23rd run of the season to move into third place all-time in runs scored behind Rickey Henderson and Ty Cobb. Nobody seems to care much.
May 29: Houston's Craig Biggio gets his 35th hit of the season. He's halfway to the 70 hits he needs this season to become the 27th member of the 3,000-hit club.
June 8: Barry Zito beats his former Oakland teammates and Bonds launches No. 745 into McCovey Cove.
June 15: The New York Mets' Tom Glavine gets his eighth victory of the season. The left-hander needs two more wins to become the 23rd member of the 300-win club.
July 10: Bonds homers in his only All-Star Game at-bat, delighting the hometown fans. Adam LaRoche's ninth-inning home run wins All-Star Game for National League, 6-5.
July 29: Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken are inducted into Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Congratulations, guys!
July 30: Sur-prising Kansas City, which rebounded nicely from being no-hit by Matsuzaka in April, beats Minnesota, 2-1, to take over American League Central lead. Royals are hailed as the "Tigers of 2007."
Aug. 7: After enduring a slump, Glavine fittingly gets No. 300 against Atlanta in New York.
Aug. 12: Bonds hits No. 752 against Pirates in San Francisco. Commissioner Bud Selig announces he's taking a vacation, sets no timetable for return to work.
Aug. 24: Biggio, after a prolonged slump, finally gets hit No. 3,000 against the Pirates in Houston.
Aug. 28: Bonds goes on disabled list with a sore elbow. He's stuck at 753 career home runs. Selig hurriedly returns from vacation.
Aug. 31: Roger Clemens announces he's coming out of retirement -- again! -- and signs a one-month contract with the Yankees for $2,222,222.
Sept. 12: Bonds begins taking batting practice and says he's close to returning. Selig calls his travel agent.
Sept. 14: Detroit beats Minnesota in opener of three-game series and takes a one-game lead in AL Central.
Sept. 16: Bonds hits No. 753 in San Diego. Selig flies to Cancun to resume "much-needed" vacation.
Sept. 23: Tigers finish three-game sweep of Royals to clinch AL Central championship. Sean Casey's reaction? "Wow! Oh, golly! Man, this is so cool, dude! Gee, whiz! Wow! Neat-o! My gosh!"
Sept. 24: Bonds hits No. 754 against San Diego. A sellout crowd in San Francisco goes manic.
Sept. 26: Bonds, in Giants' final home game of the season, goes 0 for 1 with four intentional walks. Giants head for Los Angeles and final three games of season. Selig extends hotel stay for at least three more nights.
Sept. 30: Bonds in his final plate appearance of the season is intentionally walked in the ninth inning.
Oct. 1: Bonds announces he'll return in 2008 to resume pursuit of Hank Aaron's career home run record. Selig abruptly announces he'll retire right now.
First Published April 2, 2007 12:00 am