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Yankee Pitcher Caught With “Pine Tar”

Every professional baseball pitcher wants to throw the ball so the batter can’t hit it.

There are lots of ways to do that.

One way is for the pitcher to throw the ball so that, after it leaves his hand, it “dips down.” That’s known as a curve ball.

Curve balls are tricky to throw. One reason is that it’s hard to grip the smooth, slippery ball.

Last week, a pitcher from the Yankees baseball team was caught using sticky pine tar so he could grip the ball better.

Roy Halladay pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009. Image:  Keith Allison
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Pitcher Roy Halladay: One Final Day As A Blue Jay

One of the finest baseball pitchers in the history of the sport retired yesterday.

And he went out as a Blue Jay.

Roy Halladay had a distinguished career as a pitcher, with a record of 203 wins and just 105 losses.

He spent 12 years wearing a Blue Jays uniform; the last four years of his career he pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.

On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history. Then, he threw a no-hitter on Oct. 6—only the second no-hitter in MLB post-season history.

He won the Cy Young Award twice and was selected eight times to play in special All-Star games.

In addition to his impressive baseball skill, Halladay is also known as an upstanding person who gave generously to people in need.

Although at the end of his career Halladay played for the Phillies, he wanted to finish his career as a Toronto Blue Jay.

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Boston Celebrates World Series Victory

Boston finally has a reason to celebrate–and that’s exactly what Red Sox fans are doing.

Fans took to the streets last weekend to celebrate the fact that their baseball team won the World Series.

The parade made an important detour.

It stopped at the Boston Marathon finish line.

Last April, there was a terrible bombing during the Boston Marathon race, which took the lives of three people.

The city–and people all over the world–were upset by the tragedy.

Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox. Image: Keith Allison.
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Cardinals Win Game Three In World Series After Rare Call By Umpires

On Saturday night, something unexpected happened in an important baseball game.

The St. Louis Cardinals were playing against the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

The World Series is a best-of-seven series. That means the first team to win four games wins the World Series and is named the best major-league baseball team of the year.

The games are always filled with tension and excitement, but Saturday’s game—game three—had a bit more of both.

It was the bottom of the ninth inning.

The game was tied 4-4.

It was the last chance for the Cardinals to score a point. If they did, they would win the game.

What happened next was very exciting.