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Gimme Five: American League scoreboard features oddity

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Warning: If you're not into the ultimately meaningless serendipity that baseball numbers can often provide, this post isn't for you. But if you love those days on the schedule when everything aligns for no reason whatsoever, well, please read on.

On Sunday, each of the seven games on the American League schedule featured a team that scored exactly five runs — four winners and three losers. The rarity almost didn't happen either as the last game of the day featured the Chicago White Sox needing to score three runs off the Seattle Mariners in the 10th inning of their 5-2 win.

From the Associated Press: {YSP:MORE}

It was the first time in 18 years that such a quirky thing happened with a full schedule. On Aug. 10, 1993, all seven NL games featured one team scoring precisely two runs, STATS LLC said.

The last time it occurred with five or more runs was July 20, 1955, when all four AL games had at least one team score exactly six, STATS LLC said.

To channel Mr. Double Rainbow: What does this all mean?

The answer, of course, is absolutely nothing, though it did make me think of that old "Five Alive" drink and marvel at how awesome that orchard runoff tasted when I was a kid. Mmmmm, sugar.

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