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2009 – Kazuo Matsui beats out an infield single in Milwaukee for his 2,000th career hit combined from his career as a star shortstop in the Japanese majors as well as his six years in the National League. Play is stopped as Japanese officials recognize Matsui’s automatic induction into Japan’s Meikyukai, similar to our Hall of Fame. The event gets live television coverage back in his homeland. The Astros, however, fall in a 6-2 defeat. 

2009 – Kazuo Matsui beats out an infield single in Milwaukee for his 2,000th career hit combined from his career as a star shortstop in the Japanese majors as well as his six years in the National League. Play is stopped as Japanese officials recognize Matsui’s automatic induction into Japan’s Meikyukai, similar to our Hall of Fame. The event gets live television coverage back in his homeland. The Astros, however, fall in a 6-2 defeat. 

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2004 – Down 4-2 in the ninth, the Astros rally for three runs to nip the Expos, 5-4. Jason Lane and Orlando Palmeiro deliver RBI singles. Carlos Beltran delivers a two-run homer in the first. With a record of 57-60, Houston is 19-1/2 games in back of St. Louis and six games behind wild card leaders Chicago and San Francisco. The ninth-inning rally sparks a two-month run unmatched in franchise history. 

2004 – Down 4-2 in the ninth, the Astros rally for three runs to nip the Expos, 5-4. Jason Lane and Orlando Palmeiro deliver RBI singles. Carlos Beltran delivers a two-run homer in the first. With a record of 57-60, Houston is 19-1/2 games in back of St. Louis and six games behind wild card leaders Chicago and San Francisco. The ninth-inning rally sparks a two-month run unmatched in franchise history. 

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1980 – In the 20th inning, the Padres play good hosts, giftwrapping a rally so Houston can celebrate a 3-1 victory. An error by Ozzie Smith puts Luis Pujols aboard, a late throw to second moves him up then Jerry Mumphrey muffs a fly ball from Terry Puhl to bring in the winning runs. Rookie Dave Smith, a San Diego product, pitches the final four innings for the win, ending the 6-1/2 hour marathon. 

1980 – In the 20th inning, the Padres play good hosts, giftwrapping a rally so Houston can celebrate a 3-1 victory. An error by Ozzie Smith puts Luis Pujols aboard, a late throw to second moves him up then Jerry Mumphrey muffs a fly ball from Terry Puhl to bring in the winning runs. Rookie Dave Smith, a San Diego product, pitches the final four innings for the win, ending the 6-1/2 hour marathon. 

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1977 – Art Howe’s first-inning grand slam keys a six-run first inning on Houston’s way to a 15-3 laugher in Atlanta. Rob Sperring and J.R. Richard also launch bombs before the Astros wait through a rain delay with a 15-0 lead. Sperring gets four hits. Dan Larsontosses four innings of relief for the “save”. 

1977 – Art Howe’s first-inning grand slam keys a six-run first inning on Houston’s way to a 15-3 laugher in Atlanta. Rob Sperring and J.R. Richard also launch bombs before the Astros wait through a rain delay with a 15-0 lead. Sperring gets four hits. Dan Larsontosses four innings of relief for the “save”. 

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1970 – Don Wilson hurls a 16-hitter during a 7-3 victory in Montreal. That’s no typo. Wilson caps a five-run first inning with an RBI single and this lead lets him stay in the game as he dodges Montreal’s bullets all day. Fred Gladding is summoned to get the final out after Wilson allows three straight hits with two out in the ninth.

1970 – Don Wilson hurls a 16-hitter during a 7-3 victory in Montreal. That’s no typo. Wilson caps a five-run first inning with an RBI single and this lead lets him stay in the game as he dodges Montreal’s bullets all day. Fred Gladding is summoned to get the final out after Wilson allows three straight hits with two out in the ninth.

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With one out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game, Willie Mays, running at full speed, makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo’s drive to deep centerfield. After grabbing the ball, the rookie outfielder turns counterclockwise and throws a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play, and some believe, the catch, in the eventual Giants’ 3-1 Polo Grounds victory over the Dodgers, is the impetus for the beginning of the team’s incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.

With one out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game, Willie Mays, running at full speed, makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo’s drive to deep centerfield. After grabbing the ball, the rookie outfielder turns counterclockwise and throws a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play, and some believe, the catch, in the eventual Giants’ 3-1 Polo Grounds victory over the Dodgers, is the impetus for the beginning of the team’s incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.

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2018 – Jose Urena of the Marlins decides that the only way to stop Ronald Acuna, who has led off his last three games with a homer and has homered in five straight, is to hit him with his first pitch of the game. He plunks the Braves’ 20-year-old budding superstar on the elbow, prompting a bench-clearing brawl. Urena is immediately ejected, as is Braves manager Brian Snitker. Most commentators call for exemplary punishment for a stupid gesture that even manager Don Mattingly refuses to defend. The Braves go on to win again, 5 – 2, but Acuna has to leave in the 2nd inning with a bad bruise. Urena will be suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for his antics.

2018 – Jose Urena of the Marlins decides that the only way to stop Ronald Acuna, who has led off his last three games with a homer and has homered in five straight, is to hit him with his first pitch of the game. He plunks the Braves’ 20-year-old budding superstar on the elbow, prompting a bench-clearing brawl. Urena is immediately ejected, as is Braves manager Brian Snitker. Most commentators call for exemplary punishment for a stupid gesture that even manager Don Mattingly refuses to defend. The Braves go on to win again, 5 – 2, but Acuna has to leave in the 2nd inning with a bad bruise. Urena will be suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for his antics.

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2015 – The Red Sox put up a football score in defeating the Mariners, 22 – 10, at Fenway Park. The two teams combine for 7 homers and 39 hits. The Red Sox chase Felix Hernandez with 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings, then both teams go wild in their last two turns at bat, with 7 runs for Boston and 8 for Seattle. Jackie Bradley has a game for the ages, with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 5 runs and 7 RBIs, while Blake Swihart has 4 hits, 4 runs and 3 RBIs and Xander Bogaerts also has 4 hits. Lost in all the scoring, Boston starter Wade Miley has a solid game, giving up only 2 runs in 7 innings to earn the win. The Sox are the first big league team to have 15 runs and 20 hits in back-to-back games since they had done so in 1950, while the Mariners allow the most runs in team history.

2015 – The Red Sox put up a football score in defeating the Mariners, 22 – 10, at Fenway Park. The two teams combine for 7 homers and 39 hits. The Red Sox chase Felix Hernandez with 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings, then both teams go wild in their last two turns at bat, with 7 runs for Boston and 8 for Seattle. Jackie Bradley has a game for the ages, with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 5 runs and 7 RBIs, while Blake Swihart has 4 hits, 4 runs and 3 RBIs and Xander Bogaerts also has 4 hits. Lost in all the scoring, Boston starter Wade Miley has a solid game, giving up only 2 runs in 7 innings to earn the win. The Sox are the first big league team to have 15 runs and 20 hits in back-to-back games since they had done so in 1950, while the Mariners allow the most runs in team history.

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The Tampa Bay Rays shut out the Yankees, 5 – 0, behind Alex Cobb, to reach the .500 mark at 62-62. What is remarkable is that they were 18 games below .500 on June 10th, making them only the fourth team in history to return to parity from such a deficit. The 1899 Louisville Colonels were 22 games below before reaching .500 for the all-time record.

The Tampa Bay Rays shut out the Yankees, 5 – 0, behind Alex Cobb, to reach the .500 mark at 62-62. What is remarkable is that they were 18 games below .500 on June 10th, making them only the fourth team in history to return to parity from such a deficit. The 1899 Louisville Colonels were 22 games below before reaching .500 for the all-time record.

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In the first game of the 2014 Italian Series, Fortitudo Bologna scores four runs in the 1st off former major leaguer Enrique Gonzalez and carry a 5 – 1 lead into the top of the 9th. Raul Rivero, who had a 0.40 ERA in the regular season, promptly blows it by giving up a walk and five singles. In the 11th, Leonardo Zileri homers off Manauris Baez to give ASD Rimini the comeback 6 – 5 win.

In the first game of the 2014 Italian Series, Fortitudo Bologna scores four runs in the 1st off former major leaguer Enrique Gonzalez and carry a 5 – 1 lead into the top of the 9th. Raul Rivero, who had a 0.40 ERA in the regular season, promptly blows it by giving up a walk and five singles. In the 11th, Leonardo Zileri homers off Manauris Baez to give ASD Rimini the comeback 6 – 5 win.

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Mo’ne Davis of Philadelphia, PA strikes out eight in a two-hitter to beat Nashville, TN, 4 – 0, in the 2014 Little League World Series. She is the first girl to throw a shutout at a Little League World Series. Sports Illustrated will make her the first Little Leaguer to appear on its cover as a result.

Mo’ne Davis of Philadelphia, PA strikes out eight in a two-hitter to beat Nashville, TN, 4 – 0, in the 2014 Little League World Series. She is the first girl to throw a shutout at a Little League World Series. Sports Illustrated will make her the first Little Leaguer to appear on its cover as a result.

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2013 – At the quarterly owners meeting held in Cooperstown, NY, Commissioner Bud Selig announces a plan to expand video review, which is now limited to home runs, significantly. Under the proposal, a manager will have the right to request up to three reviews per game – one in the first six innings and two in the last three – and will not otherwise be allowed to argue such “reviewable” calls. A number of decisions will remain non-reviewable, however. The plan still needs to be fleshed out, in particular by defining which calls are reviewable and which are not, before being submitted for formal approval at the next winter meetings. The Player’s Union and Umpires Association will also need to agree to the changes.

2013 – At the quarterly owners meeting held in Cooperstown, NY, Commissioner Bud Selig announces a plan to expand video review, which is now limited to home runs, significantly. Under the proposal, a manager will have the right to request up to three reviews per game – one in the first six innings and two in the last three – and will not otherwise be allowed to argue such “reviewable” calls. A number of decisions will remain non-reviewable, however. The plan still needs to be fleshed out, in particular by defining which calls are reviewable and which are not, before being submitted for formal approval at the next winter meetings. The Player’s Union and Umpires Association will also need to agree to the changes.

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A proposal that would dramatically increase the number of plays that can be reviewed during a game is presented at the quarterly Owners Meetings by a committee consisting of Braves president John Schuerholz and former major league skippers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa. The rule change, which will be formally voted on by the owners in November, will allow a manager to inform an umpire that he wants to initiate a play review, with challenges being permitted once in the first six innings and twice more from the seventh through the end of the game, without any provision to cover the possibility of an obviously missed call late in the game when all of a team’s challenges have been used.

A proposal that would dramatically increase the number of plays that can be reviewed during a game is presented at the quarterly Owners Meetings by a committee consisting of Braves president John Schuerholz and former major league skippers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa. The rule change, which will be formally voted on by the owners in November, will allow a manager to inform an umpire that he wants to initiate a play review, with challenges being permitted once in the first six innings and twice more from the seventh through the end of the game, without any provision to cover the possibility of an obviously missed call late in the game when all of a team’s challenges have been used.

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A proposal that would dramatically increase the number of plays that can be reviewed during a game is presented at the quarterly Owners Meetings by a committee consisting of Braves president John Schuerholz and former major league skippers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa. The rule change, which will be formally voted on by the owners in November, will allow a manager to inform an umpire that he wants to initiate a play review, with challenges being permitted once in the first six innings and twice more from the seventh through the end of the game, without any provision to cover the possibility of an obviously missed call late in the game when all of a team’s challenges have been used.

A proposal that would dramatically increase the number of plays that can be reviewed during a game is presented at the quarterly Owners Meetings by a committee consisting of Braves president John Schuerholz and former major league skippers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa. The rule change, which will be formally voted on by the owners in November, will allow a manager to inform an umpire that he wants to initiate a play review, with challenges being permitted once in the first six innings and twice more from the seventh through the end of the game, without any provision to cover the possibility of an obviously missed call late in the game when all of a team’s challenges have been used.

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All-Star OF Melky Cabrera of the Giants sees his outstanding season come to a crashing end with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. Cabrera is hitting .346 with a league-leading 159 hits, but will not be eligible to return to play this year unless the Giants make it to the second round of the postseason; the Giants will indeed make it all the way to the World Series, but will have cut off all remaining ties with their disgraced star by then. Without Cabrera, the Giants lose, 6 – 4, to the Nationals and fall out of first place in the NL West when the Dodgers defeat Pittsburgh, 9 – 3.

All-Star OF Melky Cabrera of the Giants sees his outstanding season come to a crashing end with a 50-game suspension for testing positive for testosterone, a performance-enhancing drug. Cabrera is hitting .346 with a league-leading 159 hits, but will not be eligible to return to play this year unless the Giants make it to the second round of the postseason; the Giants will indeed make it all the way to the World Series, but will have cut off all remaining ties with their disgraced star by then. Without Cabrera, the Giants lose, 6 – 4, to the Nationals and fall out of first place in the NL West when the Dodgers defeat Pittsburgh, 9 – 3.

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Joining Philip Humber (White Sox) and Matt Cain (Giants), Felix Hernandez becomes the third hurler to throw a perfect game this season, marking the first time in major league history that three spotless gems have been hurled in the same year. “King Felix’s” 1-0 victory over the Rays at Safeco Field is the first perfect game and fourth no-hitter in Mariner history, which includes hitless games tossed by Randy Johnson (1990) and Chris Bosio (1993) and the combined effort of six pitchers in June.

Joining Philip Humber (White Sox) and Matt Cain (Giants), Felix Hernandez becomes the third hurler to throw a perfect game this season, marking the first time in major league history that three spotless gems have been hurled in the same year. “King Felix’s” 1-0 victory over the Rays at Safeco Field is the first perfect game and fourth no-hitter in Mariner history, which includes hitless games tossed by Randy Johnson (1990) and Chris Bosio (1993) and the combined effort of six pitchers in June.

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Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera will miss the rest of the season when he is suspended for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for high levels of testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance. The MVP of the All-Star Game, who currently is 13 points behind Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen as the second-leading hitter in the National League, is one plate appearance shy of automatically qualifying for the NL batting title, but could still win the crown if he were to have the circuit’s best average after the addition of a theoretical at-bat.

Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera will miss the rest of the season when he is suspended for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for high levels of testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance. The MVP of the All-Star Game, who currently is 13 points behind Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen as the second-leading hitter in the National League, is one plate appearance shy of automatically qualifying for the NL batting title, but could still win the crown if he were to have the circuit’s best average after the addition of a theoretical at-bat.

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Joining Philip Humber (White Sox) and Matt Cain (Giants), Felix Hernandez becomes the third hurler to throw a perfect game this season, marking the first time in major league history that three spotless gems have been hurled in the same year. “King Felix’s” 1-0 victory over the Rays at Safeco Field is the first perfect game and fourth no-hitter in Mariner history, which includes hitless games tossed by Randy Johnson (1990) and Chris Bosio (1993) and the combined effort of six pitchers in June.

Joining Philip Humber (White Sox) and Matt Cain (Giants), Felix Hernandez becomes the third hurler to throw a perfect game this season, marking the first time in major league history that three spotless gems have been hurled in the same year. “King Felix’s” 1-0 victory over the Rays at Safeco Field is the first perfect game and fourth no-hitter in Mariner history, which includes hitless games tossed by Randy Johnson (1990) and Chris Bosio (1993) and the combined effort of six pitchers in June.

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Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera will miss the rest of the season when he is suspended for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for high levels of testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance. The MVP of the All-Star Game, who currently is 13 points behind Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen as the second-leading hitter in the National League, is one plate appearance shy of automatically qualifying for the NL batting title, but could still win the crown if he were to have the circuit’s best average after the addition of a theoretical at-bat.

Giants left fielder Melky Cabrera will miss the rest of the season when he is suspended for 50 games by MLB for testing positive for high levels of testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance. The MVP of the All-Star Game, who currently is 13 points behind Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen as the second-leading hitter in the National League, is one plate appearance shy of automatically qualifying for the NL batting title, but could still win the crown if he were to have the circuit’s best average after the addition of a theoretical at-bat.

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Felix Hernandez tosses the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history, and the record third perfect game in the majors this year. He dispenses of the Tampa Bay Rays, 1 – 0, using 113 pitches, while striking out 12, including five of the last six batters he faces. It is the third no-hitter – and the second perfect game – thrown in Safeco Field this season, the first time that one stadium had seen two perfect games in a season. Coming into 2012, there had never been a no-hitter at the ballpark.

Felix Hernandez tosses the first perfect game in Seattle Mariners history, and the record third perfect game in the majors this year. He dispenses of the Tampa Bay Rays, 1 – 0, using 113 pitches, while striking out 12, including five of the last six batters he faces. It is the third no-hitter – and the second perfect game – thrown in Safeco Field this season, the first time that one stadium had seen two perfect games in a season. Coming into 2012, there had never been a no-hitter at the ballpark.

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Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home runs plateau when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by a three-run blast an inning later off Detroit’s Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40 year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino’s 6,921.

Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home runs plateau when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by a three-run blast an inning later off Detroit’s Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40 year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino’s 6,921.

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At Petco Park, Jason Isringhausen becomes the 23rd major league pitcher to record 300 career saves when the Mets defeat San Diego in 10 innings, 5-4. The 38 year-old right-handed closer is the third pitcher, along with John Franco (1996) and Billy Wagner (2006), to achieve his 300th save wearing a Mets uniform.

At Petco Park, Jason Isringhausen becomes the 23rd major league pitcher to record 300 career saves when the Mets defeat San Diego in 10 innings, 5-4. The 38 year-old right-handed closer is the third pitcher, along with John Franco (1996) and Billy Wagner (2006), to achieve his 300th save wearing a Mets uniform.

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Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home runs plateau when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by a three-run blast an inning later off Detroit’s Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40 year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino’s 6,921.

Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home runs plateau when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by a three-run blast an inning later off Detroit’s Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40 year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino’s 6,921.

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The Brewers turn the sixth triple play in team history in the 2nd inning of their 3 – 0 win over the Dodgers. With two on and none out, James Loney hits a ground ball up the middle that 2B Josh Wilson ranges to his right to field, and then flips to SS Yuniesky Betancourt with his glove for the first out. Betancourt throws to 1B Prince Fielder for the second out. Prince then sees Matt Kemp trying to score from third base and fires to C George Kottaras who tags out Kemp to end the inning. “You find weird ways to win when you’re hot”, comments winning pitcher Randy Wolf after the game.

The Brewers turn the sixth triple play in team history in the 2nd inning of their 3 – 0 win over the Dodgers. With two on and none out, James Loney hits a ground ball up the middle that 2B Josh Wilson ranges to his right to field, and then flips to SS Yuniesky Betancourt with his glove for the first out. Betancourt throws to 1B Prince Fielder for the second out. Prince then sees Matt Kemp trying to score from third base and fires to C George Kottaras who tags out Kemp to end the inning. “You find weird ways to win when you’re hot”, comments winning pitcher Randy Wolf after the game.

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With 23 of 33 first round picks in the 2011 amateur draft still unsigned when the last day to sign drafted players begins, there is a flurry of signings today. Both the top and second picks in the draft, Gerrit Cole and Danny Hultzen, accept deals. Cole gets $8 million from the Pirates in what becomes the largest minor league contract in history, and Hultzen agrees to $8.5 million from the Mariners and a major league contract. When the dust settles, only Tyler Beede, picked 21st by Toronto, has failed to sign.

With 23 of 33 first round picks in the 2011 amateur draft still unsigned when the last day to sign drafted players begins, there is a flurry of signings today. Both the top and second picks in the draft, Gerrit Cole and Danny Hultzen, accept deals. Cole gets $8 million from the Pirates in what becomes the largest minor league contract in history, and Hultzen agrees to $8.5 million from the Mariners and a major league contract. When the dust settles, only Tyler Beede, picked 21st by Toronto, has failed to sign.

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Kevin Slowey of the Twins pitches 7 no-hit innings against the Oakland A’s, but is taken out of the game having reached his pitch count limit. Slowey skipped his last start because of elbow tendinitis and manager Ron Gardenhire is being careful with him. The Target Field crowd boos when Jon Rauch comes out to start the 8th, and the second batter Rauch faces, Cliff Pennington, breaks up the no-hit bid with a double. The Twins still come out ahead, 4 – 2, thanks to a three-run homer by Jim Thome in the 7th.

Kevin Slowey of the Twins pitches 7 no-hit innings against the Oakland A’s, but is taken out of the game having reached his pitch count limit. Slowey skipped his last start because of elbow tendinitis and manager Ron Gardenhire is being careful with him. The Target Field crowd boos when Jon Rauch comes out to start the 8th, and the second batter Rauch faces, Cliff Pennington, breaks up the no-hit bid with a double. The Twins still come out ahead, 4 – 2, thanks to a three-run homer by Jim Thome in the 7th.

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Albert Pujols becomes the first player to hit 30 homers in his first 10 seasons with a 1st-inning shot off Ryan Dempster of the Cubs, but the Cardinals lose, 9 – 7, in spite of scoring 5 runs in the 9th. Pujols has also hit over .300 and driven in over 100 runs each season he has played so far, and is on pace to reach those totals once again. Meanwhile, the Reds complete a three-game sweep of the Marlins with a 2 – 0 win and retake first place by a game over the Cards in the NL Central.

Albert Pujols becomes the first player to hit 30 homers in his first 10 seasons with a 1st-inning shot off Ryan Dempster of the Cubs, but the Cardinals lose, 9 – 7, in spite of scoring 5 runs in the 9th. Pujols has also hit over .300 and driven in over 100 runs each season he has played so far, and is on pace to reach those totals once again. Meanwhile, the Reds complete a three-game sweep of the Marlins with a 2 – 0 win and retake first place by a game over the Cards in the NL Central.

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Julio Borbon collects four hits and four stolen bases, out of a team record 8 steals, as the Rangers beat Boston, 7 – 2. Elvis Andrus swipes three bases and Ian Kinsler one in what is the second time Boston has allowed 8 stolen bases to an opponent this year.

Julio Borbon collects four hits and four stolen bases, out of a team record 8 steals, as the Rangers beat Boston, 7 – 2. Elvis Andrus swipes three bases and Ian Kinsler one in what is the second time Boston has allowed 8 stolen bases to an opponent this year.

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Closer Brad Lidge’s difficult season continues, after his heroics of 2008. He commits two errors on one play and pick up his 8th blown save of the year in a 4 – 3 Phillies loss to the surging Atlanta Braves.

Closer Brad Lidge’s difficult season continues, after his heroics of 2008. He commits two errors on one play and pick up his 8th blown save of the year in a 4 – 3 Phillies loss to the surging Atlanta Braves.

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Two games in the 2008 Olympics are decided by the new IBAF rule regarding extra innings: starting in the 11th inning, each team starts with men on first and second. Thanks to the new rule, China upsets Taiwan, 7 – 6. China does not score until the 8th but wild pitching from reliever Chia-Jen Lo and a two-run double by Wei Wang put China into the game. After Taiwan scores 3 in the top of the 12th, China rallies for four. A two-out, two-run single by Fenglian Hou is the big hit and an error by RF Chien-Ming Chang lets in the winning run. Kuo-Hui Lo reaches base six times in the loss.

Two games in the 2008 Olympics are decided by the new IBAF rule regarding extra innings: starting in the 11th inning, each team starts with men on first and second. Thanks to the new rule, China upsets Taiwan, 7 – 6. China does not score until the 8th but wild pitching from reliever Chia-Jen Lo and a two-run double by Wei Wang put China into the game. After Taiwan scores 3 in the top of the 12th, China rallies for four. A two-out, two-run single by Fenglian Hou is the big hit and an error by RF Chien-Ming Chang lets in the winning run. Kuo-Hui Lo reaches base six times in the loss.

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Buster Posey, the fifth overall pick in the June amateur draft, gets the largest up-front bonus in major league history when he agrees to a $6.2 million signing deal with the Giants. The highly touted catcher gets slightly more than infielders Tim Beckham (first pick/shortstop), who receives $6.15 million from the Rays, and Pedro Alvarez (second pick/third baseman), who gets $6 million from the Pirates.

Buster Posey, the fifth overall pick in the June amateur draft, gets the largest up-front bonus in major league history when he agrees to a $6.2 million signing deal with the Giants. The highly touted catcher gets slightly more than infielders Tim Beckham (first pick/shortstop), who receives $6.15 million from the Rays, and Pedro Alvarez (second pick/third baseman), who gets $6 million from the Pirates.

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In the other game played under the IBAF’s new rules, Cuba tops the USA, 5 – 4. 3B Michel Enríquez drives in 2 in the 11th against Jeff Stevens, who falls to 0-2 in the Olympics. Jayson Nix, the 2007 Baseball World CupMVP, is injured in the 11th when he bunts a Pedro Luis Lazo fastball back into his face.

In the other game played under the IBAF’s new rules, Cuba tops the USA, 5 – 4. 3B Michel Enríquez drives in 2 in the 11th against Jeff Stevens, who falls to 0-2 in the Olympics. Jayson Nix, the 2007 Baseball World CupMVP, is injured in the 11th when he bunts a Pedro Luis Lazo fastball back into his face.

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Japan beats the Netherlands, 6 – 0, behind Toshiya Sugiuchi and two relievers. The Netherlands, despite two ex-major leaguers and lots of internationally-experienced players, has yet to score after 3 games. A three-run triple by Takahiro Arai off Alexander Smit is the big hit.

Japan beats the Netherlands, 6 – 0, behind Toshiya Sugiuchi and two relievers. The Netherlands, despite two ex-major leaguers and lots of internationally-experienced players, has yet to score after 3 games. A three-run triple by Takahiro Arai off Alexander Smit is the big hit.

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2007 – Yankees slugger Shelley Duncan hits a dramatic three-run homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game, but the Orioles rally with 3 runs of their own in the 10th off Mariano Rivera to win, 6 – 3.

2007 – Yankees slugger Shelley Duncan hits a dramatic three-run homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game, but the Orioles rally with 3 runs of their own in the 10th off Mariano Rivera to win, 6 – 3.

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The Devil Rays have come to terms with their first overall selection in the June first-year player draft, left-handed pitcher David Price. The Vanderbilt University (11-1, 2.63) southpaw signs a six-year major league contract which could be worth as much as $11.25 million if the college junior sticks in the bigs for the length of the deal.

The Devil Rays have come to terms with their first overall selection in the June first-year player draft, left-handed pitcher David Price. The Vanderbilt University (11-1, 2.63) southpaw signs a six-year major league contract which could be worth as much as $11.25 million if the college junior sticks in the bigs for the length of the deal.

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In a contest which takes five-hours, 21 minutes to complete, the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies at Coors Field, 2-1. The 18-inning game ties the D-Back franchise record for the most innings played in a game, and also the longest in Colorado history for both frames played and time of game.

In a contest which takes five-hours, 21 minutes to complete, the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies at Coors Field, 2-1. The 18-inning game ties the D-Back franchise record for the most innings played in a game, and also the longest in Colorado history for both frames played and time of game.

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Joining Jim Hickman (1965), Dave Kingman (1978), Caudell Washington (1980), Darryl Strawberry (1985), Gary Carter (1985), and Edgardo Alfonzo (1999), Jose Reyes, in an 11-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, becomes the seventh Mets player to hit three homers in a game. Like all his predecessors, his trifecta is accomplished on the road.

Joining Jim Hickman (1965), Dave Kingman (1978), Caudell Washington (1980), Darryl Strawberry (1985), Gary Carter (1985), and Edgardo Alfonzo (1999), Jose Reyes, in an 11-4 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, becomes the seventh Mets player to hit three homers in a game. Like all his predecessors, his trifecta is accomplished on the road.

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Felix Hernandez becomes the first teenager to strike out at least 10 batters since Doc Gooden accomplished the feat with the Mets in May of 1984. The 18-year-old Mariner rookie righty K’s 11 batters as the Mariners maul the Royals, 11 – 3.

Felix Hernandez becomes the first teenager to strike out at least 10 batters since Doc Gooden accomplished the feat with the Mets in May of 1984. The 18-year-old Mariner rookie righty K’s 11 batters as the Mariners maul the Royals, 11 – 3.

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Felix Hernandez becomes the first teenager to strike out at least 10 batters since Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden accomplished the feat with the Mets in May of 1984. The 18 year-old Mariner rookie righty K’s 11 batters as the Mariners maul the Royals, 11-3.

Felix Hernandez becomes the first teenager to strike out at least 10 batters since Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden accomplished the feat with the Mets in May of 1984. The 18 year-old Mariner rookie righty K’s 11 batters as the Mariners maul the Royals, 11-3.

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Randy Winn becomes the twenty-first player in Giants history to hit for the cycle. The fleet flychaser, obtained from the Mariners two weeks ago, singles in the first, homers in the third, doubles in the fourth, and completes the feat with a triple in the sixth inning.

Randy Winn becomes the twenty-first player in Giants history to hit for the cycle. The fleet flychaser, obtained from the Mariners two weeks ago, singles in the first, homers in the third, doubles in the fourth, and completes the feat with a triple in the sixth inning.

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Felix Hernandez becomes the first teenager to strike out at least 10 batters since Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden accomplished the feat with the Mets in May of 1984. The 18 year-old Mariner rookie righty K’s 11 batters as the Mariners maul the Royals, 11-3.

Felix Hernandez becomes the first teenager to strike out at least 10 batters since Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden accomplished the feat with the Mets in May of 1984. The 18 year-old Mariner rookie righty K’s 11 batters as the Mariners maul the Royals, 11-3.

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Randy Winn becomes the 21st player in Giants history to hit for the cycle. The fleet flychaser, obtained from the Mariners two weeks earlier, singles in the 1st, homers in the 3rd, doubles in the 4th and completes the feat with a triple in the 6th inning.

Randy Winn becomes the 21st player in Giants history to hit for the cycle. The fleet flychaser, obtained from the Mariners two weeks earlier, singles in the 1st, homers in the 3rd, doubles in the 4th and completes the feat with a triple in the 6th inning.

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