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CHICAGO WHITE SOX VS DETROIT TIGERS
Detroit Tigers second baseman Placido Polanco makes a throw to first off a hit by Chicago White Sox's Darin Erstad in the ninth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on April 22, 2007. Erstad beat the throw for a single. The Tigers defeated the White Sox 6-5 in 12 innings. (UPI Photo/Scott R. Galvin)
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Darin Charles Erstad (born June 4, 1974 in Jamestown, North Dakota) is an outfielder/first baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. Prior to 2007, he had played with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise (1996-2006) before signing with the Chicago White Sox in 2007. He bats and throws left-handed.

Erstad graduated in 1992 from Jamestown High School in Jamestown, North Dakota. He was a kicker and punter on the school football team, logging a school-record 50-yard field goal. Erstad also played hockey (36 goals and 24 assists in 26 games) and participated in track and field (winning state titles in 110 and 300-meter hurdles).

Erstad played American Legion baseball (Jamestown had no high school baseball team) and hit .492 with 18 home runs and 86 RBI for Jamestown in 1992. He was also 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA as a pitcher, and was named AP North Dakota Athlete of the Year in 1992.

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