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Happy 32nd birthday, Anibal Sánchez

Happy 32nd birthday to the Detroit Tigers’ Anibal Sánchez, who threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins in 2006.

On Wednesday, September 6, 2006, Sánchez no-hit the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 2-0 win at Pro Player Stadium. His feat broke the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of number of games played, with the games between Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game and Sánchez’s 2006 no-no reaching 6,364.

Sanchez nearly had a second no-hitter for the Tigers last season.

On July 3, 2015, Sánchez took a no-no against the Toronto Blue Jays into the eighth inning, but former Tiger Ezequiel Cabrera broke up the bid with a one-out single to left field. The Blue Jays went on to score six runs in the inning, but the Tigers held on an 8-6 victory.

(Featured image Dolphin Stadium by Richard Lopez, cropped, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0)