Happy 35th birthday to the Washington Nationals’ Anibal Sánchez, who threw a no-hitter for the Florida Marlins as a rookie 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 in 2015. 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.