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Baseball: Pitcher robbed of perfect game

Sport is rarely short of a hard luck story but there can have been few to match that of Armando Galarraga, a journeyman pitcher from the Detroit Tigers who had his moment of moments snatched from him by an official's grievous error. The perfect game is achieved by few – just 20 in 135 years of Major League history, although oddly two have been thrown this season already – and Galarraga was on the verge of adding his name to the list when Jim Joyce, the first-base umpire, denied the 28-year-old Venezuelan the all-important final out.

Baseball: International cast of stars fire Yankees back to top of world

America's richest team wrap up Series – and win the popularity contest too

Yankees win 3-1 to tie World Series

Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui hit solo homers off familiar foe Pedro Martinez to give the New York Yankees a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and tie the World Series at 1-1 last night.

Baseball: Umpire errors show technology's time has come

In this World Series, all eyes will be on the four men in blue who run it. A run of glaringly bad calls by umpires during the 2009 play-offs could see Major League Baseball finally joining cricket, tennis and many other sports and allowing instant replays of contested decisions.

Baseball: Cousin injected me with ‘boli’, says Rodriguez

The New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has admitted that his cousin repeatedly injected him with a substance from the Dominican Republic. Joined at a press conference by the Yankees general manager, Brian Cashman, and manager, Joe Girardi, Rodriguez again apologised for taking banned drugs from 2001-2003 while he was with the Texas Rangers and blamed his 2003 positive doping test on being young and naive.

Baseball: Doormat Rays go up in the world

Since their inception Tampa Bay have been baseball's big joke; but not any more. Rupert Cornwell describes a remarkable awakening

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