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Wednesday, April 28, 2004
Yankees' rally in eighth sinks A's. Trailing 8-4, and in danger of losing their fifth straight and falling to 8-12, they erupted for six runs and won 10-8. (Yahoo!)

Bronx Bomb. Larry Mahnken examines why the Yankees are slumping. (The Hardball Times)

Piazza ties Fisk's home run record ...for catchers (351). (Yahoo!)

Catch him if you can. Richard Lederer compares Piazza to the other great-hitting catchers. (Rich's Weekend Baseball BEAT)

Old Man Franco. "Dontrelle Willis was born about two weeks after Julio Franco made his major league debut. Jose Reyes, Edwin Jackson, Joe Mauer and Miguel Cabrera had not even been conceived yet when Franco played his first major-league game...Players who were still playing during Franco's first season in the majors include Willie Stargell, Johnny Bench, Carl Yastrzemski, Fergie Jenkins, Gaylord Perry, Bill Lee, Luis Tiant, Joe Rudi and Mark Belanger." (The Hardball Times)

Keith Woolner: "Cleveland Indians pitcher Jake Westbrook recently drew attention for an outstanding seven-inning perfect relief appearance. Interestingly enough, he retired the last batter he faced his previous appearance, and the first five batters of his next apperance (en route to a complete game win over the Tigers), for a total of 27 straight batters retired...Following Westbrook's accomplishment, I became curious about the idea of 'hidden' perfect games--instances where a pitcher retired 27 batters in a row, but may have done it across multiple appearances; i.e. the pitcher retired the last 15 batters he faced in one start, and the first 12 batters he faced in his next start, he would have a streak of 27 batters retired, and thus have a 'hidden' perfect game." (Baseball Prospectus)

Derek Zumsteg slams Pythagoras. (Baseball Prospectus)

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