On June 10, 2007 39-year-old Masumi Kuwata enters a game for the Pirates. He becomes the oldest major league rookie in 47 years, since Diomedes Olivo debuted – also with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kuwata allows one hit in two innings, but it is a two-run homer to Alex Rodriguez. Ken Takahashi, another veteran of Nippon Pro Baseball, will debut at age 40 in 2009.
The Blue Jays roll over the sleep-walking Yankees, 14 – 0. Andy Pettitte lasts just three innings in losing to Chris Carpenter, who goes the distance, allowing six hits while striking out 11.
September 4, 2001
The Giants beat the Nationals, 5 – 1, in the first half of a doubleheader. Randy Johnson allows two hits and one run in six innings to win his 300th game in the major leagues. He is the first pitcher since Tom Seaver in 1985 to join the 300 win club on his first try and the second-oldest, after Phil Niekro. This milestone comes on the 10th anniversary of his 150th career win, and 20th anniverary of his 5th career win.
June 4, 2009
The Marlins explode for 6 runs in the 9th inning in Wrigley Field to beat the Cubs, 6 – 3, for their sixth straight win. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs hits a bases-clearing double off closer Carlos Marmol to put his team on the scoreboard after they enter the 9th trailing, 2 – 0. The Marlins send 11 batters to the plate in their last turn at bat, negating a solid outing by Cubs starter Matt Garza, who throws seven scoreless innings. After blowing another 9th-inning lead tomorrow, Marmol will be relieved of the closer’s job.
July 14, 2011
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