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MATT WIETERS HAD BEEN DRAFTED


MATT WIETERS HAD BEEN DRAFTED
2009 Diary

Short hops

Monday

Former Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez reaches 250 career home runs in the Cubs' 4-2, season-opening victory against Houston. He has hit 174 since being dealt to the Cubs July 23, 2003. Who has the most home runs for the Pirates since the day he was traded?

PlayerHRs

Jason Bay139

Craig Wilson60

Nate McLouth52

Adam LaRoche46

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Jack Wilson's three-run double in the bottom of the ninth rallies the Pirates to a 6-4 victory in St. Louis. A windfall? Last season, he didn't collect his third RBI of the season until June 8.

Tuesday

Perhaps no one is more impressed with U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park than the kid from New Brighton, Boston manager Terry Francona. "I've been pretty fortunate here to get to do some pretty neat things, and that was one of them," he says.

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Tampa Bay senior adviser Don Zimmer officially starts his 61st season in Baseball. At that advanced number, they're all becoming important he tells reporters "because I'm alive."

Wednesday

Randy Johnson has pitched 4,0441/3 innings in the major leagues and had never allowed a pitcher to homer off him until Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo connects for a three-run shot that provides the difference in a 4-2 Brewers victory against the Giants.

Thursday

Class AAA Albuquerque -- minor league affiliate of the Dodgers -- opens its season with a starting rotation that boasts more career major league wins (285) than the parent club's rotation (140). Albuquerque's starting five: Shawn Estes, Eric Milton, Eric Stults, Jeff Weaver and Miguel Pinango.

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The matchup of Detroit's Rick Porcello vs. Toronto's Ricky Romero marks only the 19th time since 1901 that starting pitchers make their major league debuts against each other. Romero's Blue Jays win, 6-2. He allows two runs and seven hits in six innings for the win.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 12, 2009

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