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Dallas Braden Throws Perfect Game Against Rays

Jason KimCorrespondent IMay 9, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 09:  Dallas Braden #51 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates after pitching a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays during an MLB game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 9, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Twenty-seven up, twenty-seven down.

Oakland Athletics pitcher lefty Dallas Braden threw the 17th ever perfect game (in the Modern Era) today against the Tampa Bay Rays, and the first one on Mother's Day.

It was the 2nd time the Rays had been thrown against a perfect game in less than a year. 

Braden, 26, was recently known for his comments on Yankee Alex Rodriguez stepping over the mound to get over to 1st base during a game.

Not anymore, as this game is added to history forever. 

The 27th out came as Gabe Kapler hit the ball, then scooped into Shortstop Cliff Pennington's glove, and it was thrown over to 1st base. 

His catcher was Landon Powell, who replaced the injured Kurt Suzuki. Powell said in an interview that he and Braden had talked with each other in the tunnel before the game.

As it became official, the first person Braden looked to was his Grandmother, who was very emotional as she was hugging him.

This year will be his first full season as a starter.

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