The 2010 Major League Baseball season began April 4, with the regular season ending on October 3. The 2010 All-Star Game was played on July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in California; the National League ended a 13-game winless streak with a 3–1 victory. Due to this result, the 2010 World Series began October 27 in the city of the National League Champion, the San Francisco Giants, ended November 1 when the Giants defeated the American League Champion Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series, four games to one. Green backgrounds indicate teams. Numbers in parentheses indicate seedings for the playoffs, determined by won-lost records. In first round of Playoffs two teams in the same division cannot play each other For much of the season, 2010 was labeled the Year of the Pitcher. 2010 saw many prominent pitching occurrences, including: Six no-hitters were thrown. They were thrown by Ubaldo Jiménez, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay, Edwin Jackson, Matt Garza, Halladay again, this time in Game 1 of the NLDS.
It was only the third time in major league history that at least six no-hitters were thrown in a single season. Braden's no-hitter and Halladay's first were both perfect games. Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game, in which Galarraga set down the first twenty-six Cleveland Indians batters in order before umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled Jason Donald safe at first on a ground ball. If not for Joyce's mistaken call, Galarraga's would have been the third perfect game in a season, the third in less than a month. MLB pitchers combined for a record 34,306 strikeouts. A record-tying 15 pitchers recorded 200 or more strikeouts. Neftalí Feliz of the Texas Rangers earned 40 saves, breaking the record for most saves in a season for a rookie. Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals struck out 41 batters in his first four major league starts, a major league record. * Served as interim manager, replacing Cecil Cooper. The following managers who were interim managers for 2009 will lead their respective teams in 2010: Manny Ramirez /: As a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez recorded his 2500th career hit with a single in the 5th inning against the Florida Marlins on April 10.
Ramirez became the 91st player to reach this mark. Ramírez hit his 550th career home run in the 2nd inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 31, he became the 14th player to reach this mark. Iván Rodríguez: Recorded his 550th career double in the 6th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 12. "Pudge" became the 23rd player to reach this mark. Johnny Damon: Recorded his 1000th career RBI with a double in the 5th inning against the Kansas City Royals on April 14. Damon became the 264th player to reach this mark. Scored his 1500th career run in the 1st inning against the Los Angeles Angels on April 30, he became the 68th player to reach this mark. Recorded his 2500th career hit with a single in the 3rd inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 6, he became the 92nd player to reach this mark. Collected his 100th career triple against the Texas Rangers on September 15, he became 160th the player to reach this mark. José Guillén: Recorded his 200th career home run in the 7th inning against the Detroit Tigers on April 14.
Guillen became the 296th player to reach this mark. On August 13, Guillen was traded to the San Francisco Giants. Magglio Ordóñez: Recorded his 1000th career run scored in the 3rd inning on a Carlos Guillén ground out against the Los Angeles Angels on April 22. Ordonez became the 303rd player to reach this mark. Recorded his 2000th career hit with a single in the 4th inning against the Minnesota Twins on April 29, he became the 260th player to reach this mark. David Wright: Becomes the youngest in Mets history to record his 1000th hit, he reached that mark with a single in the 5th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of a doubleheader on April 27. Orlando Cabrera: Recorded his 200th career stolen base in the 6th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 30. Cabrera became the 337th player to reach this mark. Vernon Wells: Recorded his 200th career home run in the 5th inning against the Oakland Athletics on April 30. Wells became the 297th player to reach this mark. Jason Kendall: Was hit by a pitch for the 250th career time on May 12 against the Cleveland Indians.
Fausto Carmona was the pitcher that hit him in the 4th inning as Kendall became the 5th player to reach this mark. Scored his 1000th career run on a Mike Avilés single in the 3rd inning against the Cleveland Indians on May 19, he became the 304th player to reach this mark. Lance Berkman /: As a member of the Houston Astros, Berkman walked for the 1000th career time on May 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers in the 5th inning by David Bush. Berkman became the 110th player to reach this mark. Berkman as a member of the Astros, scored his 1000th career run on a home run on July 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he became the 306th player to reach this mark. Berkman was traded to the New York Yankees on July 30. Mark Teixeira: Recorded his 250th career home run in the 7th inning against the Cleveland Indians on May 30. Teixeira became the 197th player to reach this mark. Bobby Abreu: Recorded his 500th career double in the 1st inning against the Kansas City Royals on June 2. Abreu became the 51st player to reach this mark.
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Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat; the objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner advances around the bases in order and touches home plate; the team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner. The first objective of the batting team is to have a player reach first base safely. A player on the batting team who reaches first base without being called "out" can attempt to advance to subsequent bases as a runner, either or during teammates' turns batting; the fielding team tries to prevent runs by getting batters or runners "out", which forces them out of the field of play.
Both the pitcher and fielders have methods of getting the batting team's players out. The opposing teams switch forth between batting and fielding. One turn batting for each team constitutes an inning. A game is composed of nine innings, the team with the greater number of runs at the end of the game wins. If scores are tied at the end of nine innings, extra innings are played. Baseball has no game clock. Baseball evolved from older bat-and-ball games being played in England by the mid-18th century; this game was brought by immigrants to North America. By the late 19th century, baseball was recognized as the national sport of the United States. Baseball is popular in North America and parts of Central and South America, the Caribbean, East Asia in Japan and South Korea. In the United States and Canada, professional Major League Baseball teams are divided into the National League and American League, each with three divisions: East and Central; the MLB champion is determined by playoffs. The top level of play is split in Japan between the Central and Pacific Leagues and in Cuba between the West League and East League.
The World Baseball Classic, organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, is the major international competition of the sport and attracts the top national teams from around the world. A baseball game is played between two teams, each composed of nine players, that take turns playing offense and defense. A pair of turns, one at bat and one in the field, by each team constitutes an inning. A game consists of nine innings. One team—customarily the visiting team—bats in the top, or first half, of every inning; the other team -- customarily the home team -- bats in second half, of every inning. The goal of the game is to score more points than the other team; the players on the team at bat attempt to score runs by circling or completing a tour of the four bases set at the corners of the square-shaped baseball diamond. A player bats at home plate and must proceed counterclockwise to first base, second base, third base, back home to score a run; the team in the field attempts to prevent runs from scoring and record outs, which remove opposing players from offensive action until their turn in their team's batting order comes up again.
When three outs are recorded, the teams switch roles for the next half-inning. If the score of the game is tied after nine innings, extra innings are played to resolve the contest. Many amateur games unorganized ones, involve different numbers of players and innings; the game is played on a field whose primary boundaries, the foul lines, extend forward from home plate at 45-degree angles. The 90-degree area within the foul lines is referred to as fair territory; the part of the field enclosed by the bases and several yards beyond them is the infield. In the middle of the infield is a raised pitcher's mound, with a rectangular rubber plate at its center; the outer boundary of the outfield is demarcated by a raised fence, which may be of any material and height. The fair territory between home plate and the outfield boundary is baseball's field of play, though significant events can take place in foul territory, as well. There are three basic tools of baseball: the ball, the bat, the glove or mitt: The baseball is about the size of an adult's fist, around 9 inches in circumference.
It wound in yarn and covered in white cowhide, with red stitching. The bat is a hitting tool, traditionally made of a solid piece of wood. Other materials are now used for nonprofessional games, it is a hard round stick, about 2.5 inches in diameter at the hitting end, tapering to a narrower handle and culminating in a knob. Bats used by adults are around 34 inches long, not longer than 42 inches; the glove or mitt is a fielding tool, made of padded leather with webbing between the fingers. As an aid in catching and holding onto the ball, it takes various shapes to meet the specific needs of differ