Opening Day notes
• The Phillies have opened the season on April 6 three previous times: a 4-2 loss at Pittsburgh in 1971; a 3-0 loss at Shea Stadium in 1973; and a 5-4 win over the Mets at the Vet on a one-out, two-run homer in the last of the ninth by Mike Schmidt off Tug McGraw. Schmidt was batting eighth in the order that game.
• Schmidt has the most home runs on Opening Day for the Phils (five).
• Right-hander Robin Roberts has the most wins for the Phillies (five) and the most losses (six).
• Left-hander Steve Carlton made the most starts for the Phils (14).
• Left-hander Chris Short has the most shutouts in Phillies history (three): 1965, the first game in Houston's Astrodome; 1968 at Dodger Stadium; and 1970, the final Connie Mack Stadium season opener. All three were 2-0 wins.
• Fred Luderus, the Phils' team captain 100 years ago, started nine consecutive seasons at first base, 1911-19. It remains a club record. This will be first baseman Ryan Howard's ninth Opening Day lineup, but not consecutive -- he began 2012 on the disabled list.
Notable season openers
May 1, 1883
The Phillies lost their initial opener, 4-3, to Providence at Recreation Park, 24th and Columbia Avenues, when the Grays scored four runs in the eighth to overcome a 3-0 deficit. Attendance was an estimated 1,200. Future Hall of Famer Charles (Old Hoss) Radbourne was the winner in the first of 48 victories for him that season. John Coleman was the loser, the first of his 48 defeats (13 wins).
April 19, 1900
The Phillies won at Boston, 19-17, in 10 innings in the highest-scoring opener in baseball history. Boston tied the game by scoring nine in the bottom of the ninth.
April 9, 1913
The Phillies won the first game played in Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, 1-0, over the Dodgers. Right-hander Tom Seaton was the winner.
April 14, 1915
The Phillies won at Boston, 3-0, as Grover Cleveland Alexander blanked the defending World Series champions. The Phillies went on to win their first National League pennant.
April 13, 1955
Roberts lost a no-hitter at Connie Mack Stadium with one out in the ninth inning, when Alvin Dark singled. Roberts prevailed, 4-2, over the Giants. Richie Ashburn, injured late in Spring Training, saw his club-record streak of consecutive games played end at 730 games.
April 12, 1965
The Phillies won the first NL game played in Houston's Astrodome over the Colt .45s. Short tossed a four-hitter and third baseman Dick Allen homered.
April 7, 2000
Left-hander Randy Wolf was the winner, third baseman Scott Rolen hit his first homer and the Phillies prevailed, 4-1, in first game in Houston's Enron Field.