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Position: OF      Born: Dec 22, 1976      Bats: Right      Throws: Left

The former sixth-round pick of the Astros caught the final out in Game Six of the 2005 NLCS to send Houston to the World Series for the first time in their history. That highlighted a career that seemed to be going well when his power stroke suddenly left him and he faded quickly from the majors.

After short call-ups with Houston in 2002 and 2003, Lane hit .270 with four homers as a bench player in 2004. The next year, he got his chance to be a regular and responded with a career year of 26 homers and 78 RBIs to go with a .267 average as he became a key piece on a pennant-winning team. He added 15 homers the next year but hit just .201.

The next season, he was dealt to San Diego after a slow start and was unable to continue in the majors.

He labored in the minors for a few years, then reinvented himself as a pitcher for the independent Sugar Land Skeeters in 2012 and 2013, right under the Astros' noses, then was picked up by the Padres' AAA affiliate, and at age 37 he pitched three games for the big league club in 2014.

For his seven-year MLB career as a position player, Lane hit .241 with 61 homers. In the postseason, he hit .258 with four bombs. In three pitching outings for San Diego, including one start, he posted an 0.87 ERA over 10.1 innings.