Playbook's no-hitter pics (now with Cain!)

June, 14, 2012
Los Angeles Dodgers dejectedOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images
In 2005, zero major league baseball pitchers threw no-hitters.

Since then -- including Wednesday night's perfect game from Matt Cain -- 22 no-hitters have been thrown.

We won't speculate as to why -- better pitching, lesser hitting, statistical anomaly, sun/scoreboard lights in lots of eyes.

We'll just show you shots from each no-hitter.

Matt Cain
San Francisco Giants -- vs. Houston Astros; June 13, 2012

Matt CainMissy Mikulecky/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesThe board says it all: Wednesday night's performance was a San Francisco first.
Seattle Mariners
Kevin Millwood, 6 IP; Charlie Furbush, 2/3 IP; Stephen Pryor, 1/3 IP; Lucas Luetge, 1/3 IP; Brandon League, 2/3 IP; Tom Wilhelmsen, 1 IP -- vs. Los Angeles Dodgers; June 8, 2012

Seattle Mariners combined no-hitterAP Photo/Elaine ThompsonCatcher Jesus Montero, center, celebrates with teammates, including Wilhelmsen, left.

Johan Santana
New York Mets -- vs. St. Louis Cardinals; June 1, 2012

Johan SantanaMike Stobe/Getty ImagesSantana's no-hitter was the New York Mets' first-ever.

Jered Weaver
Los Angeles Angels -- vs. Minnesota Twins; May 2, 2012

Jered WeaverJeff Gross/Getty ImagesWeaver hugs wife Kristin after his historic night.

Phil Humber
Chicago White Sox -- vs. Seattle Mariners; April 21, 2012 (perfect game)

Philip HumberOtto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesHumber who? Humber the perfect-game pitcher, that's who.

Ervin Santana
Los Angeles Angels -- vs. Cleveland Indians; July 27, 2011

Ervin Santana Eric P. Mull/US PresswireNaturally, Humber wasn't the first to feel the cool splash of no-hitter triumph.

Justin Verlander
Detroit Tigers -- vs. Toronto Blue Jays; May 7, 2011

VerlanderAP Photo/Darren CalabreseAlex Avila helps Verlander celebrate, but it wasn't the pitcher's first hit-free rodeo.

Francisco Liriano
Minnesota Twins -- vs. Chicago White Sox; May 3, 2011

Francisco LirianoAP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastLiriano posing in front of White Sox logos, just so you won't forget who he no-hit.

Roy Halladay
Philadelphia Phillies -- vs. Cincinnati Reds; October 6, 2010 (Game 1 of NLDS)

Roy HalladayHoward Smith/US PresswireHalladay and catcher Carlos Ruiz share a moment, but we might have seen this sight before ...

Matt Garza
Tampa Bay Rays -- vs. Detroit Tigers; July 26, 2010

Matt GarzaAP Photo/Mike CarlsonGarza's Rays had been no-hit far too much, so he had to do something about it.

Edwin Jackson
Arizona Diamondbacks -- vs. Tampa Bay Rays; June 25, 2010

Edwin JacksonAP Photo/Chris O'MearaJackson, center, was rightfully surrounded by teammates after his big game.

Roy Halladay
Philadelphia Phillies -- vs. Florida Marlins; May 29, 2010 (perfect game)

Roy HalladayAP Photo/Wilfredo LeeYep, Halladay and Ruiz had done the no-hitter celebration thing before.

Dallas Braden
Oakland Athletics -- vs. Tampa Bay Rays; May 9, 2010 (perfect game)

Dallas BradenJed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesBraden doesn't want people on his mound, nor on his bases.

Ubaldo Jimenez
Colorado Rockies -- vs. Atlanta Braves; April 17, 2010

Ubaldo JimenezAP Photo/Gregory SmithBut here's the real question: Would a no-hitter have felt even better at 5,280 feet?

Mark Buehrle
Chicago White Sox -- vs. Tampa Bay Rays; July 23, 2009 (perfect game)

DeWayne WiseJerry Lai/US PresswireThis perfect game needs two photos -- first this amazing, late catch from DeWayne Wise.
Mark BuehrleJerry Lai/US Presswire... and here's Buehrle's reaction. Years later, it's still a wow.

Jonathan Sanchez
San Francisco Giants -- vs. San Diego Padres; July 10, 2009

SanchezMissy Mikulecky/Getty ImagesSanchez might not be a household name, but he sure put Padres hitters down on this night.

Carlos Zambrano
Chicago Cubs -- vs. Houston Astros; September 14, 2008

Carlos ZambranoNuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCTThe fiery Zambrano celebrated extra after this neutral-site no-hitter (Miller Park in Milwaukee).

Jon Lester
Boston Red Sox -- vs. Kansas City Royals; May 19, 2008

Jason Varitek and Jon LesterJim Rogash/Getty ImagesLester's no-hitter was one of four catcher Jason Varitek received in his career.

Clay Buchholz
Boston Red Sox -- vs. Baltimore Orioles; September 1, 2007

Clay Buchholz AP Photo/Winslow Townson... as was this one from Buchholz.

Justin Verlander
Detroit Tigers -- vs. Milwaukee Brewers; June 12, 2007

VerlanderAP Photo/Duane BurlesonYep, we had seen Verlander on the no-hitter list before.

Mark Buehrle
Chicago White Sox -- vs. Texas Rangers; April 18, 2007

Mark BuehrleRon Vesely/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesThis guy, too.

Anibal Sanchez
Florida Marlins -- vs. Arizona Diamondbacks; September 6, 2006

Anibal SanchezAP Photo/Wilfredo LeeThe first guy on this list, Sanchez is still getting it done for the Marlins (now Miami).
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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