Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cleveland Indians

Ervin Santana no-hits the Indians


UPDATE:  He did it!  Ervin Santana throws a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians!

The one run allowed aside — unearned, of course — Santana was highly effective, striking out ten, flashing some electric stuff.  It was his 11th career start against the Indians — the team against whom he made his debut — and it was his first-ever win against them.  The final out came on a Michael Brantley fly to center.

Santana’s was the first Angels no-hitter since Mark Langston and Mike Witt combined to no-hit Seattle on April 11, 1990. It was the ninth overall in franchise history. Four of them were by Nolan Ryan, natch.

Congratulations Ervin Santana!

UPDATE: Hmm, forgot the no-hitter the Angels lost to the Dodgers back in 2008!  That was a combined job too, with Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo doing the hard work and getting no support for it.

2:10PM:  Make that a no-no through eight.  Santana is three outs away.

2:00PM: The Indians and the Angels got underway early and are into the top of the eighth inning at this writing.  Through seven, Angels starter Ervin Santana has no-hit the Indians.

It’s not a perfect game. And actually, by virtue of an error, some small ball and a wild pitch, it’s not even a shutout.  But Santana hasn’t allowed a hit yet and the Angels lead 2-1.  We’ll let you know if that changes.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

Joe Girardi
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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki
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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.