Quote: "It was my opening day. I had that type of anxiety and that type of anxiousness."
The Angels' Randy Velarde, who had not batted in the majors since 1996 because of reconstructive elbow surgery and hit a home run in his first at-bat Wednesday.
It's a fact: The Indians' Chad Ogea and the Orioles' Doug Drabek, opposing pitchers Wednesday night, combined to throw 146 pitches before a batter swung and missed.
Who's hot: The Red Sox's Pedro Martinez extended his AL-leading strikeout total to 83 and lowered his AL-best ERA to 1.79.
Who's not: The Twins are 2-15 when the opponent scores first.
On deck: The Angels' Jason Dickson, an All-Star last season, may lose his job to Omar Olivares, who is filling in for injured Jack McDowell. Dickson is 1-4 with a 8.76 ERA; McDowell comes off the disabled list next week.
Pub Date: 5/15/98