What's the deal with all the extra innings?

May, 13, 2011
5/13/11
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When the Chicago White Sox scored two runs off Jordan Walden to send Wednesday's game into extra innings, it had a familiar feel. It was the Angels' ninth extra-inning game this season in their first 38 games.

That's a "pace" for 38 extra-inning games, if such terminology has any meaning for such a fluky set of circumstances. The MLB record for extra inning games in a season is 31, set by the Boston Red Sox in 1943, according to Steve Glasser of ESPN's Stats and Info department.

The last team to play so many extra-inning games so soon in the season was the 2008 Milwaukee Brewers. They finished with 20.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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