The agony: Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Aviles sits in the dugout after his team's 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday (Sept. 28, 2011).
September 29, 2011 Until Wednesday night, no Major League Baseball team that had an 8-game lead for a playoff spot in early September had failed to qualify for post-season play. The Red Sox and Braves both managed to get into the record books for doing just that.
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St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols grabs his left wrist after being injured on a play at first base during a game against the Kansas City Royals Sunday, June 19, 2011, in St. Louis.
June 20, 2011 The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman is a three-time league MVP and arguably baseball's best player. His team is tied for the lead of the National League's Central division.
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