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BAILEY THROWS NO-HITTER
From Elias: Homer Bailey pitched a no-hitter Friday night against the Pirates. Pittsburgh had at least one hit in each of its previous 6,541 games, the third-longest current streak of its kind for any major-league team, behind the Cubs (7,496 including Friday night) and Cincinnati (6,603 including Friday night). The last time the Pirates failed to get a hit in a game was Aug. 14, 1971 when they were blanked by Bob Gibson.
Bailey is the second pitcher in major-league history to pitch a no-hitter for a team that had already clinched a postseason berth. Ray Washburn threw a no-hitter for the Cardinals on Sept. 18, 1968 (the day after the Giants' Gaylord Perry had no-hit the Cardinals), after the Cardinals had already clinched the National League pennant. Honorable mention goes to the A's on Sept. 28, 1975, when Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers combined to no-hit the Angels after Oakland had won the A.L. West.
Six of the last 13 no-hitters have ended with a 1-0 score: Roy Halladay in 2010, Edwin Jackson in 2010, Francisco Liriano in 2011, Seattle's combined no-hitter this season and Felix Hernandez this season were the others to do that.
This was the first no-hitter thrown at PNC Park. There was never a no-hitter thrown at the Pirates' longtime ancestral home, Forbes Field, where they played from 1909 to 1970.
ONLY SOX HIT WAS A BUNT SINGLE TO LEADOFF THE GAME
From Elias: The only hit Baltimore pitchers allowed on Friday night was a bunt single by Scott Podsednik to lead off the first inning. The last player to get his only team's hit on a bunt single to lead off a game was Cesar Tovar for the Twins at Washington on Aug. 13, 1970. Tovar's bunt single was the only hit off the Senators' Dick Bosman, who outdueled Jim Kaat. Kaat allowed only five hits in a 1-0 Washington win, in a game that took only 2:02 to play.
ORIOLES ROOKIE HITS FIRST-INNING SLAM
From Elias: Rookie Ryan Flaherty hit a first-inning grand slam as the Orioles cruised to victory over the Red Sox. Flaherty is the first Orioles rookie to hit a grand slam in the opening frame since Fritz Connally hit one off Seattle's Matt Young at the Kingdome on May 17, 1985. Connally's slam scored Cal Ripken, Jr., Eddie Murray and Fred Lynn.
BUEHRLE AND CY
From Elias: Mark Buehrle threw eight solid innings for the Marlins, lifting his total to 202 1/3 innings pitched this season. Buehrle has pitched at least 200 innings and has not allowed more than 61 walks in any of those seasons. (This season, he has allowed only 40 walks.) Only one other pitcher in major-league history has pitched at least 200 innings in 12 straight seasons with fewer than 65 walks in each of them: Cy Young himself did it for 13 seasons in a row from 1897 through 1909.
50 WINS FOR OAKLAND ROOKIE PITCHERS
From Elias: A.J. Griffin earned the win for the Athletics in their win over the Mariners, the 50th win of the season by an Oakland rookie pitcher. Only two other teams over the last 100 years got 50 or more wins in a season from rookie pitchers: the 1952 Dodgers (51), led by Joe Black (15 wins), and the 2006 Marlins (50), led by Josh Johnson (12) and Scott Olsen (12).
From Elias: Russell Martin hit his 20th home run of the season, all as a catcher, and it was the key blow in the Yankees' victory at Toronto. Martin is the eighth player to hit at least 20 home runs as a catcher this season, the most in major-league history. The previous high was seven players with at least 20 home runs as a catcher, in both 1993 and 1996.
GIRARDI MATCHES MCCARTHY
From Elias: Joe Girardi has won 475 games as the manager of the Yankees (in regular-season play), matching Joe McCarthy (475 wins, 1931-1935) for third-most in franchise history through a manager's first five seasons with the team. The highest regular-season wins total for a Yankees manager over his first five seasons with the club is 487, by both Casey Stengel (1949-1953) and Joe Torre (1996-2000). (Prior to 1961, of course, teams played a 154-game schedule, rather than the current 162-game slate.)
TROUT HITS FIFTH LEADOFF HOME RUN OF THE SEASON
From Elias: Mike Trout led off the game with a home run for the Angels, his fifth leadoff home run of the season. That's the second-most leadoff home runs in a season by a rookie in American League history. Nomar Garciaparra hit seven leadoff home runs for the Red Sox as a rookie in 1997. Garciaparra was the unanimous winner of the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award that season.
WEAVER IS 20-4
From Elias: Jered Weaver improved to 20-4 with his win over the Rangers. Weaver is only the fourth American League pitcher since 2000 with four or fewer losses at the time of his 20th win. Roger Clemens did it for the Yankees in 2001 (20-1), Pedro Martinez for the Red Sox in 2002 (20-4) and Cliff Lee for the Indians in 2008 (2008).
MOLINA HAS HIT FIVE HOMERS IN SEPTEMBER
From Elias: Yadier Molina hit a home run for the Cardinals in their win over the Nationals. It was Molina's fifth home run in September, the most he has ever hit in a calendar month in his major-league career.
DUDA TAKES HUDSON DEEP LATE
From Elias: Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the seventh inning off Tim Hudson was the big hit in the Mets' win over the Braves. The home run came on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. The last player to hit a home run that late into an at-bat against Hudson was Craig Monroe on May 14, 2003. Monroe's homer came on pitch No. 13.
Duda had only 10 hits over his previous 64 at-bats in the seventh inning or later for the Mets (that's a .156 late-innings batting average, dating back to June 13), with no home runs and only three runs batted in. But maybe there was some payback involved when he connected against Hudson, who had hit Duda with pitches three times in only 23 previous confrontations.
BIG IMPROVEMENT FOR RIOS
From Elias: Alex Rios improved his batting average to .301 after his 3-for-4 performance against the Rays. Rios batted only .227 last season, and his increase of 74 points is the largest increase from 2011 to 2012 for any player who qualified for the batting title both seasons.
KERSHAW EARNS CAREER WIN No. 60
From Elias: Clayton Kershaw improved his career record to 60-37. Only two Dodgers pitchers in the last 50 years registered 60 career victories before suffering 40 defeats: Doug Rau (60-37) and Orel Hershiser (60-38).
SCUTARO HAS A HIT AND A RUN IN NINE STRAIGHT GAMES
From Elias: Marco Scutaro has had a hit and a run scored in each of his last nine games. That's the longest such streak for a Giants player since Barry Bonds did it in nine straight games in April 2004.