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Justin Verlander throws third no-hitter

Justin Verlander had a game for the history books.

The Houston Astros pitcher’s already-storied career saw another highlight etched into it this weekend when the 36-year-old hurler threw a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays, winning 2-0. The game missed perfection by just a single walk, issued to Cavan Biggio in just the second at-bat of the contest, but there’s no mistaking the dominance – Verlander struck out 14 along the way. The no-hitter marked his third, and his first since his 2011 MVP/Cy Young-winning season with the Detroit Tigers.

Throwing a no-hitter in the big leagues is a big deal – there have only been just over 300 such games in MLB history, counting combined no-hitters. Throwing two is even more rare – fewer than 40 pitchers in the game’s storied past have ever managed multiple no-hitters.

Three? Three is when you get to the truly rarified air – air now being breathed deeply by Justin Verlander.

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Seattle ace throws 2012's sixth no-hitter and third perfect game

A couple of months ago, I wrote in these pages that 2012 had a chance to be 'The Year of the No-Hitter.' To that point, five no-hit games including two perfect games had been thrown in the majors this season. I proposed that this would be the year that set the new modern standard for most no-hitters in a season, breaking the record of seven set in both 1990 and 1991.

As one might expect with my track record of poor prognostication, the no-hitters promptly stopped happening. Until now.

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez brought the no-hitters record back into play last week when he pitched the 23rd perfect game in major league history against the Tampa Bay Rays, striking out 12 batters along the way.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:06

2012: The year of the no-hitter?

One of the great things about great sports moments is that you never know when you're going to get one. Or more than one.

In 1990 and 1991, major league baseball saw an unprecedented number of no-hitters. Each season saw seven; a number unmatched in the entirety of the game's modern era and surpassed only once in baseball's entire history (In 1884, the age of spitballs and a mound just 50 feet away, there were eight). That two-year period represented a spike of pitching dominance that was unlike anything baseball had ever seen.

2012 has a chance to be another one of those spikes. Maybe the biggest ever. So far this season (and bear in mind there are still roughly 100 games to go), there have been five no-hitters two of them perfect games.

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