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Almost-Perfect-Game Book Keeps Umpire Joyce From Arizona Games

Umpire Jim Joyce won’t work any Arizona Diamondbacks games this season because he and the team’s Armando Galarraga wrote a book about the pitcher’s almost-perfect game last season.

Galarraga lost the perfect game on June 2, 2010, when Joyce, as the first-base umpire, blew a call on what video replays showed should have been the final out. Joyce acknowledged after the game that he made a mistake and apologized to Galarraga, who would have become the 21st pitcher in Major League Baseball history to retire all 27 batters he faced in order.