2006 Major League Baseball season

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Louis Cardinals winning the World Series with the lowest regular season victory total in a non-strike season in history. The American League continued its domination at the All-Star Game by winning its fourth straight game; the A.L. has won nine of the last ten contests (the 2002 game was a tie). This season, the Atlanta Braves failed to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1990. Individual achievements included Barry Bonds who, despite questions surrounding his alleged steroid use and involvement in the BALCO scandal, surpassed Babe Ruth for second place on the career home runs list.

1976 in baseball

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October 14 – In Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, the New York Yankees take a 6-3 lead before Kansas City's George Brett connects for a 3-run home run in the top of the 8th inning. In the bottom of the 9th, New York's Chris Chambliss smashes the first pitch off Kansas City's Mark Littell over the right field fence for a 7-6 win, winning the Yankees their first AL pennant and World Series appearance since 1964. October 17 – The first-ever weekend night game in World Series history took place in Cincinnati as the Reds defeated the New York Yankees, 4-3. October 21 – In the World Series, the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Yankees 7-2, completing a four-game sweep.

2001 in baseball

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All-Star Game, July 10 at Safeco Field: American League, 4-1; Cal Ripken, Jr., MVP. Home Run Derby, July 9 – Luis González, Arizona Diamondbacks. Caribbean World Series: Águilas Cibaeñas (Dominican Republic). College World Series: Miami (Florida). Cuban National Series: Santiago de Cuba over Pinar del Río. European Champions: Netherlands over Russia (4-0). European Cup: Neptunus (Netherlands) over San Marino (San Marino). Japan Series: Yakult Swallows over Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (4-1). Korean Series: Doosan Bears over Samsung Lions (4-2). Big League World Series: Westminster, California. Junior League World Series: Aiea, Hawaii. Little League World Series: Tokyo Kitasuna, Tokyo, Japan.

Yankees–Red Sox rivalry

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"There is no rivalry in sports that rivals the Yankees—Red Sox...that playoff game in '78–it felt like the playoffs and World Series were exhibition games after that." The headline in The Boston Globe the next day summed it all up: "Destiny 5, Red Sox 4." New York went on to defeat the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series for their second straight championship. The 1980s is the only decade in which neither the Yankees nor the Red Sox won a World Series.

2000 in baseball

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September 1 – For the second time in the season, pitcher Ryan Rupe of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays gives up a grand slam to Kansas City Royals outfielder Jermaine Dye. The other slam was on April 26. September 3 – Kenny Lofton of the Cleveland Indians ties a major league record by scoring in his 18th straight game in the first inning of the Cleveland Indians' 12-11, 13-inning victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Red Rolfe set the record in 1939 for the New York Yankees. September 4 – At Fenway Park, Carl Everett of the Boston Red Sox becomes only the sixth major-league switch-hitter to drive in 100 runs in both leagues when he knocks in his 100th RBI of the year.

List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters

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Baltimore: None; formerly innings 3-4, 6-7, and even extra innings (through 2018) Boston: Innings 3-4, 7-8, and even extra innings Chicago White Sox: Innings 4-5 (with Jackson); Innings 3-4, 7, and even extra innings (only when Jason Benetti substitutes) Cleveland: Innings 4-5 Houston: Innings 3-4, 7, and even extra innings (it used to be 4,7, 12, 15, 18 from 2013 through 2017 spring training, also used to be 3, 6-7, and even extra innings at the beginning of the 2017 season) Kansas City: Innings 3-4, 6-7, and even extra innings Minnesota: Innings 4-6, and odd extra innings (formerly Innings 3-4, 6-7, and odd extra innings up through 2013) Oakland: Innings 3-4, 7, and even extra innings Seattle

Seattle Mariners

On April 21, 2012, Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw the third perfect game in Chicago White Sox history against the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle. It was the 21st perfect game in MLB history. Mariners starting pitcher Kevin Millwood and five other pitchers combined to throw the tenth combined no-hitter in MLB history and the first in team history on June 8, 2012. The last combined one occurred in 2003, when six Houston Astros no-hit the New York Yankees in New York. The six pitchers used in a no-hitter is a major league record. Félix Hernández pitched the first perfect game in team history, shutting down the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 at Safeco Field on August 15, 2012.

American League East

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Tampa Bay Devil Rays become Tampa Bay Rays. American League Central. American League West. National League East. National League Central. National League West. MLB Final Standings By Year. MLB PREVIEW: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST. Ranking MLB's six divisions.

List of World Series starting pitchers

World Series starting pitchers
The following chart lists starting pitchers for each Major League Baseball World Series game. Decisions listed indicate lifetime World Series W/L records as a starting pitcher; a pitcher's wins and losses in World Series relief appearances are not included here. ‡ denotes a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

St. Louis Cardinals

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The Cardinals have an interleague and intrastate rivalry with the Kansas City Royals, dubbed the "Show-Me Series" after the nickname of the team's home state, Missouri; or the "I–70 Series" after the interstate highway that connects the cities. The teams first met in the 1985 World Series, which the Royals won 4–3, and which remains their only post-season meeting. Since interleague play began in, the Cardinals and Royals have met in four to six games each season, evenly split between the two cities. As of 2019, the Cardinals lead the overall series 63–46.

Hal McRae

Following his playing retirement, McRae managed the Royals (1991–94) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001–02). He also served as hitting coach for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals. McRae, who won a World Series ring playing for Kansas City against the Cardinals in 1985, won a ring as a coach for the Cardinals when they defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 2006 World Series, four games to one. His managing career is most memorable because of a tantrum he threw as Royals' manager in 1993 early in the season while being interviewed by reporters after a Royals loss. It was captured on video and widely disseminated at the time.

Steve Lyons (baseball)

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After his retirement from the playing field, Lyons became a color analyst for Fox Sports' MLB coverage in 1996, working first in a studio pregame show with Chip Caray and Keith Olbermann, and later on game coverage, usually with Thom Brennaman. He called several Division Series and League Championship Series telecasts for the network. During their broadcast of Game 3 of the 2006 American League Championship Series (ALCS), broadcast colleague Lou Piniella, who is of Spanish descent, used an analogy about finding a wallet, and then spoke briefly in Spanish. Lyons said Piniella was "hablaing Español" – Spanglish for "speaking Spanish" – and added, "I still can't find my wallet.

Home Run Derby

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The Home Run Derby is an annual home run hitting competition in Major League Baseball (MLB) customarily held the day before the MLB All-Star Game, which places the contest on a Monday in July. Since the inaugural derby in 1985, the event has seen several rule changes, evolving from a short outs-based competition, to multiple rounds, and eventually a bracket-style timed event.

Boston Red Sox

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On September 22, 2007, with a victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Red Sox clinched a spot in the postseason for the fourth time in five years, the first time in club history this has happened. Also, with this postseason berth, manager Terry Francona becomes the first manager in team history to lead the club to three playoff appearances. Between May 15, 2003 and April 10, 2013, the Red Sox sold out every home game. The 820 game streak is a record for all major American sports, narrowly passing the Portland Trail Blazers record of 814 between 1977 and 1995.

Tampa, Florida

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After decades of trying to lure an existing Major League Baseball franchise, the Tampa Bay area finally gained a team in 1998, when the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays began play at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. After a decade of futility on the field, the Devil Rays shortened their nickname to simply Rays in 2008 and promptly won the 2008 American League Pennant, finishing runner up in World Series. They also won American League East titles in 2008 and 2010 under manager Joe Maddon before slipping back in the standings. In 2007, the Rays began the process of searching for a stadium site closer to the center of the area's population, possibly in Tampa.

Designated hitter

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At first, the DH rule was not applied to the World Series. From 1973 to 1975, all World Series games were played under National League rules, with no DH and pitchers batting. For 1976, it was decided the DH rule would apply to all games in a World Series, regardless of venue, but only in even-numbered years. Cincinnati Reds first baseman Dan Driessen became the first National League player to act as a DH in any capacity (regular season or postseason) when he was listed as the DH in the first game (he was the DH in all four Series games that year). This practice lasted through 1985. Beginning in 1986, the DH rule was used in games played in the stadium of the American League representative.

New York Mets

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The team never finished better than second to last until the "Miracle Mets" beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series, one of the biggest upsets in World Series history. Since then, they have played in four World Series, including a dramatic run in that ended in a seven-game loss to the Oakland Athletics, a second championship in over the Boston Red Sox, a Subway Series loss against their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in, and a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals in. The Mets qualified to play in the MLB postseason in 1988 and 2006, coming within one game of the World Series both years.

San Francisco Giants

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Those three championships have come in 2010, 2012, and most recently in 2014, having defeated the Kansas City Royals four games to three during the 2014 World Series. The Giants are the only major professional sports team based in the City and County of San Francisco, following the San Francisco 49ers' relocation to Santa Clara in 2014. They will be joined by the Golden State Warriors once they move to the Chase Center in 2019. From 1883 to 2018, the Giants' overall win–loss record was 11,088–9,602 (a winning "percentage" of 0.536).

Eric Karros

He was promoted to the No.2 team in 2011 primarily calling games with Thom Brennaman. In March 2014 it was announced that Brennaman and Karros would continue to call FOX games together, and the pair called the first regular season game ever on Fox Sports 1. 1992 National League Rookie of the Year. 1995 National League Silver Slugger Award at First Base. Finished 5th in voting for 1995 National League MVP. Los Angeles Dodgers Career Sacrifice Flies Leader (74). Career leader in Home Runs for Players Born in New Jersey (284). Second-most career home runs (behind Tim Salmon) for any player in MLB history who never appeared in the All-Star Game.

Washington Nationals

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After the 2001 season, MLB considered revoking the team's franchise, along with either the Minnesota Twins or the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In November 2001, Major League Baseball's owners voted 28–2 to contract the league by two teams — according to various sources, the Expos and the Minnesota Twins, both of which reportedly voted against contraction. Subsequently, the Boston Red Sox were sold to a partnership led by John W. Henry, owner of the Florida Marlins. In order to clear the way for Henry's group to assume ownership of the Red Sox, Henry sold the Marlins to Loria, and MLB purchased the Expos from Loria.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The streak was broken with two come-from-behind overtime wins at Chicago (September 28, 2008) and Kansas City (November 2, 2008). The win against Kansas City saw the Buccaneers rally from a 21-point deficit, the greatest comeback in franchise history. Tampa Bay is the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to finish last place in its division 5 consecutive years. Matt Bryant's 62-yard, game-winning field goal against the Eagles in was the third-longest field goal in NFL history. It is now sixth —the NFL record is 64 yards (held by Matt Prater, who was with the Denver Broncos at the time).

Randy Winn

He was taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1997 MLB expansion draft. Winn made his major league debut on May 11, 1998 as a pinch runner for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. On October 3, 1999, he hit an inside-the-park grand slam against the New York Yankees. Winn represented Tampa Bay in the 2002 All-Star Game. On 29 October 2002, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners as compensation for Lou Piniella being hired to manage the Devil Rays. Five days later, Winn married his college sweetheart, Blessings Robertson. Winn recorded 462 hits, 40 home runs, 56 stolen bases, 96 doubles, 17 triples, and a .299 batting average over a 2½ year period.

Bowie Kuhn

Kansas City Royals catcher Darrell Porter told the Associated Press that during the winter of 1979–1980 he became paranoid, convinced that Kuhn knew about his drug abuse, was trying to sneak into his house, and planned to ban him from baseball for life. Porter found himself sitting up at night in the dark watching out the front window, waiting for Kuhn to approach, clutching billiard balls and a shotgun. Ironically, when Porter was named the most valuable player of the 1982 World Series while playing for the Cardinals, Kuhn was on hand to congratulate him.

Professional baseball

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Historically, teams in one league never played teams in the other until the World Series, in which the champions of the two leagues played against each other. This changed in 1997 with the advent of interleague play. In addition to the major leagues, many North American cities and towns feature minor league teams. An organization officially styled Minor League Baseball, formerly the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, oversees nearly all minor league baseball in the United States and Canada. The minor leagues are divided into classes AAA, AA, High A, Low A, Short-Season A, Advanced Rookie, and Rookie.

1998 Major League Baseball season

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The 1998 Major League Baseball season ended with the New York Yankees sweeping the San Diego Padres in the World Series, after they had won a then AL record 114 regular season games. The Yankees finished with 125 wins for the season (regular season and playoffs combined), which remains the MLB record. The 1998 season was also marked by an expansion to 30 teams (16 in the NL, 14 in the AL), with two new teams–the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League, and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the American League–added to the MLB (as of 2019, this is the last time MLB has expanded).