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MLB notes: Moyer, 49, oldest pitcher to win a game

Jamie Moyer is headed to the Hall of Fame.

Well, maybe his uniform anyway. Or perhaps even his glove.

Cooperstown has asked for some sort of memorabilia from Moyer to commemorate his record-setting night as the 49-year-old left-hander became the oldest pitcher to ever win a major-league contest.

And whatever the Hall of Fame decides it wants, Moyer said he will certainly deliver after throwing seven efficient innings to help the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night.

"To have your name mentioned with great players of the past or Hall of Fame players, it's pretty special," Moyer said.

Moyer (1-2) picked up his 268th career win, tying him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 34th on the career list. He relied on a cutter the Padres couldn't get good wood on and a 78-mph fastball that danced all over the place.

Moyer gave up just six hits and two runs — both unearned — as he kept the Padres hitters off balance and guessing.

"Today, for me, is just like it's been my previous two starts — going out and trying to give my best effort," Moyer said.

That's a tried and true formula for success, one that's worked well for Moyer over a career that has stretched nearly a quarter century and included 689 games.

Moyer earned that elusive win for the ages in his third start of the season. He is 49 years, 150 days old.

That's important to note since before Moyer's effort the oldest pitcher to win a game in the majors was Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers on Sept. 13, 1932, when he was 49 years, 70 days old.

Moyer doesn't know all that much about Quinn. He wishes he did, though.

"As players, we should know more about the game, the history of the game," Moyer said. "You need to respect the game and the people that came before you."

He's definitely a part of baseball's lore now.

Short hops

■ Diamondbacks rookie A.J. Pollock made his major-league debut Wednesday, batting seventh and playing center field in place of Chris Young, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right shoulder. Pollock went 0-for-3 with a walk, was caught stealing when he overslid the second base bag in the seventh inning and hit into the last out of the game. Young is hitting .410 (16 for 39) with five homers and 13 RBI.

■ Former Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to nine months in jail after pleading no contest to charges he exposed himself to women he met on Craigslist and assaulted one. Dykstra entered his plea Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom to one count each of assault with a deadly weapon and lewd conduct. Prosecutors say Dykstra exposed himself to several women who responded to ads for personal assistants and housekeepers. During one incident, prosecutors say, Dykstra held a knife and forced the woman to give him a massage.

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