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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Playbook's no-hitter pics (now with Cain!)

By Patrick Dorsey

Los Angeles Dodgers dejected
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 Cain
The 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-hitter
Catcher Jesus Montero, center, celebrates with teammates, including Wilhelmsen, left.

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

Johan Santana
Santana's no-hitter was the New York Mets' first-ever.

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

Jered Weaver
Weaver hugs wife Kristin after his historic night.

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

Philip Humber
Humber who? Humber the perfect-game pitcher, that's who.

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

Ervin Santana
Naturally, 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

Verlander
Alex 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 Liriano
Liriano 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 Halladay
Halladay 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 Garza
Garza'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 Jackson
Jackson, center, was rightfully surrounded by teammates after his big game.

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

Roy Halladay
Yep, 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 Braden
Braden doesn't want people on his mound, nor on his bases.

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

Ubaldo Jimenez
But 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 Wise
This perfect game needs two photos -- first this amazing, late catch from DeWayne Wise.
Mark Buehrle
... 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

Sanchez
Sanchez 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 Zambrano
The 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 Lester
Lester'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
... as was this one from Buchholz.

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

Verlander
Yep, we had seen Verlander on the no-hitter list before.

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

Mark Buehrle
This guy, too.

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

Anibal Sanchez
The first guy on this list, Sanchez is still getting it done for the Marlins (now Miami).
Source: Baseball-reference.com