Buehrle joins exclusive clubs with second no-no, perfect game

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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,
1922.

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.

Umpire ejects Adrian Beltre for moving on-deck circle

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As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider to get into the circle. So rather than step a few feet back to his right, Beltre picked up the circle and dragged it to where he was. And that got him ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis. Manager Jeff Banister was also ejected after having a word with Davis.

Here’s a video from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:

Beltre, by the way, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run. He’s now four hits away from 3,000 for his career.

Video: Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford hits an inside-the-park grand slam

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Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford’s stock has fallen sharply this season. He had an abysmal first three months, batting .203/.321/.276 in 291 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him the 12th overall prospect in baseball going into the season and rated him No. 92 in their midseason top 100. It was bad.

Since the calendar turned to July, however, Crawford has been more like his normal self. In 92 at-bats this month entering Wednesday night’s action, he was hitting .300/.391/.650 with six home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, and a terrific 15/12 K/BB ratio.

Crawford padded his stats more on Wednesday night as he circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. Via the IronPigs Twitter:

Crawford was actually dead-to-rights at home, but he fooled the catcher with a great late slide.

Crawford finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the slam on the night as the IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2.