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Angels’ Weaver pitches the 250th no-hitter in MLB history with 9-0 win over Twins

 

Jared Weaver (photo by Jason Wise via Getty Images courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Less than two weeks ago on April 21, Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw the first no-hitter of the 2012 baseball season against Seattle.

On Wednesday night, LA Angels ace pitcher Jared Weaver pitched the second no-hitter, overmatching the slumping Minnesota Twins, 9-0.

The Twins, who were swept by the Angels in a three-game series, was also shutout on Tuesday night by Jerome Williams in a 3-hitter as he retired 18 of the last 19 batters faced.

The flame-throwing Weaver struck out nine and walked one. He threw 121 pitches and kept the crowd of 27,288 in Anaheim on the edges of their seats once they saw the Twins could not muster anything close to a hit.

A product of nearby Long Beach State University, Weaver improves to 4-0.

The last out of the game was Alexi Casilla who flied out to right fielder Torii Hunter.

The 29-year-old pitched the second Angels no-hitter in less than a year, as teammate Ervin Santana hurled one last July 27 at Cleveland, and the 10th in the Angels history and the 250th in MLB history. Nolan Ryan threw four no-hitters for the Angels.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Los Angeles Angels news

Indians beat Angels behind the arm & bat of Lou Marson

Indians catcher Lou Marson hasn’t allowed his struggles at the plate hamper his reputation as a solid catcher.

Marson’s bat broke the game open in the sixth inning with his first career grand slam after Travis Hafner led off the inning with a tie-breaking homer that video replay upheld, as the Cleveland Indians beat the fading Los Angeles Angels, 6-1 Tuesday night.

Lou Marson leads Indians to victory (MLB)

The Angels lost for the 11th time in 15 games, keeping the three-time defending AL West champions 9 1/2 games behind division-leading Texas with 23 games left in the season.

Justin Masterson (6-12) allowed a run and six hits over seven innings with five strikeouts and two walks. The 6-foot-6 righthander from Jamaica in his last three starts, has allowed a total of three runs over 20 2/3 innings.

Lou Marson threw out Bobby Abreau and Torii Hunter trying to steal bases when the game was still very much undecided.

compiled from staff & Cleveland Indians news

LA Angels squeeze past Cleveland on Kendrick’s bunt single in 9th

compiled from staff and wire reports

Howie Kendrick (mlb)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim star Howie Kendrick has had only a handful of sacrifice bunts in 379 major league baseball games, four to be exact.

Wednesday afternoon, Kendrick shocked the Cleveland Indians and everyone else in Angels Stadium when he put down a bunt with two outs in the ninth inning to score Torii Hunter with the winning run as the Angels rallied for a 4-3 win.

The Angels, who generally lead the majors in bunt hits each season, began the game winning rally when Hunter used his speed to leg out a double  leading off the ninth inning against Joe Smith (o-1). Hidecki Matsui was walked intentionally and reliever Rafael Perez got Kendry Morales to ground into a double play, moving Hunter to third base.

An intentional walk to Juan Rivera set the stage for Kendrick’s shocking ending to a very closely played game.

Indians starter Jake Westbrook allowed three runs and four hits over six innings. The 32 -year-old right-hander is still looking for his first victory since undergoing Tommy John surgery on June 12, 2008, and sitting out the entire 2009 season. He is 0-2 with a 5.53 ERA in five starts this year.

Indians outfielder Austin Kearns finished the team’s 3-6 road trip batting 12 for 29 with 2 homers and 9 RBI’s.

Major League Baseball Notes

compiled from staff and wire reports

Andy Pettitte (mlb)

Andy Pettitte threw eight sharp innings, struck out eight and walked none. The two-time All-Star gave up his only run on Torii Hunter’s sacrifice fly in sixth inning. The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 7-1 on Saturday.

Joe Mauer (mlb)

Joe Mauer matched a career-high high with five hits in Minnesota’s 9-7 win in 12 innings over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Mauer, the 2009 AL MVP, finished 5 for 6 with two RBI’s, including a sacrifice fly in the 12th that gave Minnesota an insurance run.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-6 on Saturday. The Orioles fell to 2-16, losing their fifth straight game and 1oth in a row to the Red Sox.

Barry Zito (mlb)

Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants struck out 10 over eight innings as the Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-0 Saturday night.

Zito outpitched Adam Wainwright (3-1) to come out the winner in an impressive pitcher’s duel earning his first victory over the Cardinals after starting out 0-4 in his first five outings against them.

Pitching more and more like his Cy Young Award days from eight years ago with the Oakland A’s, Zito (3-0) allowed just 3 hits and walked three in the 114-pitch outing.

No Free Agency for Joe Mauer; will stay with Twins through 2018

compiled from staff and wire reports

Everybody connected with Major League Baseball, especially in the Twin Cities are of Minneapolis/St. Paul expected Joe Mauer to bolt the city for free agency like every other big-name Twins player over the years. But with a new ballpark getting ready to open, Twins management wasn’t about to let their most popular player leave for another team. Johan Santana and Torii Hunter have left for free agent millions elsewhere.

The Minnesota Twins and Joe Mauer agreed to extend his contract by $184 million and 8 years through 2018. The deal which will kick in for the 2011 season and goes through 2018, and includes a no-trade clause.

Joe Mauer Twins catcher (CC/WFE photo)

Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, had stated several times over the past months that negotiations would cease once the regular season began, and talks between the two sides picked up alot of momentum in advance of the deadline mandate.

The $184 million for 8 years deal is more than doubles the largest and richest contract ever for a catcher; Mike Piazza signed a $91 million, seven-year contract in 1999.

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