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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas lead Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas lead Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, with six Cy Young Awards between them, and two-time MVP Frank Thomas are new names on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
Bonds, Clemens top Hall of Fame ballot

Bonds, Clemens top Hall of Fame ballot

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Outfielder Barry Bonds and pitcher Roger Clemens are among 24 first-time names on the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Wednesday.
Larkin named to baseball Hall of Fame

Larkin named to baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Shortstop Barry Larkin, who played his 19-year major league career with Cincinnati, has been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday.
Sierra, B. Williams on Hall of Fame ballot

Sierra, B. Williams on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Outfielders Ruben Sierra and Bernie Williams are among 13 names added to the ball sent to voters for the Baseball Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday.

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 13, Detroit 9

DETROIT, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez had three hits, four RBI and two runs scored Monday to lead the New York Yankees to a 13-9 victory win over the Detroit Tigers.
MLB: Boston 7, N.Y. Yankees 5

MLB: Boston 7, N.Y. Yankees 5

NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- Manny Ramirez homered in consecutive innings Thursday and Josh Beckett lasted eight frames to bring the Boston Red Sox a 7-5 win over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Texas 4, Chicago 3

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Marlon Byrd's eighth-inning RBI single Tuesday sent the Texas Rangers past the Chicago White Sox 4-3.

MLB: Chicago White Sox 5, Kansas City 2

CHICAGO, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Jim Thome had a home run and three RBI Tuesday, powering the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 win over the Kansas City Royals.

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 14, LA Angels 9

NEW YORK, July 6 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in his return Friday night as the New York Yankees produced a season-best 19 hits in a 14-9 win over the LA Angels.

MLB: Toronto 5, Baltimore 4 (10 inn.)

BALTIMORE, May 24 (UPI) -- Alex Rios hit a one-out homer in the 10th inning Thursday night to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 victory over Baltimore.

MLB: Texas 8, Oakland 1

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Nelson Cruz had two home runs and five RBI Monday while powering the Texas Rangers to an 8-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

MLB: Cincinnati 8, St. Louis 7

ST. LOUIS, June 5 (UPI) -- Ken Griffey Jr. belted a pair of homers, boosting the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-7 victory Monday over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

MLB: Boston 6, Tampa Bay 0

BOSTON, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Pedro Martinez pitched his first shutout in nearly four years and 16th of his career Thursday, helping the Boston Red Sox rout Tampa Bay, 6-0.

Fred McGriff released by Devil Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 26 (UPI) -- Forty-year-old Fred McGriff, who needs just seven home runs to reach 500, was released Monday by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, San Diego 1

SAN DIEGO, June 18 (UPI) -- Fred McGriff hit a two-run homer to help Tampa Bay win its eighth straight game Thursday, a 4-1 decision over San Diego.
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Frederick Stanley "Crime Dog" McGriff (born October 31, 1963 in Tampa, Florida) is a former left-handed Major League Baseball player who starred for several teams from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s. A power-hitting first baseman with a tall, lanky build, the five-time All-Star became, in 1992, the first player since the dead-ball era to lead both leagues in home runs. Although he has never hit more than 37 homers in a single season, he finished his career only seven homers away from joining the exclusive 500 home run club. He won a World Series title as a first baseman with the Atlanta Braves in 1995. He currently works in the Rays' front office as an advisor. He also currently works for Catch 47 as a co-host for "The Baysball Show".

McGriff's nickname "Crime Dog" was bestowed on him by ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, noted for his unusual and idiosyncratic player nicknames. The nickname is a play on McGruff, a cartoon dog created for American police to raise children's awareness on crime prevention. In addition, Berman would punctuate McGriff highlights by referring to them as "Crime Time", again, a wordplay referencing Berman's NFL: Primetime newscast. Unlike most of Berman's nicknames, the "Crime Dog" nickname entered into standard usage. At first, McGriff stated he would prefer "Fire Dog" (a reference to a fire in the press-box of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium the day the Braves acquired him from the Padres; symbolically, the then-slumping Braves "caught fire" and ended up winning their division), but since has stated that he actually is fond of the "Crime Dog" nickname.

McGriff was a prospect in the New York Yankees minor league system in the early 1980s. He was drafted by the Yankees in the 9th round of the 1981 amateur draft and signed June 11, 1981. In 1982, the Yankees, in one of their famous shortsighted moves of the decade, dealt McGriff, along with Dave Collins and Mike Morgan to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dale Murray and Tom Dodd.

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