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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 13, 2011 at 12:38:45 PM

It was 50 years ago that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run mark by hitting 61 during a 162-game season. It was an expansion year and eight more games were added, therefore comissioner Ford Frick decided to add an asterisk when Maris needed more than 154 games.

For most of the year until a late injury, Mantle joined Maris in pursuing the record, but in the end it was Maris' record.

In real life the chase began on April 11, 1961 and neither Maris or Mantle connected against Minnesota's Pedro Ramos. On opening day at the stadium, Ramos pitched a three-hitter and struck out the M and M boys three times during a 5-4 loss.

When I replayed that game with Strat-O-Matic's computer baseball game, the results were slightly different.

The Twins wound up winning 5-4 but Maris

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 6, 2011 at 05:39:29 PM

Today is April 6 and a year ago, Rafael Soriano was in Tampa Bay and was the winning pitcher in a 4-3 Rays' victory over the Orioles. That day, Soriano began a 45-save season by working out of a bases-loaded jam.

Last night, Soriano failed to work out of the same situation as he gave up three walks for the first time as a relief pitcher. Then he did one of the cardinal sins, especially in New York and that was not owning up to it.

Whether he pitches a third straight game remains to be seen, especially since he has thrown 51 pitches during the last two games, but one thing is certain, Soriano deserves a lot of credit for apologizing. Not only did he apologize but he was authentic, engaging and vowed it would never occur again.

"I think it takes character and I think it takes self-evaluation