1. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander throws a no-hitter. Verlander threw the second no-no of the season, following in the footsteps (literally) of Minnesota Twins ace Francisco Liriano who threw one only 4 days earlier. This was Verlander's second career no-hitter and the 7th in Tiger's history. Ironically, Liriano also threw the 7th in the Twins/Senators history. Verlander is only the second Tiger's pitcher ever to throw multiple no-hitters. He now shares the honor with Virgil Trucks who threw 2 no-hitters for the Tigers in 1952. Let's hope that the 2 no-hitters is the only stat Verlander shares with Trucks as Trucks finished the 1952 campaign with a 5-19 record despite throwing those two no-hitters. Go figure!
1. The Tampa Bay Rays are officially tied for 1st place in the AL East with the New York Yankees. The Rays, at 20-14, are smokin' hot since their 0-6 start and are proving to all wannabe experts, including me, that it's easy to sit behind a computer and talk trash when it's the guys on the field who run the show. Good for them!
1. The Baltimore Orioles, after their great 5-1 start, are now 14-19 and dead-last in the AL East. I guess they came back from their vacation in "Cloud Nine Island" and are back to being, well, the Baltimore Orioles.
2. Ozzie and the closer-less Chicago White Stockings have officially erased the word "closer" from the baseball dictionary. I guess that's what they get for running long time closer Bobby Jenks out of town and not making a move for a legit closer during the off-season (i.e. Rafael Soriano). At 14-22, the White Sox have payed a heavy price for that bumbling move so far. On new cl**** Sergio Santos, Ozzie said, "We are going to give him a shot to close again. But in the meanwhile, I cannot name him or give him the title." Huh????
And FINALLY-- The Ugly
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To be continued....