A day of big returns

Published April 10, 1993|Updated Oct. 9, 2005

The Rockies were a mile high, Bo and Barry came back with bats blazing and Nolan looked like, well, Nolan. A lot was happening around the majors Friday:

Colorado, making its home debut in front of a National League regular-season record crowd of 80,227 at Mile High Stadium, trounced Montreal 11-4 after getting two homers in the first inning. "I've been in Boulder 13 years waiting, and God almighty, two home runs _ nothing could be greater," said Tom Savoth of Boulder, Colo.

Bo Jackson, playing in a regular-season game for the first time since hip-replacement surgery, slammed a pinch-hit homer in Chicago's 11-6 loss to New York. Said Bo: "After I crossed home plate, I was a little misty-eyed."

Barry Bonds, who left the Pirates for $43.5-million and San Francisco, returned to boos in Pittsburgh but went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and three runs scored in a 6-5 loss. Before the game he said he missed the old place: "I have feelings for the guys here. You can't even put it in words how empty it feels at times."

Nolan Ryan, 46, back for season No. 27, pitched six innings and picked up the victory in Texas' 3-1 win over the Red Sox. He struck out five, increasing his record total to 5,673.

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