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Friday, May 13, 2011
What's the deal with all the extra innings?

By Mark Saxon

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.