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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Justin Turner

(Born November 23, 1984) -- The career of Justin Turner is far from over, but he’s had a couple of moments as a baseball player that only could be called memorable.

Turner was born in Long Beach, Cal., and was good enough to move on to the roster of Cal State Fullerton. The infielder was part of the 2004 team there that won the College World Series.

Turner was drafted by the Reds in 2006, but was traded to the Orioles in Dec. 2008. He notched his first major league hit in Yankee Stadium while playing for the O’s in Dec. 2009.

Turner stayed there in the Orioles’ organization until Baltimore released him in 2010. The Mets grabbed him and assigned him to Buffalo. On the last day of the 2010 season in Rochester, Turner hit for the cycle and had six hits on the day.

Turner was called up to the Mets in 2011, and his first major-league homer highlighted a day in which he drove in five runs. He was named rookie of the month for May 2011. Turner served as a utility infielder for New York in 2012.

--- Budd Bailey

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.

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