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Rays get nothing in perfect game by King Felix



  As much as they've struggled offensively this season, it seemed like only a matter of time until the Rays got no-hit.
  Wednesday, Seattle's Felix Hernandez did it to them.
   And made it a perfect game at that, in a 1-0 final.
  The Rays didn't come all that close to a hit. Sam Fuld flied to deep right-center to start the game and lined to third in the fourth. Evan Longoria also lined out, to second in the fifth. Sean Rodriguez was called out looking for the final out.
  Hernandez struck out 12 whule throwing 113 pitches. He went to only two three-ball counts.
   The Rays became the first team in MLB history to have three regular-season perfect games thrown against them. It was the 23rd perfect game in MLB history.
  Rays manager Joe Maddon was ejected in the seventh inning, after complaining about a strike call on Matt Joyce with two outs. Maddon was tossed by home plate umpire Rob Drake, then bounded out of the dugout to argue with him and, after Drake walked away, crew chief Joe West. It was Maddon's second ejection of the season.
  It was the third perfect game thrown against the Rays, following Chicago's Mark Buehrle, on July 23, 2009, and Oakland's Dallas Braden, on May 9, 2010. Overall, it was the fifth time they'd been no-hit, last on June 25, 2010 by former teammate Edwin Jackson (then with Arizona) and on April 27, 2002, by Boston's Derek Lowe.
   Jeremy Hellickson pitched well for the Rays in defeat, allowing a run in the third on a two-out single by Jesus Montero, scoring Brendan Ryan, who singled, and moved from first to third by stealing on what turned out to be a wild pitch.
  It was the first no-hitter for Hernandez, the 26-year-old who won the 2010 Cy Young Award.

[Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 12:40am]


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