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.

MLB: Florida 4, St. Louis 1 (11 innings)

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Dan Uggla singled in the go-ahead run during a three-run 11th Friday, giving the Florida Marlins a 4-1 victory over St. Louis.

MLB: Florida 5, Arizona 2

PHOENIX, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Josh Willingham homered and Ricky Nolasco held Arizona to three hits over 7 1/3 innings Sunday, leading Florida to a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

MLB: Washington 8, Atlanta 2

ATLANTA, July 19 (UPI) -- Cristian Guzman's two hits and three RBI led the Washington Nationals' easy 8-2 win at Atlanta Saturday.

MLB: Minnesota 2, Washington 1

MINNEAPOLIS, June 17 (UPI) -- Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning Tuesday to give the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 inter-league victory over the Washington Nationals.

Acta will catch Bush's pitch, not Lo Duca

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush is to throw the Washington Nationals' first pitch of the season to team manager Manny Acta, instead of catcher Paul Lo Duca.

Report urges independent drug program

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Dozens of baseball players, including seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, were implicated Thursday in a doping report released in New York.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 7, Florida 6 (11 inn.)

MIAMI, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- David Wright hit an RBI single in the top of the 11th inning Sunday afternoon, as the New York Mets edged the Florida Marlins, 7-6.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 9, Florida 6

MIAMI, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Paul Lo Duca had four hits Friday night and the New York Mets capitalized on six Florida errors to defeat the Marlins, 9-6.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 8, Washington 4

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- David Wright drove in three runs Wednesday, helping carry the New York Mets to an 8-4 victory over Washington.

MLB: Washington 9, N.Y. Mets 8

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Ronnie Belliard's three-run homer highlighted a five-run fifth inning Tuesday as Washington edged the New York Mets 9-8.

MLB: Atlanta 13, N.Y. Mets 5

NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer during a six-run fourth inning Tuesday as the Atlanta Braves powered past the New York Mets 13-5.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 11, Cincinnati 7

CINCINNATI, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Paul Lo Duca had two home runs and seven RBI Tuesday, powering the New York Mets to an 11-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Hamstring injury lands Lo Duca on DL

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The New York Mets said Sunday veteran catcher Paul Lo Duca was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

MLB: Florida 4, N.Y. Mets 3

NEW YORK, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth Friday night as Florida edged the New York Mets, 4-3.
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Paul Lo Duca
SLP2002070506- ST. LOUIS, July 5 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Dodger Paul Lo Duca does a handstand to get out of the way of the baseball while batting against St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Matt Morris in the third inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 5, 2002. Lo Duca was hit by the pitch. rlw/bg/Bill Greenblatt UPI

Paul Anthony Lo Duca (born April 12, 1972 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Major League Baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. Previously, Lo Duca played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1998-2004), Florida Marlins (2004-2005, 2008), New York Mets (2006-2007), and Washington Nationals (2008).

Paul Lo Duca walked on to the baseball team at Glendale Community College (AZ) after he was not recruited or drafted out of high school. He hit .449 and .461 in his two years at the community college before transferring to Arizona State University. In 1993, the one year he played at ASU, Lo Duca was named The Sporting News Player of the Year, setting school records with a .446 batting average and 129 hits. He was also named a finalist for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award and his 37-game hitting streak is the second longest in school history.

Despite his college success, Lo Duca spent many years in the minor leagues, after being drafted in the 25th round of the 1993 Amateur Draft, finally achieving a breakthrough year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001 at age 29. Lo Duca drew comparisons to Dodgers predecessors Mike Scioscia and Mike Piazza -- all three were capable and popular everyday catchers who were homegrown through the Dodgers' organization, and all three are of Italian-American ancestry. On the other hand, Lo Duca's primary strength is as a contact hitter, like Scioscia, but unlike the power-hitting Piazza. Lo Duca would forge another connection with Piazza in being traded away (to the Marlins, and eventually to the Mets) in two of the Dodgers' most unpopular trades in recent memory. Lo Duca still receives a warm response from fans whenever he visits Dodger Stadium.

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