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August 20, 2007 | By Charles Krauthammer
In the fable, the farm-boy phenom makes his way to the big city to amaze the world with his arm. At a stop at a fair on the train ride to Chicago, he strikes out the Babe Ruth of his time on three blazing pitches. Enter the Dark Lady. Before he can reach the stadium for his tryout, she shoots him and leaves him for dead. Sixteen years later, Roy Hobbs returns, but now as a hitter and outfielder. (He can never pitch again because of the wound.) He leads his team to improbable glory, ending the tale with a titanic home run that, in the now-iconic movie image, explodes the stadium lights in a dazzling cascade of white.
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April 2, 2013 | Associated Press
HOUSTON - Rick Ankiel and the Houston Astros made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers, 8-2, on Sunday night in the major league opener and giving Bo Porter a win in his first game as a manager. Ankiel launched a pinch-hit three-run shot for the first home run this season, Bud Norris pitched well for the win and Erik Bedard threw 31/3 scoreless innings for his first career save. Having switched from the National League to the AL in the offseason, the Astros earned their first opening-day victory since 2006 and the 4,000th regular-season win in franchise history.
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April 6, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Commissioner Bud Selig said yesterday that the suspension of Alex Sanchez for testing positive under Major League Baseball's new drug policy proved that the system is working. "We did what we said we were going to do," Selig said. "Alex Sanchez tested positive, there was no doubt that he tested positive, and he's gone for 10 days. " Selig spoke a day after 38 minor-leaguers were suspended for violating baseball's minor-league steroids policy. The Cleveland Indians and catcher Victor Martinez agreed to a $15.5 million, five-year contract with a team option for 2010.
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August 26, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Ramon Martinez didn't like having to watch his team play ball while he rehabbed from a shoulder injury. But he's back with the Los Angeles Dodgers at the right time. Martinez won his first official start in more than two months and the visiting Dodgers, roughing up Jason Schmidt for eight runs in 4 1/3 innings, beat Pittsburgh, 8-2, yesterday in the first game of a doubleheader. "For two months, I had to sit around and do nothing except exercises," said Martinez (7-3), who had a slight tear in his right rotator cuff.
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May 17, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Barry Larkin still can't make a fist with his left hand. There is swelling at the side of the knuckle on his middle finger. The Cincinnati Reds shortstop isn't close to being back to normal, but he's back in the lineup. At Larkin's urging, the Reds activated him from the disabled list yesterday and put him in the starting lineup. Larkin tore the sheath around the tendon at the base of the middle finger while diving for a grounder on April 21. His glove caught on the artificial turf as he slid, snapping the finger.
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May 16, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Cincinnati third baseman Aaron Boone has a broken right hand that will keep him out of the Reds' lineup for three to four weeks. Boone was hit on the outside of the right hand by a pitch from Houston's Wade Miller during the Astros' 6-4 victory Monday. X-rays taken shortly after the injury found no fracture. The hand was still extremely sore yesterday, so Boone was sent for a CAT scan that found a small crack in the hamate bone, which is at the top of the wrist. The son of Reds manager Bob Boone is hitting .284 this season.
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August 10, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The San Diego Padres thought they didn't need David Wells anymore, because they were bringing back All-Star Chris Young. But Young faltered in his return and the visiting Padres fell, 5-0, last night to St. Louis . Former pitcher Rick Ankiel hit a three-run homer to cap his debut as a major league outfielder, and Joel Pineiro worked seven scoreless innings for the Cardinals, who took three of four from the NL West-contending Padres....
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April 30, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Slumping Ryan Zimmerman spent some time working with Barry Larkin before the game, and then had a season-high three hits, including a homer and tiebreaking two-run double, to lead the Washington Nationals past the visiting Atlanta Braves, 6-3, last night. Zimmerman and Nick Johnson hit consecutive solo shots in the third inning off Tom Glavine, who was coming off his first trip to the disabled list in a 22-season career. Then, in Washington's four-run seventh, Zimmerman hit his double off reliever Blaine Boyer (0-3)
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April 4, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Xavier Nady drove in Nyjer Morgan with a 10th-inning single and Pittsburgh beat host Atlanta, 4-3, last night. The Braves used seven pitchers after Mike Hampton's much-anticipated comeback was postponed by a chest injury suffered in pregame warmups. Jeff Bennett started in Hampton's place. Hampton, scheduled to make his first start since Aug. 19, 2005, strained his left pectoral muscle while warming up in the bullpen. The Braves' lefthander was listed as day-to-day. Hampton's absence forced the Braves (1-3)
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August 4, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
The St. Louis Cardinals wanted to be cautious with their star slugger. Mark McGwire injured his surgically repaired right knee and was out of the Cardinals' lineup for yesterday's doubleheader against Florida. Manager Tony La Russa said McGwire "tweaked" his knee on a cutoff play Thursday night. He aggravated the injury taking a pitch later in the game and his knee buckled a bit when he took a called third strike for the final out in a 2-1 loss to the Braves. "I think it's smarter to be concerned," La Russa said.
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May 14, 2013 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rick Ankiel epic just keeps going. The 33-year-old slugger was just released by the Houston Astros after hitting .194 with five homers and 11 RBIs - and striking out 35 times in 65 at-bats. It looked like the end for the guy who arrived as a hard-throwing lefty with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1999 but had to reinvent himself as a power hitter when his control on the mound totally deserted him in 2000. After an outfield stint with the Cards, he played for the Royals, Braves, and Nationals before ending up in Houston.
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April 2, 2013 | Associated Press
HOUSTON - Rick Ankiel and the Houston Astros made an impressive debut in the American League, trouncing the Texas Rangers, 8-2, on Sunday night in the major league opener and giving Bo Porter a win in his first game as a manager. Ankiel launched a pinch-hit three-run shot for the first home run this season, Bud Norris pitched well for the win and Erik Bedard threw 31/3 scoreless innings for his first career save. Having switched from the National League to the AL in the offseason, the Astros earned their first opening-day victory since 2006 and the 4,000th regular-season win in franchise history.
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September 13, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
Little-used Pedro Ciriaco became the most unlikely of opponents to damage the St. Louis Cardinals' playoff chances. Ciriaco hit a tiebreaking double to cap a three-run rally in the eighth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates stunned visiting St. Louis, 6-5, last night, snapping the Cardinals' season-high five-game winning streak. "It's just a great feeling for him . . . after all the challenges he's had this year," Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said of Ciriaco, sent back and forth from the minors six times this season.
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August 8, 2010 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
The baseball season is more than two-thirds over, and it's pretty clear which teams have emerged as the contenders and which ones have faded as pretenders. The Phillies, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants are the class of the National League. The New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, and Texas Rangers are the best in the American League. One of the above will be crowned World Series champion in three months.
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June 9, 2009 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Out of arms Don't congratulate Arizona's Mark Reynolds for the three-run homer he slugged in the 18th inning Sunday to end the season's longest game. He hit it off a shortstop - San Diego's Josh Wilson - to give Arizona a 9-6 win. The Padres had used all their relievers and had starter Chad Gaudin - the loser in Friday night's series opener - pitch the 16th and 17th before turning to Wilson in the 18th for his third career appearance. Wilson pitched in high school, and his two other big-league relief appearances had been in blowout losses.
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May 7, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Twice Garret Anderson put the Atlanta Braves ahead, and the second time they stayed there. Anderson's first three RBI this season helped the Braves end a four-game losing streak last night by beating host Florida, 8-6. The longtime Angels star, acquired in the offseason, came off the disabled list Tuesday after missing 12 games with a strained quadriceps. "I'm just happy to be out there playing," said Anderson, who has only 33 at-bats. "I haven't played that many games this year, and it's going to take some time to get into shape.
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August 3, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If this is the Joe Blanton that the Phillies will be seeing down the stretch, then they have just two words for the burly righthander: Welcome aboard. Blanton, who joined the Phils in a July 17 trade with Oakland, pitched like a pennant-race difference-maker in his third start with his new club last night. He held the St. Louis Cardinals to four hits and a run in seven innings as the Phils eked out a 2-1 win at Busch Stadium. "He was super," Phils manager Charlie Manuel said.
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July 12, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Kyle Lohse limited the Pirates to six hits over seven shutout innings and Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick homered, helping St. Louis break out of a scoring slump with last night's 6-0 victory over host Pittsburgh. Lohse (11-2), one of the NL's biggest first-half pitching surprises, won his eighth in a row by limiting the Pirates to one extra-base hit. He hasn't lost in 12 starts since May 9, giving up two runs or fewer in all but two of his last 10 starts. Lohse, who went 3-0 in 11 starts for the Phillies last season, didn't need much offense.
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April 30, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Slumping Ryan Zimmerman spent some time working with Barry Larkin before the game, and then had a season-high three hits, including a homer and tiebreaking two-run double, to lead the Washington Nationals past the visiting Atlanta Braves, 6-3, last night. Zimmerman and Nick Johnson hit consecutive solo shots in the third inning off Tom Glavine, who was coming off his first trip to the disabled list in a 22-season career. Then, in Washington's four-run seventh, Zimmerman hit his double off reliever Blaine Boyer (0-3)
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