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Posted: June 13, 2012 - 11:07pm
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An Orioles base runner just beats a tag at second base against the Dodgers during GCLL senior league action on Wednesday night at Adair Kennedy Field.
An Orioles base runner just beats a tag at second base against the Dodgers during GCLL senior league action on Wednesday night at Adair Kennedy Field.

Did You Know???:

“Loogy” is a mildly derogatory nickname for a left-handed specialist. An acronym for ‘L’efty ‘O’ne ‘O’ut ‘G’u’Y.’ A left-handed pitcher who may be brought into the game to pitch against just one or two left-handed batters to take extreme advantage of platoon effects.

“Duck snort” is a softly hit ball that goes over the infielders and lands in the outfield for a hit.

A “Pink hat” is a fan of a team who is perceived to be merely “jumping on the bandwagon” as opposed to a more loyal, knowledgeable fan.

“Dirt-nap” is to trip or fall in the outfield or on the base paths. A blown save may also be referred to as a dirt-nap.

“Fan” is a strong supporter of a player, a team, or the game in general. This term originated in 19th century England as “the fancy” to refer to those who followed or “fancied” boxing. “The fancy” was shortened to “the fance,” then “the fans” was adopted into baseball (replacing the 19th century term “kranks” or “cranks”). Its use was reinforced by its apparent connection to the word “fanatics.”

“To fan” is to strike out.

“Herky-jerky” is a pitcher with an unusual or awkward wind-up or motion, as if he’s not in full control of his legs and arms.

“Keystone sack” is a reference to second base. Like the keystone of an arch, second base is the key to both scoring (a runner on the base is in scoring position) and defense (with strength up the middle) Together the shortstop and second baseman – the two players who play nearest to second base, often combining on double plays – are sometimes referred to as the ‘keystone combination’.

Yogi Berra Said:

“I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”

“How can you think and hit at the same time?”

“I always thought the record would stand until it was broken.”

This Date In Baseball, June 14:

1952 — Warren Spahn of the Boston Braves struck out 18 Cubs in a 3-1, 15-inning loss to Chicago. Spahn also homered.

1963 — Duke Snider hit his 400th career home run to highlight a 10-3 triumph by the New York Mets over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field.

1965 — Jim Maloney struck out 18 and no-hit the New York Mets for 10 innings, but Johnny Lewis’ leadoff home run in the 11th inning gave the Mets a 1-0 win.

1969 — Reggie Jackson knocked in 10 runs with two homers, a double and two singles in Oakland’s 21-7 win over the Red Sox in Boston. In the eighth, he drove in three runs with a single when he easily could have made second base.

1974 — Nolan Ryan struck out 19 batters in 12 innings to give the California Angels a 4-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in 15 innings. Cecil Cooper of the Red Sox struck out six times.

1978 — Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds had two hits in a 3-1 triumph over the Chicago Cubs to start his 44-game hitting streak.

1995 — Mike Benjamin went 6-for-7, setting a major league record with 14 hits in three games, and drove in the winning run in the 13th inning as the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3.

2002 — Aaron Boone hit a pair of homers — one to tie the game in the ninth inning and one to win it in the 11th — off Pittsburgh closer Mike Williams as Cincinnati beat the Pirates 4-3.

2002 — With all 14 interleague games — and one NL game — taking place in National League parks, the DH was not employed anywhere throughout Major League Baseball.

2005 — Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki became the third player since 1900 to reach 1,000 hits in fewer than 700 games when he singled in the bottom of the first inning in Seattle’s 3-1 win over Philadelphia. Suzuki’s 1,000th hit came in his 696th game. Chuck Klein reached the mark in 1933 in 683 games, and Lloyd Waner reached it in 1932 in 686 games.

2005 — Chris Carpenter pitched a one-hitter and struck out 10 to lead St. Louis in a 7-0 win over Toronto.

2007 — Craig Monroe tied the major league record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game when he whiffed five times in Detroit’s 6-5 loss to Milwaukee.

Today’s birthday: Jesus Guzman 28.

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