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Diamondbacks reach World Series
By United Press International

NY Yankees 3, Seattle 1

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Alfonso Soriano hit a 1-0 pitch over the right-field wall with one out in the ninth inning for a two-run homer Sunday night, finishing off yet another gritty pe

Seattle 14, New York 3

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Bret Boone and Mark McLemore combined to drive in eight runs Saturday, igniting the Seattle offense and pulling the Mariners back into the American League Champ

Seattle 14, New York 3

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Bret Boone and Mark McLemore combined to drive in eight runs Saturday, igniting the Seattle offense and pulling the Mariners back into the American League Champ

Players Chose Awards List

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The nominees for the 2001 Players Choice Awards, scheduled for Oct. 28:

Bonds heads Players Choice nominees

NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Barry Bonds, who enjoyed a record-setting season, headed the list of nominees announced Thursday for Player of the Year honors at the 10th annual Players Choice

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Yankees win series opener
By United Press International

NY Yankees 4, Seattle 2

SEATTLE, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A two-run homer by Paul O'Neill and a dominating effort by Andy Pettitte carried the three-time defending champion New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory Wednesday o

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Yankees win series opener
By United Press International

NY Yankees 4, Seattle 2

SEATTLE, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A two-run homer by Paul O'Neill and a dominating effort by Andy Pettitte carried the three-time defending champion New York Yankees to a 4-2 victory Wednesday o

New York Yankees 5, Oakland 3

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees became the first team in postseason history to win the final three games of a best-of-five series after dropping the first two at home Mond

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, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- In Sports from United Press International

NY Yankees 5, Oakland 3

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees became the first team in postseason history to win the final three games of a best-of-five series after dropping the first two at home Mond
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Alfonso Soriano
Chicago Cubs' Alfonso Soriano follows through on a three-run homer scoring Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee during the first inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 29, 2009. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Alfonso Guilleard Soriano (born January 7, 1976 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. He previously played for the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals. He played primarily as a second baseman for the Yankees and Rangers. He bats right-handed, and has batted as a lead-off hitter for most of his career.

Soriano began his professional baseball career in Japan with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, training at their Carp Academy for Dominican players. In 1997, he was promoted to the varsity team, and, wearing uniform number 74, he appeared in nine games, batting .118 (2 for 17) with two walks.

Soriano disliked the intense Japanese practice schedule, and the Carp denied him a salary increase from $45,000 to $180,000 per year. Like Hideo Nomo and Hideki Irabu, who had previously left Japan to play in the United States, Soriano hired Don Nomura to help his situation. After first attempting to void Soriano's NPB contract by unsuccessfully arguing that the player was legally a minor when he signed it, Nomura advised him, like Nomo, to retire from NPB and pursue a career in MLB. This prompted Carp executives to file an injunction against Soriano, and to send letters to MLB teams demanding that they cease all negotiations with him. After the Nomo case, NPB officials had amended the Working Agreement without consulting any MLB officials in an attempt to prevent the situation from recurring. Since MLB had not agreed to any changes to the agreement, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig declared that MLB would recognize Soriano as a free agent on July 13, 1998, and the Carp backed down.

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