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Atlanta Braves 6 at Houston Astros 7, F/18 — The 2005 Houston Astros needed just about everyone on their 40-man roster to land their Wild Card berth, so it is also fitting that the heroics came from a melting pot of Astros players. The Braves were ahead 6-1 in the eighth, when Lance Berkman launched
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Minnesota Twins 0 at New York Yankees 4, F — The season, up to this point, had not been an easy one for David Wells. Being yanked from his previous start in the third inning, despite a 9-0 Yankee lead, had Boomer openly contemplating retirement. Not an irrational thought for someone two weeks shy of
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Oakland Athletics 13 at San Francisco Giants 7, F — The first-ever all-Bay Area World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s, known as “The Battle of the Bay,” was ultimately upstaged by the first-ever nationally-televised earthquake. With the A’s taking the first two games at home, the Series shifted across the
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Minnesota Twins 5 at Oakland Athletics 4, F — Minnesota got off to a 2-1 lead, and it was a pitchers’ duel until the 9th. Twins starter Brad Radke had a gutty performance, going 6 and 2/3 innings and giving up only one run on six hits. Minnesota added three runs in the top of
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St. Louis Cardinals 7 at Padres 5, F — MVP Ken Caminiti does his best to keep San Diego alive, blasting two homers and making a run-saving play in the field. But Brian Jordan steals the show with some sparkling defense of his own, followed by a game-winning blast off Padres closer Trevor Hoffman. Dennis
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Los Angeles Dodgers 3 at Florida Marlins 6, F — The Marlins won their first Opening Day ever, on April 5, 1993, against the Dodgers. Jeff Conine went 4-4 in this game, making him an immediate crowd favorite, and by the end of his tenure with Florida, he would earn the nickname “Mr. Marlin.”
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Baltimore Orioles 1 at Cleveland Indians 2, F/12 — Mike Mussina spun a gem for the Orioles, striking out an LCS-record 15 through seven innings, but veteran Orel Hershiser matched him zero-for-zero. The stellar starters were long gone by the 12th inning, though (and the were bullpens close to depletion) when the Tribe threatened. With
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New York Yankees 1 at Oakland A’s 0, F — With their backs against the wall for the first time since 1997, the Yankees traveled to Oakland one loss away from elimination. A’s starter Barry Zito stifled the Yanks through four innings, until Jorge Posada belted a solo homer in the fifth. Mike Mussina also
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Boston Red Sox 5 at New York Mets 6, F/10 — Leading 5-4 in the 10th inning, just one out away from their first Championship since 1918, the Red Sox (much to the frenzied delight of the Shea Stadium crowd) watch it all roll slowly away from them… literally. Bob Stanley’s wild pitch allows Kevin
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California Angels 2 at Baltimore Orioles 4, F — They called it the record that could never be broken. But Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles superstar, came to work for the 2,131st straight day, surpassing one of baseball’s most mythic records. When the game vs. California became official in the 5th inning, Cal had officially overtaken
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Boston Red Sox 12 at Cleveland Indians 8, F — If the Red Sox were going to complete their comeback from an 0-2 deficit, they needed to do it without Pedro Martinez, who pulled out of Game 1 with back problems and had yet to return. But with the deciding game tied in the fourth,
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Montreal Expos 0 at New York Yankees 6, F — Before the game, the Yankees honored Yogi Berra, who caught the first pitch from Don Larsen. Almost 43 years earlier, with Berra behind the plate, Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers at the stadium. Fast-forward to that July
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Los Angeles Dodgers 9 at New York Yankees 2, F — Game 6 brought the series back to Yankee Stadium, where the Yankees, down three games to two in the series, were desperate for a win. With the game tied in the fourth, Yankees Manager Bob Lemon made the controversial call to pinch hit Bobby
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Arizona Diamondbacks 2 at Atlanta Braves 0, F — The Big Unit did more than turn back the clock on his amazing career, Randy Johnson tossed a perfect game, beating the Braves, 2-0, at Turner Field and proved that this 40-year-old superstar can still dominate an opponent. The Big Unit set down all 27 Braves
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