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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 21, 1999:
In their current 4-game series against the Giants, the Dodgers start pitchers from four different countries, something they have done before, but this time, the Dodgers have three continents covered. In yesterday's 6–5 win it was Eric Gagne of Canada; In today's 9–4 win it is Jeff Williams of Australia; In tomorrow's 5–4 loss it will be Ismael Valdes of Mexico; and the next day it will be Chan Ho Park from Korea, in a 5–3 win.
»September 7, 1999:
Two native Canadian pitchers oppose each other as starters for the first time in 26 years. Florida Marlin pitcher Ryan Dempster from British Columbia faces off against Dodger Eric Gagne who hails from Quebec. The two roomed together while competing on Canada's national baseball team. The battle is a draw with neither pitcher getting the decision, but the Marlins win, 2–1.
»July 1, 2000: On Canada's 133rd birthday, Florida's Ryan Dempster and Montreal's Mike Johnson hook up in a rare matchup of Canadian starters. Dempster comes out on top as the Marlins defeat the Expos by a score of 6–5. Johnson hails from Edmonton, Alberta, while Dempster is a native of Sechelt, British Columbia. Theirs is the first matchup of Canadian-born starters since last September when Dempster took on Eric Gagne of the Los Angeles Dodgers.