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Major League Baseball

• Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of Alex Rodriguez's first major league home run, hit at the Kingdome on June 12, 1995, at age 19, off Kansas City's Tom Gordon. A-Rod's total of 400 home runs is the most that any player has hit within 10 years of his first major league homer. The previous high was 374 by Eddie Mathews.

Marlon Anderson of the Mets became only the fifth player since 1971 to hit a game-tying inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the ninth. The others were Ruben Rivera (2000 Padres), Edgar Renteria (1997 Marlins), Amos Otis (1978 Royals), and Dan Driessen (1977 Reds). What's the significance of 1971? It was the year of the last game-winning inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the ninth -- by none other than Reggie Jackson.

John Smoltz pitched a five-hit complete game in the Braves' 5-3 win over the A's. It came 6 years, 42 days after Smoltz's last complete game. Only two other active pitchers had gaps of six years or more between CGs: Mike Remlinger (1991-1997) and Paul Wilson (1996-2002).

• Tony La Russa chose to sit Larry Walker against Randy Johnson, despite Walker's .393 career batting average against the Big Unit (11-for-28). The only left-handed batter with a higher mark vs. Johnson, with at least five hits, is Matt Stairs (.412, 7-for-17). In fact, only three other left-handed batters have career averages against Johnson within 100 points of Walker's (minimum: 5 hits): Don Mattingly, .381 (16-for-42); Mo Vaughn, .323 (10-for-31); and Barry Bonds, .306 (15-for-49).