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June 15, 2002
On deck Until June 24, there won't be a game inan AL park, providing 10 straight days of DH-free baseball. He said it "I'm going to try to hit him and hit him hard. That's what I always do. Hopefully, I won't break a bat or anything like that." Mike Piazza, Mets catcher, on facing Roger Clemens
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April 23, 2004
Who's hot Lew Ford of the Twins has a ca reer-best eight-game hitting streak playing for the injured Torii Hunter. Who's not The Giants have lost seven of eight and are only a half game from last place. Line of the day Danny Bautista, D'backs RF AB R H RBI HR 8 2 5 5 2 He said it "It's a good situation personally to stay in the lineup when I'm swinging the bat well, no matter where I play." Mike Piazza, Mets star, on playing first base and doubling twice in a 3-2 win over the Expos.
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July 19, 1998
Hitting Raul Mondesi, Dodgers: 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs. Mike Piazza, Mets: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBIs. Derek Bell, Astros: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBIs. Mike Matheny, Brewers: 4-for-5, 3 2B, 2 runs, 1 RBI. Fernando Vina, Brewers: 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs. Pitching Al Leiter, Mets: Returned from knee injury to get 10th win; 6 IP, O runs, 2 hits, 4 strikeouts. Steve Woodard, Brewers: 8 IP, 3 hits, 7 strikeouts; also had 2 RBIs. Jon Lieber, Pirates: 9 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs; retired 19 straight batters.
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By George Vecsey and George Vecsey,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 12, 1999
ATLANTA -- Todd Pratt does not remember much about the 1997 Super Bowl -- only the intense heat from the pizza oven."A thousand orders in a three-hour period," Pratt recalls. "I was supervising a full crew and I sweated harder than I ever did in my life."His self-image was of a major-league baseball player, but he had just spent a season away from the game, working for Bucky Dent's school in Florida, and his job description at the moment was manager of a Domino's franchise."If I had to go back to it, I could," Pratt said yesterday.
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May 23, 1998
Quote: "Seems like I've had more press conferences in the past three days than in my whole career. I feel like the president." -- Mike Piazza, after his trade from the Marlins to the Mets.It's a fact: Jeff Blauser made his first appearance as a visitor in Atlanta, having spent 11 years with the Braves before signing with the Cubs as a free agent. He received a loud ovation when he batted in the second.Who's hot: The Rockies' Larry Walker extended his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games with two singles.
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August 30, 1998
Braves: Atlanta is 6-2 against the Cardinals, including 4-1 at Busch Stadium. Tom Glavine is 12-4 against St. Louis.Dodgers: Outfielder Gary Sheffield left the game in the fifth due to a sprained left thumb. He was listed as day-to-day. Los Angeles has played six straight one-run games, going 3-3.Giants: Joe Carter passed Graig Nettles for 30th place on the career home run list with his 391st. Jeff Kent has 15 home runs and 43 RBIs over his past 44 games. Despite missing 30 games, he is on pace for a 30-homer, 120-RBI season.
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October 2, 1996
Braves vs. DodgersSeason series: Dodgers won, 7-5The matchupsBraves: Marquis Grissom (.302) was only Atlanta regular to bat over .300 against Los Angeles. Ryan Klesko put up best power numbers -- three home runs and seven RBIs. Also struck out 14 times in 42 at-bats. Chipper Jones (0 extra-base hits in 46 at-bats) and late-season acquisition Terry Pendleton hit only .196. Tom Glavine 0-2 with a 3.12 ERA in four starts vs. Dodgers. John Smoltz (2-1, 1.16 ERA) and Greg Maddux (1-0, 1.69) fared better.
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October 1, 1999
Quote: "They definitely deserve those nods. I just hope I've earned some consideration."-- Rangers pitcher John Burkett, who is behind Aaron Sele, Rick Helling and Esteban Loaiza in the playoff rotation.It's a fact: Bartolo Colon, Charles Nagy and Dave Burba have a combined 50-24 record, giving the Indians three 15-game winners in a season for the first time since Early Wynn, Bob Lemon and Herb Score in 1956.Who's hot: The Rangers' Ivan Rodriguez has 196 hits, five shy of the major-league record for a catcher set by Mike Piazza with the Dodgers in 1997.
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By Bob Ryan and Bob Ryan,BOSTON GLOBE | July 14, 1999
BOSTON -- They worry about the game when they get to the game. The All-Star player quickly learns that it is the totality of the entire experience that really matters.So while Gary Sheffield, Kirby Puckett and Roberto Alomar might remember the 1993 All-Star Game in Baltimore because each hit a home run, Mike Piazza will always remember that night in Baltimore because of a conversation in the players's lounge."It was the coolest thing," recalls Piazza, who can usually make his All-Star reservations on the first day of spring training.
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May 12, 1999
Ask the AthletesWho is your favorite singer, group or musician?Adam Graves, left wing, New York Rangers: "Bruce Springsteen. My favorite songs are 'Born to Run' and 'Glory Days.'"Tom Dolan, Olympic gold-medal swimmer: "I would say my all-time favorite is Public Enemy. I've been a huge rap fan my whole life."Omar Vizquel, shortstop, Cleveland Indians: "I enjoy (saxophonist) Kenny G a lot. I even bought a saxophone and took some lessons."Mystery AthleteThe Clues:This Mystery Athlete's team won two world championships in the past three seasons.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1998
The price of poker already has gone up.Mike Piazza became the first superstar free agent to sign a long-term deal after the 1998 season, and his seven-year, $91 million contract with the New York Mets raised the stakes in this year's free-agent market before it even opened.Piazza signed within the window when clubs have exclusive rights to negotiate with the free agents who were under contract to them at the end of the '98 season.That restriction will be lifted Friday, and at that time baseball's annual player auction will begin in earnest.
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August 30, 1998
Braves: Atlanta is 6-2 against the Cardinals, including 4-1 at Busch Stadium. Tom Glavine is 12-4 against St. Louis.Dodgers: Outfielder Gary Sheffield left the game in the fifth due to a sprained left thumb. He was listed as day-to-day. Los Angeles has played six straight one-run games, going 3-3.Giants: Joe Carter passed Graig Nettles for 30th place on the career home run list with his 391st. Jeff Kent has 15 home runs and 43 RBIs over his past 44 games. Despite missing 30 games, he is on pace for a 30-homer, 120-RBI season.
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