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Carly Ray Jepsen tossed a ceremonial first pitch right over the plate at Camden Yards earlier this season, but it proved to be far more difficult the second time around.  On July 14, the pop singer set up from the rubber and her pitch barely cleared the mound at Tropicana Field. (Rob Carr/Getty Images; Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

GALLERY: Celebrity First Pitches in 2013

Carly Ray Jepsen tossed a ceremonial first pitch right over the plate at Camden Yards earlier this season, but it proved to be far more difficult the second time around.  On July 14, the pop singer set up from the rubber and her pitch barely cleared the mound at Tropicana Field. (Rob Carr/Getty Images; Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)
GALLERY: Celebrity First Pitches in 2013

The 2013 season has seen a number of brawls, two of note involving Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. On April 11, Greinke hit the Padres’ Carlos Quentin with a pitch, then suffered a broken collarbone when Quentin charged the mound and slammed into the pitcher. On June 11, Greinke was at the center of another brawl, when he was himself hit by the Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy, leading to a melee that led to six players being suspended. (Lenny Ignelz, Mark J. Terrill/AP; Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Memorable Moments of the 2013 Season

The 2013 season has seen a number of brawls, two of note involving Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke. On April 11, Greinke hit the Padres’ Carlos Quentin with a pitch, then suffered a broken collarbone when Quentin charged the mound and slammed into the pitcher. On June 11, Greinke was at the center of another brawl, when he was himself hit by the Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy, leading to a melee that led to six players being suspended. (Lenny Ignelz, Mark J. Terrill/AP; Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Memorable Moments of the 2013 Season

In a play that came to epitomize the play-to-win attitude of All-Star Games past, Pete Rose scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th by barreling into catcher Ray Fosse at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati on July 14, 1970. (Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

GALLERY: MLB All-Star Game Memorable Moments

In a play that came to epitomize the play-to-win attitude of All-Star Games past, Pete Rose scored the winning run in the bottom of the 12th by barreling into catcher Ray Fosse at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati on July 14, 1970. (Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
GALLERY: MLB All-Star Game Memorable Moments

Miguel Cabrera plays catch with his son prior to the 2013 MLB All Star Home Run Derby on July 15, 2013.  Cabrera decided to sit out the derby to rest his sore back, making way for Yoenis Cespedes to take his spot.  (Chuck Solomon/SI)

GALLERY: 2013 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby

Miguel Cabrera plays catch with his son prior to the 2013 MLB All Star Home Run Derby on July 15, 2013.  Cabrera decided to sit out the derby to rest his sore back, making way for Yoenis Cespedes to take his spot.  (Chuck Solomon/SI)
GALLERY: 2013 MLB All-Star Home Run Derby

Hank Aaron took over as baseball’s all-time home run king with No. 715 off the Dodgers’ Al Downing on April 8, 1974. The game was delayed 11 minutes for a celebration. (Tony Triolo/SI)

GALLERY: MLB’s Most Memorable Home Runs

Hank Aaron took over as baseball’s all-time home run king with No. 715 off the Dodgers’ Al Downing on April 8, 1974. The game was delayed 11 minutes for a celebration. (Tony Triolo/SI)
GALLERY: MLB’s Most Memorable Home Runs

In the first season at new Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s 72-year-old record for the most hits in Yankees history with hit number 2,722, a ground-ball through the left side off Orioles rookie Chris Tillman leading off the third inning on Sept. 11, 2009. (Anthony J. Causi/Icon SMI)

GALLERY: Derek Jeter’s Greatest Hits

In the first season at new Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter broke Lou Gehrig’s 72-year-old record for the most hits in Yankees history with hit number 2,722, a ground-ball through the left side off Orioles rookie Chris Tillman leading off the third inning on Sept. 11, 2009. (Anthony J. Causi/Icon SMI)
GALLERY: Derek Jeter’s Greatest Hits

Ryan Howard’s 23rd and final homer eliminated runner-up David Wright (22 HRs) to clinch his first Home Run Derby crown in Pittsburgh on July 10, 2006. (AP; Chuck Solomon/SI)

GALLERY: Home Run Derby’s Greatest Moments

Ryan Howard’s 23rd and final homer eliminated runner-up David Wright (22 HRs) to clinch his first Home Run Derby crown in Pittsburgh on July 10, 2006. (AP; Chuck Solomon/SI)
GALLERY: Home Run Derby’s Greatest Moments

Randy Johnson of the Montreal Expos attempts to photograph a model on the beach during spring training in March 1989 in West Palm Beach, FL. (Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Athletes at the Beach

Randy Johnson of the Montreal Expos attempts to photograph a model on the beach during spring training in March 1989 in West Palm Beach, FL. (Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Athletes at the Beach

Fireworks explode over Citi Field after Wednesday night’s game between the Mets and Diamondbacks. Mets fans outlasted a long rain delay and a loss before being rewarded with fireworks. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

GALLERY: Fourth of July at the Ballpark

Fireworks explode over Citi Field after Wednesday night’s game between the Mets and Diamondbacks. Mets fans outlasted a long rain delay and a loss before being rewarded with fireworks. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
GALLERY: Fourth of July at the Ballpark

On July 2, the Twins gave Mariano Rivera a retirement gift in a pregame ceremony: a rocking chair made in part from broken bats with the inscription, “Chair of Broken Dreams.” Rivera smiled widely. “I was expecting someone to do something like that with broken bats, but that was, that was awesome,” he said. “That was great. That was wonderful. Made me laugh a lot.” (Jim Mone/AP; Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mariano Rivera

On July 2, the Twins gave Mariano Rivera a retirement gift in a pregame ceremony: a rocking chair made in part from broken bats with the inscription, “Chair of Broken Dreams.” Rivera smiled widely. “I was expecting someone to do something like that with broken bats, but that was, that was awesome,” he said. “That was great. That was wonderful. Made me laugh a lot.” (Jim Mone/AP; Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mariano Rivera

Homer Bailey pitched his second no-hitter in 10 months on July 2, 2013, becoming the first player in baseball to throw MLB’s two most recent no-no’s since Nolan Ryan in 1974-75. (Al Behrman/AP)

GALLERY: Most Recent No Hitters, By Team

Homer Bailey pitched his second no-hitter in 10 months on July 2, 2013, becoming the first player in baseball to throw MLB’s two most recent no-no’s since Nolan Ryan in 1974-75. (Al Behrman/AP)
GALLERY: Most Recent No Hitters, By Team

16-year-old Bryce Harper both pitches and catches for Las Vegas High in the same game against Silverado High during the NIAA 4A Sunrise Region Championships on May 14, 2009.  (Robert Beck/SI)

GALLERY: The Phenomenal Bryce Harper

16-year-old Bryce Harper both pitches and catches for Las Vegas High in the same game against Silverado High during the NIAA 4A Sunrise Region Championships on May 14, 2009.  (Robert Beck/SI)
GALLERY: The Phenomenal Bryce Harper

White Sox pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage throws from the mound in the shorts worn by the team for three games during the 1976 season. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Ugliest Uniforms in Sports History

White Sox pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage throws from the mound in the shorts worn by the team for three games during the 1976 season. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Ugliest Uniforms in Sports History

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bob Uecker clowns around with a tuba near the bleachers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis before Game 2 of the 1964 World Series. (AP)

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bob Uecker clowns around with a tuba near the bleachers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis before Game 2 of the 1964 World Series. (AP)

James Gandolfini tips his cap to the crowd after reading the farewell speech of Yankee legend Lou Gehrig as part of Project ALS Day prior to the New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox on June 1, 2002 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters)

GALLERY: Sports Fan James Gandolfini

 

James Gandolfini tips his cap to the crowd after reading the farewell speech of Yankee legend Lou Gehrig as part of Project ALS Day prior to the New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox on June 1, 2002 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters)
GALLERY: Sports Fan James Gandolfini