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Dave Roberts: New LA Dodgers manager makes history

Dave Roberts: New LA Dodgers manager makes history

Flashback to 2004: The Boston Red Sox trail their archrivals, the New York Yankees, three games to none in the American League Championship Series. No team has ever come back from that kind of deficit. Yet down a run heading into the ninth inning of Game 4 — a potential Sox comeback means overcoming New York’s legendary closer Mariano Rivera, as well as the weight of an 86-year World Series drought. Boston’s Kevin Millar leads off the ninth with a walk.

Enter Dave Roberts, pinch runner.

Sent in to run for Millar, Roberts represents the tying run. Rivera tries to hold him close to the bag with three straight throws to first. When he finally delivers a pitch,...

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