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Perfection! Dallas Braden Pitches a Mother’s Day Masterpiece

Dallas Braden puts his pants on just like you and I do. But afterwards, he challenges the most feared hitter in the American League to a fistfight, and a few weeks later, throws a perfect game against the best team in baseball.

That's what happened today against the Tampa Bay Rays, as Oakland's 26-year-old lefty needed only 109 pitches, 77 of which were strikes, to retire each of the 27 Rays' batters he faced.

It was the 19th perfect game in baseball history, and the second in as many years. It was the second straight perfect game thrown against Tampa Bay, after Mark Buehrle perfected the Rays' lineup last July.

Braden had been at the center of a lot of controversy lately, after his averse reaction to Alex Rodriguez strolling across his pitcher's mound. After the g...

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