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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 14, 2002:
In San Diego, the Seattle Mariners release veteran outfielder Eugene Kingsale, and the Padres immediately grab him. No one informs the Mariner players or coaches that Kingsale had changed teams. After the Mariners take the field for warm–ups, several players run back to the clubhouse to tell the coaching staff that Kingsale had jumped ship and is wearing a Padres uniform. Mariner manager Lou Piniella is as surprised as the rest. Kingsale flies out as a pinch hitter in the 5th for Brett Tomko as the Mariners win, 6–3.
»August 17, 2002:
The Padres down the Expos, 6–5. In doing so, they set a new major-league record for pitchers used in a season when reliever Jonathon Johnson (1–0) pitches a perfect 7th. Gene Kingsale caps a 4-run 8th with a 2-run pinch double. A streaker, clad in shorts, then runs across the field and slides into 2B at Kingsale's feet.