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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»December 11, 2001:
Former USC P Mark Prior wins the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in the US. Prior signed a 5-year contract with the Cubs after being selected in the June draft.
»June 8, 2002:
At Seattle, Mark Prior pitches seven strong innings to give the Chicago Cubs a 2–0 interleague victory over the Mariners. Prior gives up just four hits and a walk while striking out 11, including the last five batters he faces. Sammy Sosa hits his major league–leading 21st homer in the sixth inning and Fred McGriff hits his 10th in the eighth.