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Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2001

American League Roundup: Nomo tosses no-no

Boston pitcher shuts down Baltimore in 3-0 victory

April 5, 2001

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— Another no-no for Hideo Nomo.

Nomo became the fourth pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in both leagues, using his unique hesitation windup and a brilliant mix of offspeed pitches and high heat in Boston's 3-0 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday night.

"I felt pretty good throughout the game," Nomo said through an interpreter after his spectacular debut for the Red Sox. "As I was going into the ninth inning, I was not nervous."

Second baseman Mike Lansing saved the no-hitter when he made a back-handed, tumbling catch of Mike Bordick's soft looper to center field for the second out of the ninth inning.

Two pitches later, Delino DeShields lofted a routine fly to left field that Troy O'Leary caught for the final out. Nomo was lifted up by catcher Jason Varitek and mobbed by his new teammates as O'Leary ran in to give the right-hander the ball.

"I've always heard what a horse Nomo is and he really proved that tonight," Varitek said. "He got stronger and his fastball got better as the game went on. His fastball is what made it tonight. He was phenomenal tonight."

The 32-year-old Japanese pitcher, who threw the first no-hitter in Colorado's Coors Field on Sept. 17, 1996, for Los Angeles, walked three and struck out 11 in a 110-pitch outing for the first no-hitter in the 10-year history of Camden Yards.

Nomo joined Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers with no-hitters in both leagues.

The start of the game was delayed 43 minutes by a power outage. Brian Daubach hit two home runs off loser Sidney Ponson.

Blue Jays 11,

Devil Rays 8

St. Petersburg, Fla. Carlos Delgado hit three home runs and had four RBIs to lead the Blue Jays. Raul Mondesi's two-run homer off Ken Hill (0-1) snapped a 8-8 ninth-inning tie, and Delgado added his second solo shot of the game four pitches later.

Delgado, who hit .344 with 41 homers and 137 RBIs last season, also homered off Tanyon Sturtze and Doug Creek. It was the third three-homer game of Delgado's career and overshadowed the longest home run in Tropicana Field history, a 478-foot drive by Tampa Bay's Vinny Castilla, who went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs.

Reliever Paul Quantrill (1-0) pitched two innings for the win.

Indians 8, White Sox 4

Cleveland Chuck Finley pitched into the seventh inning, and Russell Branyan homered as the Indians beat the White Sox in front of the first non-sellout crowd in nearly six years at Jacobs Field. For the first time since June 7, 1995, Jacobs Field was not sold out as the Indians' major league record of consecutive sellouts ended at 455 games. Finley gave up four runs and seven hits in 613 innings. Roberto Alomar had three hits and Branyan connected for his second homer.

Mariners 10, Athletics 2

Seattle Aaron Sele pitched six strong innings and the Mariners used a seven-run sixth inning to beat the Athletics.

Edgar Martinez went 3-for-4, including a two-run single. Martinez was 8-for-10 in the three-game series with four walks and three RBIs. The Mariners won two of three in the season-opening series against the defending AL West champions.

Sele (1-0) gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings. Seattle sent 11 batters up against Gil Heredia (0-1), Jeff Tam and Mark Guthrie to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth.

Rangers 7, Angels 3

Arlington, Texas Andres Galarraga hit his first AL home run and Darren Oliver pitched five shutout innings for the Rangers. Galarraga's three-run homer off loser Pat Rapp in the bottom of the fifth put the Rangers ahead 6-0.

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