Jays' Romero pitches within six outs of no-hitter

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romero throwing.JPGToronto left-hander Ricky Romero put on a show this evening at the Rogers Centre, tossing seven innings of no-hit baseball before grazing White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski with an inside pitch and allowing a two-run homer to Alex Rios in the top of the eighth inning.  In all, Chicago managed just one hit on Romero over eight superb innings.

The 25-year-old southpaw also pitched well in his 2010 debut last week against the Rangers and owns a 1.80 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 16/4 K/BB ratio through 15 innings (two starts) this season.  A former first-round pick, Romero has all the talent in the world and a strong arsenal of pitches.  Finally, he’s starting to put it all together.

The Blue Jays are off to a 6-2 start and currently sit atop the American League East standings.

He gone! Hawk Harrelson called his last game yesterday

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Ken Harrelson has been broadcasting for decades but yesterday was his last one. As of today the Hawk has hung up his mic and entered retirement. He gone!

Harrelson, 77, who played in the majors for nine seasons with the A’s, Red Sox, Indians and Senators and led the AL in RBI in 1968. He was also the White Sox’ general manager for a single season in the mid-80s. That didn’t go well — he famously fired Tony La Russa and Dave Dombrowski and traded away a young Bobby Bonilla, but his career as a broadcaster went swimmingly.

Harrelson served as a Red Sox broadcaster from 1975 through 1981. Despite his reputation as an unrepentant homer for his White Sox — who he called “the good guys,” as opposed to the “bad guys” playing them — he was actually fired as a Red Sox broadcaster for being critical of ownership. He then embarked on his first stint with the White Sox before his move into the front office, worked as a Yankees broadcaster from 1987-88 and worked games for NBC’s Game of the Week in the mid-1980s as well. He then returned to call games for the White Sox in 1990 and the rest is history.

Hawk will still be a team ambassador for Chicago so he not totally gone, but the White Sox broadcast booth is entering a new era.