• Yankees captain Derek Jeter renewed acquaintances Friday with Dick Groch, the scout who signed Jeter out of Kalamazoo, Mich., back in 1992. Groch, now a special assistant with the Brewers, was at Rogers Centre for the Blue Jays' home opener.
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Yangervis Solarte (672 career Minor League games) and Dean Anna (554 career Minor League games) were the only players on a 2014 Opening Day big league roster who had played at least 500 games in the Minors without having previously played in the Majors.
• On this date in 1989, Yankees starter Tommy John set a Major League record by pitching in his 26th season, a record since broken by Nolan Ryan with 27. John allowed two runs in seven innings against the Twins at the Metrodome, earning the 287th win of his career.