Garciaparra retires as a Red Sox

Garciaparra retires as a Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla., March 10 (UPI) -- Nomar Garciaparra, who won two American League batting titles while with the Boston Red Sox, retired Wednesday, ending a 14-year major league career.

MLB: Oakland 3, Chicago White Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 Sunday on a walk-off solo home run by Mark Ellis.

MLB: Oakland 6, Boston 0

BOSTON, July 6 (UPI) -- Brett Anderson pitched a two-hit shutout and Mark Ellis and Adam Kennedy each had two RBI in the Oakland Athletics' 6-0 victory Monday over Boston.

MLB: Arizona 8, Oakland 7 (11 inn.)

OAKLAND, Calif., May 24 (UPI) -- Mark Reynolds hit a key two-run double in the 11th inning Saturday to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Oakland Athletics 8-7.

MLB: Oakland 7, Tampa Bay 1

OAKLAND, Calif., April 26 (UPI) -- Kurt Suzuki drove in three runs and scored another for Oakland Sunday, helping the Athletics coast to a 7-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB: Oakland 5, Tampa Bay 2

OAKLAND, Calif., April 25 (UPI) -- Nomar Garciaparra hit a three-run double in the fourth inning Saturday to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB: Oakland 8, Boston 2

OAKLAND, Calif., April 14 (UPI) -- Jason Giambi and Matt Holliday had two RBI each and Nomar Garciaparra and Jack Cust homered Monday in the Oakland Athletics' 8-2 rout of Boston.

MLB: Oakland 6, LA Angels 4

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 9 (UPI) -- Mark Ellis drove in the go-ahead run as part of a late and improbable rally Wednesday, boosting Oakland past the Los Angeles Angels 6-4.

A's sign Garciaparra, Cabrera

OAKLAND, Calif., March 6 (UPI) -- The Oakland Athletics signed free agent infielders Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra to one-year contracts on Friday.

MLB: LA Dodgers 12, San Diego 4

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Homers by Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez Wednesday helped the Los Angeles Dodgers clinch a tie for the division title with a 12-4 win over San Diego.

MLB: LA Dodgers 10, San Diego 1

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Chad Billingsley kept the San Diego Padres at bay Tuesday, giving up nine hits but only one run in six innings in a 10-1 Los Angeles Dodgers victory.

MLB: LA Dodgers 5, Arizona 3

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Nomar Garciaparra drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh Sunday and the LA Dodgers beat Arizona 5-3 for a three-game sweep with their eighth straight win.

MLB: Arizona 9, LA Dodgers 3

PHOENIX, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Stephen Drew's RBI single touched off a four-run seventh Friday that vaulted the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Washington 2, LA Dodgers 1

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Cristian Guzman was 3-for-4 with an RBI Tuesday, leading the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Los Angeles 3, Philadelphia 1

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Hiroki Kuroda allowed just two hits in seven innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who completed a four-game sweep Thursday with a 3-1 win over Philadelphia.
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Nomar Garciaparra
Philadelphia Phillies closing pitcher Brad Lidge reacts as he strikes out Los Angeles Dodgers Nomar Garciaparra in 9th inning Philadelphia Phillies-Los Angeles NLCS play in Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park October 10, 2008. Philadelphia defeated Los Angeles 8-5 to go 2 games up in the series. (UPI Photo/John Anderson)

Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (pronounced /ˈnoʊmɑr ɡɑrˌsiːəˈpɑrə/; born July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California) is an American Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. He previously played first base and third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and shortstop and third base for the Chicago Cubs, after a decade as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams during a single game, and the only player to achieve the feat at home.

Garciaparra is a six-time All-Star (1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006). In five postseason series he has batted .323 with a slugging percentage of .625.

His name has an interesting origin. His first name is his father's name, Ramon, spelled backwards. His last name is a combination of both his mother's and father's last names. Garciaparra attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California where he excelled in football, soccer, and baseball, had a 4.0GPA, and was class valedictorian. His teams won high school league championships in 1990-91, and he won the league MVP honors in 1991, his last year of high school. St. John Bosco High School retired Garciaparra's baseball jersey. St. John Bosco High School's Activities Office window is home to an area dedicated to Garciaparra's baseball career both at the school and with the Dodgers.

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