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2000 – Moises Alou, Richard Hidalgo and Tony Eusebio drill back-to-back-to back homers during an 8-4 win in Colorado. Alou’s is his second of the night off Pedro Astacio. Stan Belinda relieves and is greeted with the next two bombs. Jeff Bagwell also goes deep. 

2000 – Moises Alou, Richard Hidalgo and Tony Eusebio drill back-to-back-to back homers during an 8-4 win in Colorado. Alou’s is his second of the night off Pedro Astacio. Stan Belinda relieves and is greeted with the next two bombs. Jeff Bagwell also goes deep. 

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2000 – Lance Berkman and Ken Caminiti go deep off Rudy Seanez in the bottom of the eighth to shock the Braves, 4-3. Marc Valdes is the surprise winner in relief. The blasts ruin a fine effort by Kevin Millwood that comes eight months too late for Astros fans. 

2000 – Lance Berkman and Ken Caminiti go deep off Rudy Seanez in the bottom of the eighth to shock the Braves, 4-3. Marc Valdes is the surprise winner in relief. The blasts ruin a fine effort by Kevin Millwood that comes eight months too late for Astros fans. 

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2000 – Ken Caminiti belts a grand slam and Craig Biggio drives in four to lead Houston past Colorado, 13-8, at Enron Field. The Astros climb out of a 7-1 hole with Caminiti’s slam and a four-run sixth. 

2000 – Ken Caminiti belts a grand slam and Craig Biggio drives in four to lead Houston past Colorado, 13-8, at Enron Field. The Astros climb out of a 7-1 hole with Caminiti’s slam and a four-run sixth. 

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2000 – Enron Field’s first regular-season opener goes much the same way as the Astrodome – a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. Craig Biggio leads off the season with a single but it isn’t until Richard Hidalgo homers in the seventh that the sellout crowd has more to cheer. For trivia buffs, Randy Wolf gets to howl as Enron’s first winning pitcher much like Chris Short 35 years before. 

2000 – Enron Field’s first regular-season opener goes much the same way as the Astrodome – a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia. Craig Biggio leads off the season with a single but it isn’t until Richard Hidalgo homers in the seventh that the sellout crowd has more to cheer. For trivia buffs, Randy Wolf gets to howl as Enron’s first winning pitcher much like Chris Short 35 years before. 

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2000 – Houston swaps lefty relievers with Philadelphia, obtaining Yorkis Perez for Trever Miller. Perez would see action in 33 games, earning a 2-1 record before being released. Miller was 5-2 with a pair of saves over two seasons as an Astro. 

2000 – Houston swaps lefty relievers with Philadelphia, obtaining Yorkis Perez for Trever Miller. Perez would see action in 33 games, earning a 2-1 record before being released. Miller was 5-2 with a pair of saves over two seasons as an Astro. 

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2000 – Major League Baseball comes to the Dominican Republic for the first time as the Astros drop the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo. Jeff Bagwell launches two homers to pace the Houston victory. Dominican pitcher Jose Limathrills his countrymen with a 3-2 triumph the next day. 

2000 – Major League Baseball comes to the Dominican Republic for the first time as the Astros drop the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo. Jeff Bagwell launches two homers to pace the Houston victory. Dominican pitcher Jose Limathrills his countrymen with a 3-2 triumph the next day. 

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2000 – Two armed gunmen rob six Astros minor leaguers in a motel in Kissimmee, FL. One is apprehended at the scene while the other fled after jumping through a second-story window. One player suffers a bite to his neck. 

2000 – Two armed gunmen rob six Astros minor leaguers in a motel in Kissimmee, FL. One is apprehended at the scene while the other fled after jumping through a second-story window. One player suffers a bite to his neck. 

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2000 – Disappointments Mitch Meluskey, Roger Cedeno and Chris Holt are sent to the Detroit Tigers for catcher Brad Ausmus and pitchers Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz. It’s the second trip to Houston for both Ausmus and Brocail. Meluskey leaves with a .291 career average and 15 homers but questions arose about his abilities behind the plate. Holt leaves with a 21-42 record. 

2000 – Disappointments Mitch Meluskey, Roger Cedeno and Chris Holt are sent to the Detroit Tigers for catcher Brad Ausmus and pitchers Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz. It’s the second trip to Houston for both Ausmus and Brocail. Meluskey leaves with a .291 career average and 15 homers but questions arose about his abilities behind the plate. Holt leaves with a 21-42 record. 

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2000 – Andujar Cedeno dies in an automobile accident in his hometown of La Romana, DR, at age 31. The shortstop arrives with high expectations and hits .250 with 31 homers during five seasons but he has trouble fulfilling his potential and is included in the mega-trade with San Diego, eventually returning from Detroit for three final big league games in 1996. 

2000 – Andujar Cedeno dies in an automobile accident in his hometown of La Romana, DR, at age 31. The shortstop arrives with high expectations and hits .250 with 31 homers during five seasons but he has trouble fulfilling his potential and is included in the mega-trade with San Diego, eventually returning from Detroit for three final big league games in 1996. 

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2000 – Jeff Bagwell goes deep off Everett Stull for his 47th home run of the year, besting his own club record. The Astros hold on to nip the Brewers, 7-6. Keith Ginter and Lance Berkman also homer. 

2000 – Jeff Bagwell goes deep off Everett Stull for his 47th home run of the year, besting his own club record. The Astros hold on to nip the Brewers, 7-6. Keith Ginter and Lance Berkman also homer. 

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2000 – Richard Hidalgo hits two home runs to give him a career-high 44 while the Astros set a National League mark for homers by one team (ending with 249). But Houston gives up six home runs, including three off Jose Lima who sets another league home run record (47) as Cincinnati wins, 12-5, at Cinergy Field. 

2000 – Richard Hidalgo hits two home runs to give him a career-high 44 while the Astros set a National League mark for homers by one team (ending with 249). But Houston gives up six home runs, including three off Jose Lima who sets another league home run record (47) as Cincinnati wins, 12-5, at Cinergy Field. 

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2000 – Chris Truby drives in five runs while Moises Alou plates four to pace a 16-7 massacre of the Pirates. Both go deep in the contest. Truby also adds a double and a triple. Brian Powell wins in relief. 

2000 – Chris Truby drives in five runs while Moises Alou plates four to pace a 16-7 massacre of the Pirates. Both go deep in the contest. Truby also adds a double and a triple. Brian Powell wins in relief. 

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2000 – With a second-inning double off Glendon Rusch, Tony Eusebio sets a team-record 24-game hitting streak that began on July 9th. The reserve catcher goes 2-for-4 but the New York Mets come away with a 4-2 verdict. Houston’s runs are on homers from Roger Cedeno and Richard Hidalgo. 

2000 – With a second-inning double off Glendon Rusch, Tony Eusebio sets a team-record 24-game hitting streak that began on July 9th. The reserve catcher goes 2-for-4 but the New York Mets come away with a 4-2 verdict. Houston’s runs are on homers from Roger Cedeno and Richard Hidalgo. 

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2000 – Jeff Bagwell drives in seven to tie a club record as Houston smashes the Phillies, 14-7. Bagwell and Moises Alou both homer twice. Chris Truby and Richard Hidalgo also go deep. Bagwell has a four-hit afternoon to pace a 19-hit assault. 

2000 – Jeff Bagwell drives in seven to tie a club record as Houston smashes the Phillies, 14-7. Bagwell and Moises Alou both homer twice. Chris Truby and Richard Hidalgo also go deep. Bagwell has a four-hit afternoon to pace a 19-hit assault. 

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2000 – Moises Alou slams two home runs and drives in five during a 16-2 bombardment of Pittsburgh. Tony Eusebio and Tim Bogar both have four-hit nights. Chris Holt scatters five hits in a complete-game effort. 

2000 – Moises Alou slams two home runs and drives in five during a 16-2 bombardment of Pittsburgh. Tony Eusebio and Tim Bogar both have four-hit nights. Chris Holt scatters five hits in a complete-game effort. 

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2000 – Six different Astros belt home runs and they’ll need all of them to outlast Pittsburgh, 11-10. Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Chris Truby, Moises Alou, Tim Bogar and Julio Lugo play long ball to build an 11-2 lead but no lead is safe at Enron Field. The Bucs storm back with eight runs in the last two frames before Octavio Dotel can coax the final out. 

2000 – Six different Astros belt home runs and they’ll need all of them to outlast Pittsburgh, 11-10. Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, Chris Truby, Moises Alou, Tim Bogar and Julio Lugo play long ball to build an 11-2 lead but no lead is safe at Enron Field. The Bucs storm back with eight runs in the last two frames before Octavio Dotel can coax the final out. 

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2000 – Houston snaps a 2-2 tie with five runs in the ninth to flog the Phillies, 7-2, at Veterans Stadium. Lance Berkman doubles twice and drives in four. Moises Alou adds three hits, including a homer. 

2000 – Houston snaps a 2-2 tie with five runs in the ninth to flog the Phillies, 7-2, at Veterans Stadium. Lance Berkman doubles twice and drives in four. Moises Alou adds three hits, including a homer. 

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2000 – Bill Spiers drills two home runs and drives in six for a 15-7 triumph over St. Louis at Enron Field. His seventh-inning grand slam off Heathcliff Slocumb during a six-run frame puts this one out of reach. Lance Berkman also goes deep twice. Andy Benes is tagged for four Houston homers in the second inning – two-run shots by Spiers and Jeff Bagwell followed by solo blasts from Berkman and Richard Hidalgo. 

2000 – Bill Spiers drills two home runs and drives in six for a 15-7 triumph over St. Louis at Enron Field. His seventh-inning grand slam off Heathcliff Slocumb during a six-run frame puts this one out of reach. Lance Berkman also goes deep twice. Andy Benes is tagged for four Houston homers in the second inning – two-run shots by Spiers and Jeff Bagwell followed by solo blasts from Berkman and Richard Hidalgo. 

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2000 – Jose Lima snaps a personal 13-game losing streak with a 9-6 victory over Kansas City. Lance Berkman powers two homers and drives in four while Bill Spiers spanks two doubles and a triple. Moises Alou also goes deep. 

2000 – Jose Lima snaps a personal 13-game losing streak with a 9-6 victory over Kansas City. Lance Berkman powers two homers and drives in four while Bill Spiers spanks two doubles and a triple. Moises Alou also goes deep. 

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The Rangers sign free agent P Mark Petkovsek to a two-year contract, and 3B Ken Caminiti to a contract. In other free agent signings today, the Rockies sign OF Ron Gant and the Pirates sign OF Derek Bell to a two-year contract

The Rangers sign free agent P Mark Petkovsek to a two-year contract, and 3B Ken Caminiti to a contract. In other free agent signings today, the Rockies sign OF Ron Gant and the Pirates sign OF Derek Bell to a two-year contract

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Receiving 25 of 32 first-place votes, Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal is selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner. Furcal, the only player listed on all 32 ballots, easily outdistances Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel and Mets outfielder Jay Payton.

Receiving 25 of 32 first-place votes, Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal is selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner. Furcal, the only player listed on all 32 ballots, easily outdistances Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel and Mets outfielder Jay Payton.

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2000 – The Seattle Mariners sign 2B Bret Boone to a $3.25 million, one-year deal. The former San Diego Padres second baseman played in only 127 games season due to a bruised right knee which ended his season in late August, but will be re-born in Seattle.

2000 – The Seattle Mariners sign 2B Bret Boone to a $3.25 million, one-year deal. The former San Diego Padres second baseman played in only 127 games season due to a bruised right knee which ended his season in late August, but will be re-born in Seattle.

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Hoping to pick it up where his success started, 41 year-old outfielder Tim Raines agrees to a minor league contract with the Expos, the team he played for as a rookie in 1979. After retiring in Yankee camp during spring training with a .295 career batting average, he failed to make this year’s U.S. Olympic team.

Hoping to pick it up where his success started, 41 year-old outfielder Tim Raines agrees to a minor league contract with the Expos, the team he played for as a rookie in 1979. After retiring in Yankee camp during spring training with a .295 career batting average, he failed to make this year’s U.S. Olympic team.

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2000 – Hoping to pick it up where it all started, 41-year old OF Tim Raines agrees to a minor league contract with the Montreal Expos, the team he broke in with in 1979. After retiring in Yankees camp during spring training with a .295 career batting average, Raines failed to make this year’s U.S. Olympic team.

2000 – Hoping to pick it up where it all started, 41-year old OF Tim Raines agrees to a minor league contract with the Montreal Expos, the team he broke in with in 1979. After retiring in Yankees camp during spring training with a .295 career batting average, Raines failed to make this year’s U.S. Olympic team.

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After trading their All-Star shortstop to the Mets last season, the Orioles get him back agreeing to a two-year deal with free agent Mike Bordick. The move will send Melvin Mora, the player obtained from the Mets to replace Bordick, to the outfield where he is a stronger defensive player.

After trading their All-Star shortstop to the Mets last season, the Orioles get him back agreeing to a two-year deal with free agent Mike Bordick. The move will send Melvin Mora, the player obtained from the Mets to replace Bordick, to the outfield where he is a stronger defensive player.

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2000 – Free agent Sandy Alomar Jr. agrees to a $5.4 million, two-year deal with the White Sox. The former Indians catcher will replace Charles Johnson, who earlier in the day signed to a $35 million, five-year contract with the Marlins.

2000 – Free agent Sandy Alomar Jr. agrees to a $5.4 million, two-year deal with the White Sox. The former Indians catcher will replace Charles Johnson, who earlier in the day signed to a $35 million, five-year contract with the Marlins.

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2000 – City and club officials announce plans for the financing and construction of a new, downtown Miami retractable roof ballpark for the Marlins. The state-of-the-art $385 million stadium, which will be a 40,000-seat facility with 60 luxury suites, includes a 40-year lease and an agreement to rename the team the “Miami Marlins”. The deal will soon run into snags and the stadium will not be built for another decade, however.

2000 – City and club officials announce plans for the financing and construction of a new, downtown Miami retractable roof ballpark for the Marlins. The state-of-the-art $385 million stadium, which will be a 40,000-seat facility with 60 luxury suites, includes a 40-year lease and an agreement to rename the team the “Miami Marlins”. The deal will soon run into snags and the stadium will not be built for another decade, however.

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In the wake of the Alex Rodriguez deal, the Rangers send Royce Clayton to the White Sox for right-handed pitchers Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack. The former Texas shortstop displaced by the team’s acquisition of A-Rod will bat .258 during his two-year tenure on the South Side of the Windy City.

In the wake of the Alex Rodriguez deal, the Rangers send Royce Clayton to the White Sox for right-handed pitchers Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack. The former Texas shortstop displaced by the team’s acquisition of A-Rod will bat .258 during his two-year tenure on the South Side of the Windy City.

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The Cardinals trade third baseman Fernando Tatis and right-hander Britt Reames to the Expos for right-handed starter Dustin Hermanson and left-hander closer Steve Kline. The Redbirds’ new southpaw reliever will appear in more than half of the team’s games next season, posting a 3-3 record along with nine saves in his league-leading 89 trips to the mound.

The Cardinals trade third baseman Fernando Tatis and right-hander Britt Reames to the Expos for right-handed starter Dustin Hermanson and left-hander closer Steve Kline. The Redbirds’ new southpaw reliever will appear in more than half of the team’s games next season, posting a 3-3 record along with nine saves in his league-leading 89 trips to the mound.

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2000 – The Braves sign 1B Rico Brogna to a contract, the Padres sign IF Alex Arias for the next two years, and, outbidding the Indians, the Red Sox sign Manny Ramirez to a reported eight-year, $160 million contract.

2000 – The Braves sign 1B Rico Brogna to a contract, the Padres sign IF Alex Arias for the next two years, and, outbidding the Indians, the Red Sox sign Manny Ramirez to a reported eight-year, $160 million contract.

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The Tigers obtain P Chris Holt, OF Roger Cedeno, and C Mitch Meluskey from the Astros for C Brad Ausmus and pitchers Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz. Houston catchers threw out 22% of base stealers in 2000, while Ausmus gunned down 42%.

The Tigers obtain P Chris Holt, OF Roger Cedeno, and C Mitch Meluskey from the Astros for C Brad Ausmus and pitchers Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz. Houston catchers threw out 22% of base stealers in 2000, while Ausmus gunned down 42%.

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Alex Rodriguez signs the richest contract in sports history, a ten-year deal with the Rangers worth $252 million. The quarter billion dollars doubles the previous high of $126 million paid by the NBA’s Timberwolves to Kevin Garnett in a six-year agreement signed in October, 1997.

Alex Rodriguez signs the richest contract in sports history, a ten-year deal with the Rangers worth $252 million. The quarter billion dollars doubles the previous high of $126 million paid by the NBA’s Timberwolves to Kevin Garnett in a six-year agreement signed in October, 1997.

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