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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Playbook Quiz: Name that No-Hitter Guy!

By Patrick Dorsey

Before he threw his perfect game Saturday, the Chicago White Sox's Philip Humber was more like "Philip Hu?"

And he's not the first one. Over the years, plenty of pitchers have come out of nowhere to throw no-nos (and in some cases, perfect games).

Think you might know some of them? Then take our photo quiz, and try to match the pics with these eight players who threw no-hitters: Len Barker, Dallas Braden, Joe Cowley, Tommy Greene, Jose Jimenez, Juan Nieves, Jonathan Sanchez and, well, you'll get the eighth one.

1.

Dallas Braden
2.

Nieves
3.

Jimenez
4.

Len Barker
5.

Sanchez
6.

Tommy Greene
7.

Joe Cowley
8.

Nolan Ryan & Robin Ventura
Answers:
1. Braden, Oakland (May 9, 2010, vs. Tampa Bay)
2. Nieves, Milwaukee (April 15, 1987, vs. Baltimore)
3. Jimenez, St. Louis (June 25, 1999, vs. Arizona)
4. Barker, Cleveland (May 15, 1981, vs. Toronto)
5. Sanchez, San Francisco (July 10, 2009, vs. San Diego)
6. Greene, Philadelphia (May 23, 1991, vs. Montreal)
7. Cowley, White Sox (September 19, 1986, vs. California)
8. Robin Ventura. OK, fine: It's seven-time no-hitter-thrower Nolan Ryan.