Florida OF Jeremy Hermida became the first player in more than a century and only the second ever to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat, connecting in the seventh inning off St. Louis's RHP Al Reyes last night.
Hermida batted for Brian Moehler with Florida trailing 10-0.
The only other player with a grand slam in his first major league at-bat was William "Frosty Bill" Duggleby, who did it for Philadelphia at home against the New York Giants in the second inning on April 21, 1898, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The only other major leaguer to hit a slam in his first game was Bobby Bonds for San Francisco on June 25, 1968.
* BURROUGHS CALLED UP: San Diego called up 3B Sean Burroughs for the stretch drive, 51/2 weeks after he was demoted to Class AAA to try to regain his batting stroke.
Burroughs entered a 9-5 win over Arizona in the seventh inning and got a single in his only at-bat.
"I couldn't get here quick enough," he said before the game.
Burroughs, whose average had dropped to .255 when he was sent down to Portland on July 23, will be used as a pinch hitter and to give Joe Randa an occasional rest at third base.
* CORREIA INJURED: San Francisco RHP Kevin Correia left the game after two innings due to an injury in his right shoulder.
Correia, 2-5 with a 4.31 ERA, was making his sixth start. Before the game, Giants Manager Felipe Alou said Correia had pitched his way into the starting rotation for next year.
* WOOD WORK: Cubs RHP Kerry Wood underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out his right shoulder, putting an end to a season riddled by injuries. He made only 10 starts.
"You hate to say wait-and-see, but that's how it is," Cubs Manager Dusty Baker said. "We're counting on him big time" next year.
-- From News Services