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Jason Dean Lane

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Jason Lane also pitched in college. He picked up the win the infamous 1998 "slugfest" game in which USC beat Arizona State 21-14 for the College World Series title. Lane also hit a grand slam in that game.

He played in the major leagues from 2002 to 2007, logging 497 games as an outfielder. All of these were with the Houston Astros, except for 3 games with the San Diego Padres late in Padres.

In 2014, he returned to the major leagues at 37 as a relief pitcher for the Padres, after not playing at that level since 2007. While he had pitched intermitently in the minors starting in 2009, he only made the switch full time after the 2011 season, and it required spending large chunks of the 2012 and 2013 seasons in the independent leagues, with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League. He was mainly a starter in the minors and was 5-4, 4.36 in 11 starts for the El Paso Chihuahuas when the Padres gave him a call to help out a depleted bullpen. In his pitching debut on June 3rd, he retired all 10 batters he faced in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after relieving Jesse Hahn, who was making his major league debut, with two outs in the 4th and the Padres trailing, 4-0. His strong performance kept San Diego in the game, but they still lost, 4-1.

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[edit] Further Reading

  • Corey Brock: "Former outfielder Lane trying to make it on mound: Love of the game fuels position change as southpaw awaits another big league shot", mlb.com, August 29, 2013. [1]

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