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Who are these guys? Long shots who made it

Originally Published: April 2, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Opening week means different things to different people. For Pedro Martinez, April has brought another health scare, and for Barry Zito, more alarm over declining radar gun readings.

For some other, lesser-known major leaguers, the start of the regular season has been accompanied by a dream attained, revisited or achieved under the most surprising of circumstances.

Several low-profile players made Opening Day rosters because of strong spring performances or more practical reasons. ...

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