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.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.
The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.
Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.
In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.