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2.08: Mark Melancon's career ERA against National League teams, including his 2010-11 stint with the Astros and Interleague Play while with the Yankees (2009-10) and Red Sox (2012).

"It was one of the few times where everything actually slows down. I did feel like I was running on air. I could feel my heartbeat through my shirt. I could smell stuff I'd never smelled. All the colors were brighter. It was wild." - Hurdle, on his tour around the bases after hitting a home run in his Major League debut, on Sept. 18, 1977.

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