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Tigers’ Verlander just misses third no-hitter; one-hits Pirates in 6-0 win


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Detroit Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander pitched a terrific game at Comerica Park on Friday night.

The 29-year-old righthander came within two outs of his third no-hitter, allowing only one hit, Josh Harrison’s ninth-inning single in a 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Entering the ninth inning, Verlander had only thrown 95 pitches. He got ahead of Harrison with 1 out and a 1-2 breaking ball which was hit for a soft liner up the middle which shortstop Jhonny Peralta could not get to.

Verlander, now 5-1 on the season, threw the sixth career shutout, his 16th complete game and the 51st straight regular-season start where he pitched at least six innings.

The 29-year-old Virginia native, the 2011 American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, has a career record of 112-58 with a 3.47 ERA and 1,283 strikeouts.

Verlander has two no-hitters in his career: June 12, 2007 against Milwaukee and May 7, 2011 vs. Toronto.



Info compiled from Detroit Tigers & Major League Baseball news




Indians lose 16-inning, 5-hour marathon Opening Day game to Toronto


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Thursday’s Opening Day game epitomized many things.

Toronto utility player Omar Vizquel, a former Cleveland Indians star, played in left field and at first base, two positions he rarely ever plays.

But after all, if Indians closer Chris Perez had closed out a 4-1 lead 2 1/2 hours earlier, there would never have been a 5-hour, 14-minute, 16-inning affair nor would Vizquel have played those two positions.

The Indians lost 7-4 to the Blue Jays which is now the longest game in Opening Day history in Major League Baseball.

With about 5,000 fans left in stands at Progressive Field, Toronto won the game in the 16th on a three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia.

The Tribe wasted a great pitching performance by improving right-hander, Justin Masterson, who was cruising along with a 4-1 lead in eight innings and 10 strikeouts.



POST-GAME NOTEBOOK: Columbus Crew 2 Montreal Impact 0


Columbus Crew Stadium. Columbus, Ohio

65 degrees

cloudy skies

Time of game: 1:58

Goals: Columbus, 30th minute, Milovan Mirosevic and 66th minute, Olman Vargas.

Records: Crew (1-1-0), Impact (0-2-1).

Saves: Andy Gruenebaum 6 (winner), Donovan Ricketts 7 (loser).



*The Impact are the 19th MLS team.

* They are the third Canadian team along with Toronto & Vancouver.

* One former Columbus Crew on the team in Josh Gardner.

* Jesse Marsch, a former MLS player is the head coach.

* 3 former Akron Zips soccer players are on the team; Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Zarek Valentin and Evan Bush.

* Evan Bush was born in raised in Concord Township in Ohio.

* Director of soccer operations Matt Jordan was an MLS goalkeeper for two seasons in Columbus with the Crew. In the middle of 2004, helping the team win the Eastern Conference championship and the MLS Supporters’ Shield.

Olympic Stadium, former home of the Expos, will be the Impact's home until their stadium is done. (2006 photo by Tolivero via wikipedia commons)

* The Impact will play their home games at Olympic Stadium, which seats 66,308. It is the former home of the 1976 Olympic Games and MLB’s defunct Montreal Expos, who are now the Washington Nationals. For their first home game against the Chicago Fire, the Impact had over 60,000 fans.

* The Impact use a 4-4-2 alignment.

* The team’s only goal in history to date has been off the foot of captain Davy Arnaud, who scored in the 56th minute of its match against Chicago, a 1-1 tie. Arnaud took a Sanna Nyassi cross and knocked it into the upper right corner of the Fire’s net.


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* The Crew are 6-1-2 vs. Canadian teams overall.

* Crew Stadium will be 13 years old in May 2012.

* Crew captain Chad Marshall made history in the season opener in Colorado. He became the third Columbus Crew player ever to make 200 appearances with the franchise. He joins Jeff Cunningham (203) and Mike Clark (221) who have played more games than any other with the Crew.

The 27-year-old Marshall will have plenty of time to catch those players.

* The Crew honored the NCAA Division III National Champion Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops at halftime of FIRST KICK 2012. OWU WENT 23-2 en route to winning their second men’s soccer title in school history.

Crew Soccer Academy product Travis Wall led the team with 19 goals and 15 assists, including a goal in the 2-1 win over Calvin College on December 5, to win the title.

* The Crew uses a 4-5-1 alignment on the field.

Milovan Mirosevic scored his first goal of season

Olman Vargas scored an insurance goal

Andy Gruenebaum in a rare start shows he's a capable goalkeeper, shutting out Montreal












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Acta chooses Masterson to start Indians opener on April 5


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Indians right-hander Justin Masterson said that he is very much honored to be chosen “to set the tone for the season” as the opening day starter on April 5 against Toronto.

Most MLB experts figured that Cleveland’s supposed staff ace Ubaldo Jimenez would get the nod due to his experience.

Manager Manny Acta chose Masterson because he was Cleveland’s most consistent starter in 2011, going 12-10 with a 3.21 ERA in 33 starts. He won his first five starts of the season and set a career-high in wins and led Cleveland in ERA, strikeouts, starts and innings pitched.

Overall in his career, Masterson is 28-28 with an ERA of 3.92 and 485 strikeouts.

Masterson is a graduate of Beavercreek High School in Beavercreek, Ohio which is located between Fairborn and Xenia in Greene County. With Beavercreek, he was a pitcher, catcher and first baseman.


Info compiled from Cleveland Indians, MLB & Beavercreek High School

GAME REVIEW: Columbus Blue Jackets 2 St. Louis Blues 1



49 608 David Perron St. Louis LW He did hit puck into net in 3rd period with his hand

49 609 David Perron St. Louis LW Tough Road loss for a playoff contender

49 610 Barret Jackman St. Louis Def. Nothing went right, CBJ outplayed them

49 611 Barret Jackman St. Louis Def. Did Blues take Jackets lightly


49 606 James Wisniewski CBJ Def With himself, Nash & Carter playing together, team has played well this month

49 607 James Wisniewski CBJ Def His key 1st period block of puck near the open goal

49 599 Steve Mason CBJ goalie The game-ending play where a Blues player pushed puck into net with his glove no goal

49 601 Steve Mason CBJ goalie On a key play by Def James Wisniewski to knock a puck away from an empty net in 1st period

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Usually when the Columbus Blue Jackets have to depend on a play behind reversed by the NHL’s video replay officials in Toronto, its usually bad news. But on Tuesday night, they got the call that all 12,245 fans in Nationwide Arena thought when the play occured, NO GOAL!

It was the final 1.8 seconds of the game and the St. Louis Blues were trying to tie the game up at 2-2.

Blue left winger David Perron scored on the play when he fell down and lost his stick and pushed the puck past CBJ goalie Steve Mason who he was laying on top of and the red lamp behind the goal was lit and the official gave the goal sign.

But the video replay showed that it was not a goal and the Blue Jackets, who have been playing well this month, beat the team they have trouble with, St. Louis, 2-1.

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With the win, Mason won his 84th career game in a Columbus uniform, tying the record set by Marc Denis.

The Blue Jackets received goals from James Wisniewski and Derek Dorsett.

The Blues lone goal was scored by Jeff Backes.


* CBJ RW Derek Dorsett, scored the game-winner and set the tone early.

* CBJ Defenseman James Wisniewski, saved a goal and scored one.

* CBJ goalie Steve Mason, had 31 saves and showed how he can play when sharp.


* Columbus is 4-2-0 in their last six games after being 4-15-2 the previous 21 games.

* Columbus has power play goals in six-straight games after going 1-for-4 with the man advantage in the game. The team is 8-for-27 for 29.6 percent in the last six games after going 4-for-12 for 9.5 percent the previous 17 games.

* The Blue Jackets allowed the first goal of the game for the 33rd time this season. The team is 6-25-2 in those games, while going 8-16-4 when tied after the first period and 3-6-3 when tied after two periods.

* The Blue Jackets are now 24-29-13 against St. Louis all-time, including a 16-11-6 at Nationwide Arena.





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