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1989: Ripken served notice early that this season would be far different from the previous year's 107-loss debacle. On Opening Day, he hit a three-run homer off ace Roger Clemens to spark a victory over Boston. The Orioles emerged as surprise contenders under manager Frank Robinson, challenging Toronto until the final weekend in an improbable worst to-first bid. Ripken had a 47-game errorless streak and led major league shortstops in putouts, assists, total chances and double plays.

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