First number, last word

March 21, 2007: Date of ESPN's last national telecast of a Grapefruit League game from McKechnie Field, as sensationalized Red Sox newcomer Daisuke Matsuzaka faced the Pirates as part of his first MLB Spring Training; the network's return engagement was rained out on Monday.

"Competition with guys wearing the same jersey is different, but it's the way it is. It keeps you in check. If you'd rather do without that, you shouldn't be in this room, in this uniform." - Closer Jason Grilli, on the heated and upscale battle for seats in the Pirates bullpen.

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