Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Francisco Liriano Throws A No-No

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KUDOS to Minnesota Twins starter Francisco Liriano on throwing the first no-hitter of the 2011 season. Liriano, who is a survivor of the dreaded Tommy John surgery, threw the 7th no-hitter in the history of the Minnesota Twins/Washington Senators franchise. And yes, the Twins were once the Senators.

Remarkably, not only was this Liriano's first no-hitter but also his first career complete game and shutout. Go figure.

Here are some other fun facts about Liriano's no-hitter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau--

1. Liriano's 9.13 ERA entering the start is the highest in major league history for any pitcher who threw a no-hitter.
2. His opposing pitcher was Edwin Jackson who threw a no-hitter last year. This is the first time in major league history that a pitcher throws a no-hitter against an opposing pitcher who threw one the year before.
3. Liriano, who is left-handed, became only the second lefty to no-hit the White Sox in Chicago. The other was Jesse Tannehill of the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) in 1904. Wow! I guess sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.
4. Liriano is the 5th pitcher from the Dominican Republic to throw a no-hitter. The other 4 are: HOF Juan Marichal (1963); Ramon Martinez [Pedro's brother] (1995); Jose Jimenez (1999) and Ubaldo Jimenez (2010).

Very interesting stuff. I have to hand it to the Elias Sports Bureau, they are the best at what they do.

As for Liriano-- good for him! The 2010 AL Comeback Player of the Year has proven that Tommy John isn't the end of the world. Just ask him and, well, Tommy John. Are you listening Stephen Strasburg?

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