Three teams employed position players as pitchers between June 28-30, with backup catcher Anthony Recker rounding out the weekend. Recker was the fifth man out of the Mets' bullpen, called on by Terry Collins to pitch the ninth inning with the Mets down 11-0 to the Nationals. Recker's first six pitches were balls, and the seventh was a two-run home run by Ian Desmond, but the next three men he faced all flew out.
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Utility outfielder Casper Wells, who pitched in college at Towson University, was called on by Robin Ventura to pitch the ninth inning of the White Sox' 19-10 loss to the Indians. Mike Aviles popped out to second base on Wells' first pitch, a high fastball. Wells then walked Drew Stubbs, but rallied to strike out Asdrubal Cabrera on four pitches, sealing the deal with a nasty off-speed pitch. That brought up Jason Kipnis, who had reached base six times already in the game. Kipnis ripped a 3-2 fastball toward the leftfield corner, but Alejandro De Aza, who had just been moved to leftfield for that inning, made a great running catch on the warning track for the final out.
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Schumaker's scoreless inning of relief in the Dodgers 16-1 loss was his third career pitching appearance. The utility player's second pitch, a changeup in the dirt, bounced up and hit plate umpire Dale Scott in crotch, and after Schumaker got his first two hitters to fly out, he accidentally buzzed John Mayberry Jr. with a pitch (grabbing his head upon releasing the pitch and immediately telling Mayberry, "sorry, man") before walking him. The Phillies then loaded the bases on a Ben Revere double and a Carlos Ruiz walk, but Schumaker rallied to strikeout out pinch-hitter Humberto Quintero on a 90 mph fastball right down the middle to strand all three runners.
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David Murphy may have gone 0-for-4 in the Rangers 17-5 loss to Boston, but he was able to do what five other Texas pitchers could not -- pitch an entire inning without allowing a run. Murphy came in from left field in the eighth to make his first career pitching appearance and kept Boston from scoring after Daniel Nava hit a leadoff double. Most notable was Murphy's strikeout looking of Mike Carp, who had gotten on base in all four of his plate appearances in the game, including a home run, before facing Murphy.
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Phil Hughes was knocked out after giving up seven runs in the first inning of this game against the Mariners, and rookie Brett Marshall saved the bullpen with 5 2/3 innings of relief, but when Marshall appeared to run out of gas after 108 pitches, Yankees manager Joe Girardi turned to Gonzalez to finish the job with two out and two on in the ninth and the Yankees trailing 12-2. He also sent Vernon Wells out to second base to facilitate shortstop Gonzalez's move to the mound. Gonzalez fell behind fellow infielder Robert Andino 3-and-1 before getting him to fly out to shallow right-center to strand both runners.
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Utility man Skip Schumaker gave Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly a scoreless ninth inning in a 12-2 loss to the Rockies. ''You don't want to get anybody hurt," said Schumaker. "I don't want to get hurt, I don't want the other team to get hurt throwing a wild pitch. You want the thing over as quick as you can. You don't want it to turn into a circus. We're getting our butt kicked as it is, and I don't want to make a mockery of the game. You're just trying to get it over with as quickly as you can and move on.''
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Trailing by nine runs to the Blue Jays, the Mets gave their weary bullpen a break by turning to catcher Rob Johnson to pitch the eighth inning. Johnson produced New York's only three-up, three down inning of the night, striking out Eric Thames to end it. The rest of the Mets' staff allowed five homers for a total of 14 runs.
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As the designated hitter, Chris Davis went 0 for 8, striking out five times and grounding into a double play. As the designated pitcher he fared much better. Davis outdueled the Boston's Darnell McDonald, another position player, by pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win as the Orioles outlasted the Red Sox 9-6 in 17 innings. It was the first major league game since 1925 in which each club put a position player on the mound.
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After running out of pitchers, Boston turned to outfielder Darnell McDonald to pitch the 17th inning against Baltimore. He gave up a game-winning three-run homer to Adam Jones. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis pitched two scoreless innings for the win. The last time two teams brought in position players to pitch in the same game was Oct. 4, 1925, when Hall of Famers Ty Cobb of Detroit and George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns closed out the second game of a doubleheader on the last day of the season.
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Trailing 13-5 in the ninth, Royals manager Ned Yost put outfielder Mitch Maier on the mound. Maier was the only Kansas City pitcher to not give up a run, getting Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into a double play after giving up a single. This was the 11th time in Royals' history they have used a position player to pitch and it was Maier's second time on the mound. He also threw a scoreless inning July 26, 2011, at Boston.
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With the Cardinals trailing 11-0 to the Dodgers headed into the ninth, the Cardinals called upon second baseman Skip Schumaker to take the mound. Schumaker, who pitched relief at UC-Santa Barbara, hit 92 mph on the radar gun, but also allowed a solo home run to ex-teammate Aaron Miles. In all, Schumaker pitched one inning, allowing one hit, two earned runs and also notching two strikeouts.
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The Royals, who used six pitchers in Monday night's 14-inning game against the Red Sox, used five more Tuesday in their 13-9 loss, turning to outfielder Mitch Maier in the eighth. It was the 10th time in franchise history that a position player has pitched for Kansas City. Maier allowed only one hit, a double to David Ortiz.
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Michael Cuddyer made his pitching debut during the Twins' 20-6 loss to the Rangers. The All-Star, who also played first and right field, allowed two hits and a walk, but was one of only two Twins' pitchers to emerge without allowing a run.
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Valdez shifted over from second base and wound up as the winning pitcher after throwing a hitless 19th inning in his first professional pitching appearance in the Phillies 5-4 win over the Reds. The journeyman infielder became the the first player to start a game in the field and then win the game as a pitcher since Babe Ruth did it in 1921.
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At the tail end of a six-game losing streak, the Florida Marlins sent outfielder Cody Ross to the mound. Drawing from his previous experience as pitcher in high school (he pitched a perfect game against for Carlsbad High in New Mexico), Ross held off the Phillies in the ninth inning, facing four batters and allowing one run.
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First baseman Nick Swisher stepped in as pitcher for the first and only time against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 15-5 loss for the Yankees. He pitched a scoreless inning, inducing two fly outs and striking out Gabe Kapler. That day he became the only Yankee to homer and pitch in the same game since Lindy McDaniel in 1972.
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Two-time All-Star and .300 hitter Jeff Cirillo pitched a scoreless ninth in a 9-0 blowout against the Brewers. The third baseman was the second Arizona position player to pitch in less than a week, following Augie Ojeda, who pitched a scoreless inning against Florida.
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Third baseman Todd Zeile had a decent record after his first pitching outing against the Dodgers, in 2002, when he faced only three batters, allowing one hit but forcing a double play and striking out Wilkin Ruan. But two years later, while playing for the Mets, Zeile left the mound having allowed five runs in a single inning. His team lost 19-10 to the Yankees, the third time in franchise history the Mets had allowed 19 runs.
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Three-time All-Star and four-time Golden Glove Award winner Mark Grace pitched the last inning for the Diamondbacks in a 19-1 blowout against the Dodgers. Grace subsequently allowed catcher Dave Ross to hit the first home run of his career. Said Grace, "Obviously he can hit 65 mph fastballs."
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After a 13-5 loss to the Giants, about the only notable thing that stood out for the Diamondbacks was the scoreless ninth pitched by centerfielder Steve Finley. Said manager Bob Brenley, "When you've got Steve Finley on the mound in the ninth, it's been one of those days."
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Six-time All-Star and three-time recipient of the Silver Slugger award, Bobby Bonilla, playing his last season for the St. Louis Cardinals, relieved Steve Cline in the top of the ninth against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He allowed three hits, two runs and one homer, bringing the final to 17-4.
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Derek Bell and Brent Mayne
Derek Bell is perhaps the only player to throw an "eephus pitch," and then exit the field to a standing ovation for Best Comedic Performance. With the Padres leading 11-1, the Mets gave the ball to Bell in the eighth inning. With his pitches clocking in as low as 47 mph, Bell walked three batters, allowed three hits and five runs. It wouldn't have been so bad if another positional player hadn't pitched his team to victory on the same day. Colorado's Brent Mayne held the Braves scoreless for an innning, enabling the Rockies to take the win in the bottom of the 12th. Mayne, who had never pitched at any level, was the first positional player to be credited with a win in 32 years.
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With they Yankees down 12-4, Wade Boggs pitched a shutout eighth inning against the Angels, making history with 16 perfectly placed knuckleballs. The New York Times reports Boggs saying, ''It's something I've always wanted to do in my career and I never really had the opportunity... I was Phil Niekro and Charlie Hough all rolled into one." Chanting his name, fans of both teams at Anaheim Stadium gave Boggs a standing ovation. Two years later, in his 18th and final season, Boggs pitched the final inning and a third for the Devil Rays in a 17-1 loss to the Orioles. Boggs managed not to walk a single batter, but did allow one run on three hits.
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MVP of the 1987 World Series Champions, Gary Gaetti pitched three games in his career. He faced 14 batters and allowed five hits, two runs, and one homer. The third baseman pitched for both the Cardinals and the Cubs.
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With the Texas Rangers losing 12-1 to the Boston Red Sox, Jose Canseco asked his manager if he could pitch the eighth inning. What resulted was a couple of runs and season-ending Tommy John surgery for Canseco.
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