Mark Buehrle has led the AL in hits allowed three times and finished in
the top five a total of six times, yet he now has two no-hitters to his
credit after his perfect game Thursday against the Rays.
Buehrle joined a group of 23 other pitchers with multiple
no-hitters. The only two to do it since Nolan Ryan retired were Randy
Johnson and Hideo Nomo. He was the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game
and first since Johnson five years ago. The only other White Sox
pitcher to throw a perfect game was Charlie Robertson on April 30,
Buehrle’s other no-hitter came against the Rangers on Apr. 18, 2007.
Just like in this one, he faced the minimum 27 batters then. He walked
Sammy Sosa in the fifth, only to pick him off first base.
Those two games are the only shutouts he’s had in the last four
seasons. Besides the two no-hitters, he does have a one-hitter to his
credit, that coming against the Rays on Aug. 3, 2001.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.