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July 21, 1992 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Veterans Stadium fans stood and screamed the way they used to. The Phillies had a chance to recreate the past, if only for a night. They failed. The bases were loaded with Phils, and there were two outs in the ninth inning of a game the Phillies trailed, 2-1. San Diego reliever Randy Myers had run a 3-0 count on Ruben Amaro. One more errant pitch and the score would be tied. Amaro took one strike. Then another. On a 3-2 pitch, he hit a liner to second baseman Kurt Stillwell, stilling the crowd and ending the game.
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September 24, 1993 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
Already, there is talk of a playoff mismatch. The Braves have three MVP candidates. The Phillies have one. The Braves have three potential Cy Young Award winners. The Phillies have, maybe, one. The Braves are baseball's hottest team, having chopped past the seemingly impenetrable Giants by winning 48 of 64 games since the All-Star break, firing on all plugs. The Phillies have meandered their way to the finish line with a suspect bullpen and just two dependable starters in Tommy Green and Curt Schilling.
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October 27, 1995 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Last night, they were busy trying to win the World Series. But waiting in the on-deck circle is the Atlanta Braves' next challenge: Trying to keep the Team of the '90s together. "Oh, it won't be difficult keeping them together," Braves president Stan Kasten deadpanned last night. "It's just going to be very damn expensive. But every year, you have to make decisions. So we'll make them. " The Braves had a payroll of almost $45 million this season. But Kasten said he anticipated that they would have to reduce that payroll by next year.
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August 11, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER NEWS SERVICES
Rafael Palmeiro has decided to stay with the Texas Rangers and not accept a possible trade to the Chicago Cubs. Palmeiro turned down a deal to Chicago before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The 38-year-old first baseman cleared waivers Tuesday and the Rangers approached him again about the deal. Mike Piazza played first base for two innings last night during the fourth game of his rehabilitation assignment with triple-A Norfolk. The New York Mets catcher, out since May 17 because of a strained right groin, caught the first seven innings and played first base the last two in the Tides' 3-1 loss to the Richmond Braves.
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July 23, 1993 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Atlanta Braves broadcaster Pete Van Wieren was preparing for Tuesday night's telecast as he always does, updating statistics and checking his baseball notes in the press lounge, behind the press box, in Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Suddenly, about 90 minutes before game time, his routine was interrupted. A potentially dangerous fire broke out in the adjoining box. When someone kicked down the door, black smoke began drifting into the lounge. "A radio engineer told us we'd better get out of there," Van Wieren told the Daily News, "so I grabbed my briefcase and jacket.
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September 16, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Fred McGriff beats Rod Beck with a ninth-inning homer. So what else is new? McGriff hit a two-out, two-run homer off Beck to cap a four-run rally that gave the Atlanta Braves a dramatic 5-4 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants last night. It was two years ago that McGriff did the same thing to San Francisco's top reliever, hitting a three-run homer in the final inning to give the Braves a 3-2 victory. "It's deja vu," Beck said. "McGriff did this to me in the ninth a couple of years ago. He hit the same pitch, a splitter, hit it to the opposite field with men on base.
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October 24, 1996 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
On the brink of their second consecutive World Series championship, the Braves were visited by the ghost of their failed past. Kirby Puckett was in the stadium last night, major league baseball's guest after winning the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award. The award goes to the player who best symbolizes Clemente's commitment to charity work, community involvement and sportsmanship. Clemente died in a plane crash while flying supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua. "I am truly honored to receive this incredible award," said Puckett, who was forced to retire this summer because of irreversible damage to his right eye because of glaucoma.
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May 20, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Outrage! Yankee Stadium is bagging Cracker Jack in favor of Crunch 'n Munch, a competing caramel popcorn, Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said yesterday. Cracker Jack has been part of baseball for more than a century and was immortalized in the sport's unofficial anthem, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game. " The stadium's director of hospitality, David Bernstein, told the New York Times that the move was prompted by Cracker Jack's decision to package the snack in bags, not boxes.
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October 6, 1993 | By Jayson Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One guy does it by pounding picturesque home runs that travel halfway to Valdosta. The other guy does it with his own unique brand of fidgety finesse. On one side of the field, you have Fred McGriff (occupation: terrifying cleanup hitter, Atlanta Braves). On the other side of the field, you have Lenny Dykstra (occupation: relentless leadoff force, Philadelphia Phillies). Clearly, no team makes it into the postseason elite on the work of one player alone. But when the National League playoffs open tonight at Veterans Stadium, two men will have changed the course of their teams' seasons more than any of the other 16 players on the field.
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October 5, 1989 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
The Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays have combined for 15 steals (10 by the A's) in the first two games, tying the League Championship Series record set by the Dodgers and the Mets last year. The catchers have yet to throw anybody out. It got so bad that Oakland's Carney Lansford was picked off first in the seventh inning and Fred McGriff's throw hit him as he was sliding into second. He was credited with a steal. The A's Jose Canseco ended the steal streak by getting picked off first in the eighth inning and being tagged out at second.
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August 19, 2010
THE BRAVES had won two straight division titles. Still, the mood around the executive offices at drab, old AtlantaFulton County Stadium in July 1993 was hardly upbeat. They were playing all right . . . and the Giants were still threatening to turn the remainder of the schedule into a formality by Labor Day. Then general manager John Schuerholz swung a trade, getting first baseman Fred McGriff from the Padres. After Crime Dog joined the lineup, Atlanta went an incredible 51-17 the rest of the way, ending up with 104 wins and needing every one of them to edge San Francisco by a single game.
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November 28, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Roberto Alomar is among 15 first-time candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining holdovers Mark McGwire, Andre Dawson and Bert Blyleven. Edgar Martinez, Barry Larkin and Fred McGriff also are new to the ballot this year. There are 26 candidates, three more than last year when Rickey Henderson was elected in his initial appearance and Jim Rice made it on his 15th and final try. Dawson fell 44 votes shy of the 75 percent needed and Blyleven was 67 short. Also on the ballot for the first time are Kevin Appier, Ellis Burks, Andres Galarraga, Pat Hentgen, Mike Jackson, Eric Karros, Ray Lankford, Shane Reynolds, David Segui, Robin Ventura and Todd Zeile.
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September 13, 2008 | By Kevin Tatum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bye-bye Billy? Scott Schoeneweis, one of Billy Wagner's closest friends on the Mets, was convinced that Wagner is finished in New York after visiting the closer this week following his elbow surgery. "He has some inside information that he knows he's not going to be a Met anymore," Schoeneweis told Newsday. "It's not his choice. He doesn't want to come back if he can't be a closer, and I totally understand that. " General manager Omar Minaya denied telling Wagner that he was through with the Mets.
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May 26, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Ronny Paulino's bases-loaded double highlighted the Pittsburgh Pirates' biggest rally in nearly 3 years last night, an eight-run splurge in the 10th inning that set up a 10-4 victory over the host Cincinnati Reds. The Pirates overcame Ken Griffey Jr.'s 574th career homer by sending 12 batters to the plate in the 10th inning and repeatedly delivering with the bases loaded, one of their biggest shortcomings so far this season. Chris Duffy's sacrifice fly off closer David Weathers (1-3)
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April 27, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Sammy Sosa is "Slammin' Sammy" once again. Sosa hit two homers to reach 594 for his career, but Paul Byrd and the Cleveland Indians beat the visiting Texas Rangers yesterday, 9-4, for their fifth straight win. Sosa's 439-foot drive leading off the sixth inning against Byrd (2-1) made Jacobs Field the 44th major league ballpark in which he has homered. That broke a tie with Ken Griffey Jr. and Fred McGriff for the most in a big-league career. "It's nice to have that record, but if we had won I would have enjoyed it more," Sosa said.
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June 6, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
The excitable Carlos Zambrano remained calm as he took a no-hitter in the eighth inning. " 'Whatever happens in this inning, will happen. If somebody gets a base hit, it's OK. I pitched a good game anyway and I didn't let the other team score any runs,' " he told pitching coach Larry Rothschild before taking the mound. He pitched no-hit ball for 7 1/3 innings before Preston Wilson grounded an opposite-field single, leading the visiting Chicago Cubs over the Houston Astros, 8-0, last night.
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July 29, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Dave Borkowski wasn't fazed by the fact the Boston Red Sox had scored 39 runs on 52 hits in their previous four games. Instead, he took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, and Javy Lopez hit two homers off Curt Schilling to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the visiting Red Sox, 4-1, last night. Borkowski (2-2) allowed three hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked none. Lopez hit a solo homer in the fifth to break the scoreless duel, then added a two-run shot in the seventh to make it 4-0. It was his 22nd career two-homer game.
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June 18, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Derek Lowe didn't care that it was cool and drizzling, conditions that somewhat neutralized the big advantage hitters have at Denver's Coors Field. Regardless of how much moisture was in the thin air, he wasn't about to throw a fair amount of breaking balls and off-speed pitches to see whether the playing field had indeed been leveled. Relying heavily on his sinker, Lowe pitched seven scoreless innings and got plenty of support from his teammates as the Boston Red Sox beat the Rockies, 11-0, to salvage the final game of the three-game series.
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June 5, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
The Boston Red Sox might not like hearing this, but Jimmy Gobble has had even better outings. The 22-year-old rookie left-hander retired 15 consecutive batters after Johnny Damon's leadoff single in the first and led host Kansas City to a 5-2 win last night. "I don't think it's the best I've pitched," said Gobble (3-3), who gave up five hits and two runs in six innings. "But as far as legs and bodywise, I felt good and I felt like I was throwing the ball where I wanted to for the most part.
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June 1, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Fred McGriff's first homer of the season sent the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on their way to a rare road win. McGriff's two-run shot, the 492nd homer of his career, opened the scoring as the visiting Devil Rays beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-3, yesterday. McGriff, making his second start for the Devil Rays since he was brought up from the minor leagues Friday, homered for the first time since Sept. 2. The homer off Seth Greisinger (2-4) landed in the first row of the upper deck in rightfield.
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