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Mark Buehrle Gives Baseball Rare Perfect Moment 2

Posted on July 23, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Mark Buehrle becomes only the 18th pitcher in baseball history to throw a perfect game.

Mark Buehrle becomes only the 18th pitcher in baseball history to throw a perfect game.

There might be rarer events in sports than the “Perfect Game” in Major League Baseball, but there are none that have the same magic as when a pitcher and defense combine to hold the opposition without a single base runner in a nine-inning game.

The perfect game by Chicago White Sox hurler Mark Buerhle on Thursday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays was the result not just of Buehrle’s fine work, but also of the “magic” of the entire team.

A grand slam home run in the second inning by Josh Fields gave Buehrle the cushion he needed and the lefty masterfully held the Rays in check.

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