7,170 on Baker’s 1st-inning single

The Marlins’ Jeff Baker tags Eric Stults for a first-inning single, and the #Padres have gone 7,170 games without a #nohitter.

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7,169 on Crawford’s double

Padres no no-hitter No. 7,169 comes in the first on a Carl Crawford leadoff double.

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7,168 comes quickly

Leadoff hitter Carl Crawford drives a hard grounder by second for #Padres game 7,168 with no #nohitter.

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Padres no-no count up to 7,167 games

scoreboard7167Andrew Cashner yields a 2nd-inning Juan Uribe single for the #Padres 7,167th game without a #nohitter.

Sunday night’s Padres opener was actually Game No. 3 for the Dodgers, who opened up the season in Australia by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks two straight games.

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Royals claim Schuster, so much for four consecutive no-nos

The Kansas City Royals have claimed Patrick Schuster – the man who threw four consecutive no-hitters in high school – off waivers from the San Diego Padres.

Schuster, 23, had accomplished the feat while pitching for Mitchell High School in New Port Richey, Fla.

This spring, the lefty allowed two earned runs and 11 hits in eight innings of work (2.25 ERA). Schuster didn’t really have a shot at entering the rotation to see if he could accomplish a no-no at the Major League level, but he was looking to earn a spot in the bullpen.

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Wisler, Erlin could keep 5th spot warm for Josh Johnson

Padres manager Bud Black is telling MLB.com that Robbie Erlin or Matt Wisler could fill the fifth spot in the starting rotation as Josh Johnson heals from a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

Black says the 21-year-old Wisler has a lot of poise despite his age, and he brings a fastball in the low 90s that moves and a good breaking ball. Wisler will have to continue working on his change-up, he says.

Black says Erlin has been around the big leagues and has pitched in Fenway and Wrigley, so he’s capable of doing good things on a Major League field.

Johnson will likely be out for a month to six weeks.

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Astros pitcher throws mini-perfecto

The Houston Astros’ Jarred Cosart threw five innings of perfect baseball against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, striking out nine batters by mixing up a fastball in the 90s with a wicked breaking ball.

Houston’s Raul Valdes took the ball for the sixth inning but lost the no-hitter on a single by Nationals second-baseman Anthony Rendon.

Cosart last year went 1-1 with a 1.95 ERA with Houston last year.

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Happy 70th Cito Gaston

citogastonA happy 70th birthday to former Padres outfielder Cito Gaston, who in 1970 was put in to pinch hit for Clay Kirby by manager Preston Gomez despite Kirby having a no-hitter through eight innings.

San Diego was down 1-0 to the New York Mets at the time. Gaston struck out, reliever Jack Baldschun gave up a ninth-inning lead-off single to Bud Harrelson and the Mets rallied to pad their lead to 3-0, which would be the final score.

Gomez’s decision still haunts the Padres more than 43 years later as the team is still void of a no-no.

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Yankees no-hit in Spring Training

The Marlins have just accomlished something that no other Major League team can claim – they no-hit a team in the country of Panama.

Four Miami pitchers combined for the 5-0 no-no against the New York Yankees in a game in Panama City honoring former Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera.

Brad Hand threw the first five innings, striking out six while allowing a man to reach base on a hit batsman. Relievers Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Caminero closed out the game, never allowing a hit.

Stats on preseason no-hitters aren’t easy to find. I do know that two New York Mets pitchers combined for a Spring Training no-hitter in 1965, and the Mets wouldn’t see a real one until 37 years later. On March 21, 1965, Gary Kroll and GOrdy Richardson combined for a 6-0 no-no against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Count ready to start climbing

nohitters0Our Padres no no-no count is now functional and ready to climb to 7,167 unless someone can pull a Bob Feller against the L.A. Dodgers in 16 days.

Feller, a Hall of Famer who pitched for the Cleveland Indians, is the only hurler to have thrown a no-hitter on Opening Day.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer account of the April 16, 1940 accomplishment notes: “The incredible farm boy, starting his first baseball season since he became of age last November, fired his bullets past the Chicago White Sox for nine long innings as he led the Indians to a 1-0 victory in the inaugural of the 1940 campaign.”

Feller’s stellar career was interrupted by his service in World War II, but he managed to pitch three no-nos and 12 one-hitters. He threw for the Indians from 1936-1941 and 1945–1956.

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