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Mike Mussina Chronology

June 4: The Orioles select Stanford junior Mike Mussina in major-league baseball's amateur draft with 20th pick of first round.

July 2: Signs with Orioles and is assigned to Double-A Hagerstown.

July 19: Makes professional debut in Canton, Ohio, working four scoreless innings for Hagerstown.

July 31: Earns first pro win with seven shutout innings for Hagerstown.

August-September: Is promoted to Triple-A Rochester. Starts two playoff games for Red Wings.

December: Earns degree in economics from Stanford, taking only 3 1/2 years.

July 31: Promoted to Orioles at age of 22 after 30 minor-league starts.

Aug. 4: In major-league debut, holds White Sox to four hits over 7 2/3 innings but loses on homer by Frank Thomas, 1-0.

Aug. 14: Gets first major- league win, striking out 10 in 10-2 win over Rangers at Memorial Stadium.

Oct. 4: Starts final night game at Memorial Stadium, leaving with no-decision.

April-May: In first full major- league season, starts year 5-0.

July 14: At age of 23, becomes youngest Oriole to pitch in All-Star Game in 32 years, working one perfect inning in San Diego.

July 17: Pitches Orioles' first one-hitter in four years, beating Rangers, 8-0, and striking out 10.

August-October: Ends season with seven-game winning streak, finishing with 18-5 record.

Nov. 10: Finishes fourth in voting for American League Cy Young Award, behind winner Dennis Eckersley, Jack McDowell and Roger Clemens.

April 29 and May 5: Becomes first Oriole to pitch back-to- back shutouts since Jim Palmer in 1982.

May 16: Becomes first Oriole to strike out 14 in regular-season game in 36 years, throwing 141 pitches to beat Tigers, 3-2.

June 6: Hits Mariners' Bill Haselman with pitch, in apparent retaliation for pitches thrown at Orioles hitters by Seattle's Chris Bosio. Haselman charges mound and tackles Mussina, who ends up under pile of players during 20-minute brawl between teams. Five Mariners and three Orioles are ejected, but Mussina stays in game, finishing seventh inning and earning win.

July 13: In All-Star Game at Camden Yards, Mussina warms up in bullpen on his own during ninth inning of American League's 9-3 rout as fans chant, "We want Mike," but he doesn't get in game, prompting fans to boo AL manager Cito Gaston of Blue Jays.

July 31: Placed on disabled list for first time in career. Misses six weeks during season with back and shoulder injuries.

Aug. 31: At Anaheim, strikes out six straight in fourth and fifth inning, one short of Sammy Stewart's club record set in 1978.

July 1: Gives up five home runs to Angels, but Orioles hit six and Mussina gets win, 14-7.

July 12: Pitches scoreless inning in All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, becoming first Oriole to make team in first three full seasons.

August: Labor dispute cuts season short. Mussina finishes with 16-5 record in 24 starts, winning seven of last eight decisions.

June 23-Aug. 2: Compiles career-best eight-game winning streak.

July 3: Strikes out 10 Twins in 9-4 win, fourth time in career he has struck out 10 or more.

Aug. 2: Beats Toronto, 1-0, with four-hitter. Orioles got only one hit -- Harold Baines' home run.

Sept. 21-Oct. 1: Ends season with 26 consecutive scoreless innings and three complete- game victories. Finishes with career-high 19 wins, sharing major-league lead with Greg Maddux.

Nov. 14: Finishes fifth in AL Cy Young Award voting.

April 12: Beats Twins, 3-2, with second career two-hitter.

Sept. 7: Pitches Orioles' only shutout of season, striking out season-high 11 in 6-0 victory over Tigers for 19th win of season.

Sept. 12-28: In four attempts to get 20th victory, Mussina goes 0-2 with two no-decisions.

Oct. 4: In first career postseason start, at Cleveland in Division Series, gives up four runs in six innings and doesn't get decision in Orioles' 9-4 loss.

Oct. 8: Wins Gold Glove Award, first time an Orioles pitcher has done so since Jim Palmer in 1979.

Oct. 11: Facing Yankees in Game 3 of AL Championship Series, Mussina leads 2-1 with two outs and none on in eighth inning before New York rallies for four runs to win, 5-2.

Nov. 12: Finishes fifth in AL Cy Young Award voting.

April 2: Calcium deposit in elbow forces Mussina to miss Opening Day start for first time since 1993.

May 3: Signs three-year, $20.45 million contract extension through 2000, going against advice of agent Arn Tellem and drawing criticism from Major League Baseball Players Association for accepting less than market value.

May 8: Defeats Randy Johnson and Mariners, 13-3, ending Johnson's winning streak at 16, one short of major- league record.

May 30: Retires first 25 Indians batters at Camden Yards before Sandy Alomar's one-out single in ninth inning ends bid for perfect game. Finishes with second career one-hitter and 3-0 victory.

June 14: With single off Braves' John Smoltz, becomes first Orioles pitcher since 1972 to get hit in regular-season game.

June 25: Takes no-hit bid into eighth inning in Milwaukee before Jose Valentin leads off with single. Finishes with 9-1 victory.

June 30: Defeats Phillies at Camden Yards, 8-1, to earn 100th career victory.

July 5: Matches career high with 14 strikeouts, but Orioles lose in Detroit, 6-5, when reliever Terry Mathews throws wild pitch during intentional walk, letting winning run score.

Oct. 5: Beats Mariners ace Randy Johnson for second time in five days, clinching Division Series with two-hit, 3-1 victory at Camden Yards.

Oct. 11: Strikes out 15 Indians in seven innings in Game 3 of ALCS but doesn't get decision as Cleveland wins in 12 innings, 2-1, in game that takes nearly five hours.

Oct. 15: With Orioles facing elimination in Game 6 of ALCS, Mussina shuts out Indians on one hit through eight innings, striking out 10, but Indians win in 11th, 1-0, on Tony Fernandez's home run off Armando Benitez to gain berth in World Series.

April 11: Gets 1,000th career strikeout -- Tigers' Bip Roberts.

April 16: Leaves game against White Sox at Camden Yards when wart on right index finger splits open. Is placed on DL one day later.

May 9: Six days after coming off disabled list, beats Tampa Bay, 7-0, recording 13th career shutout.

May 14: Is struck above right eye by Sandy Alomar's line drive, breaking Mussina's nose. Is placed on DL again.

June 6: In return from DL, gives up eight runs but strikes out 10 in 4 2/3 innings in 10-5 loss to Braves.

Aug. 4: Retires first 23 Tigers before Frank Catalanotto's two-out double in eighth inning ends bid for perfect game. Finishes with two-hitter and 4-0 win.

April 21: Gives up career-high 10 runs in 3 2/3 innings against Devil Rays.

June 2: In Seattle, is charged with first error since Aug. 7, 1995, spanning 120 starts.

June 13: In 22-1 victory in Atlanta, becomes first Orioles pitcher to get three RBIs in game since Dave McNally in 1972.

July 10: Strikes out season-high 12 in 8-4 win over Phillies -- one of four games that season in which Mussina struck out 10 or more.

July 13: Pitches shutout inning in All-Star Game in Boston, striking out Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire back-to-back with runners on second and third.

Aug. 22: Is struck on right shoulder by line drive from White Sox's Brook Fordyce. Misses four starts.

Sept. 14-30: Returns to rotation and goes 3-0 with 2.70 ERA in final four starts. Finishes with 18 victories for second time in career, one short of his career high of 19.

Nov. 9: Wins Gold Glove Award for fourth consecutive year.

Nov. 16: Finishes second to Red Sox's Pedro Martinez in AL Cy Young Award voting, Mussina's highest finish.

Jan. 22: Says he is "more open" to testing free-agent market than in 1997, when he allowed majority owner Peter Angelos home-team discount to re-sign with Orioles.

March 27: Angelos modifies his five-year contract proposal to Mussina, bumping offer's total value from $50 million to $60 million. Offer also includes about $2 million a season deferred without interest.

April 3: Allows two hits through seven innings but falters in eighth and loses to Indians on Opening Day, 4-1.

April 29: Avoids winless April with complete-game, 3-1 win over Rangers in sixth start to lift record to 1-2.

May 1: Says "there is no way" he will waive or be bought out of blanket no-trade provision of contract if talks on extension fail to regain momentum before July 31 trade deadline.

May 20: Record falls to 1-6 despite eight strong innings in 2-1 loss to Rangers.

July 31: Says he is "disappointed" over trades of B. J. Surhoff and Will Clark. "There's a big question mark on what I want to do now," Mussina says. "I don't think it takes a genius to figure out they've put the club in a position where they aren't looking to be competitive for a couple years. So where does that leave me?"

Aug. 1: Pitches one-hitter in 10-0 victory over Twins, giving up two-out single to Ron Coomer in seventh inning.

August-September: Orioles owner Peter Angelos withdraws modified six-year, $72 million contract offer to Mussina after pitcher calls it "the same thing" and his agent rejects the offer.

Sept. 24: Ties his club record by striking out 15 in seven innings in 1-0 victory over Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Sept. 30: In final start with Orioles, Mussina beats Yankees, 9-1, for 147th career win. Removed from game with one out in seventh inning, Mussina leaves mound still holding ball, then waves glove and tips cap to fans. A moment later, he returns to acknowledge curtain call. Finishes season 11-15, his only losing record over full season.

Oct. 27: Files for free agency on first day of filing period.

Nov. 6: Angelos says he would not match another team's bid of $15 million a year for Mussina.

Nov. 14: Yankees, Mets and Red Sox emerge as leading contenders to sign Mussina.

Nov. 24: Yankees prepare six-year, $87 million offer to Mussina. Orioles raise offer to six years, $78 million.

Nov. 30: Yankees sign Mussina for six years, $88.5 million

April 5: Wins his Yankee Debut 1-0, pitches 7 2/3 scoreless innings.

May 1: After a 1-3 4.78 first month as a Yankee, Mussina records a 3 hit shutout over the Minnesota Twins, 4-0.

May 6: Faces former team, Orioles for the first time. Pitching 7 innings of 1 run ball, defeats Orioles 2-1. Picks up his 150th win.

May 24: Locked in a classic pitching duel against Pedro Martinez, Moose comes out the winner pitching 8 innings striking out 12.

June 16: Records game winning hit in interleague battle between the Yankees and Mets at shea. Moose wins 2-1, picking up his 1st RBI of the season and his 5th win.

Sept. 2: During a Sunday night national broadcast Mike Mussina and David Cone lock up in one of the most pitching dominant games ever. Mike Mussina was one strike away from perfection, Carl Everett hit a soft liner into left field, with two strikes, for the only Red Sox hit. David Cone, the last pitcher to pitch a perfect game, nearly matched Mussina pitch for pitch, but lost the game on an error. Yankees win 1-0.

Sept. 28: Mussina dominates former team, pitches a 3 hit shutout, while striking out a season high 13. Defeats Orioles 7-0.

Oct. 7: Mussina finishes up first regular season with Yankees in a tune-up game for the Post Season. His final numbers 17-11 3.15.

Oct. 13: With the Yankees down 2-0 in the best of five ALDS, Moose faces a do-or-die situation in his first Yankee Postseason game, he thrives in the pressure situation pitching 7 shutout innings, winning 1-0 and turning the series around. The Yankees would later come back and win the series in an amazing comeback.

Oct. 18: Mussina gets game 2 assignment in the ALCS against Freddy Garcia and the Mariners. While not sporting his best 'stuff' Mussina and the Yankees defeat the Mariners 3-2.

Oct. 27: Moose gets the ball for Game 1 of the 2001 World Series (NYY vs ARZ). His first World Series appearance turns disastrous, he lasts only 3 innings giving up 6 runs (3 earned). The Yankees lose 9-1.

Nov. 1: With the World Series tied 2-2, Moose pitches game 5. His performance is much better than game one, pitching 8 innings, giving up 2 runs and striking out 10. Moose gets a no-decision as the Yankees win in the 12th inning.

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