Sunday, February 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Reds' Bailey no-hits Giants

CINCINNATI — Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Reds to a 3-0 victory over the Giants on Tuesday night.

Bailey became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 on Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.

"Every dog has its day twice, I guess," Bailey said. "It felt good to do it front of the Cincinnati fans."

The last pitcher to throw one no-hitter and then another before anyone else in the majors accomplished the feat was Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.

Justin Verlander, Mark Buehrle and Roy Halladay are the other active pitchers with a pair of no-hitters.

Gregor Blanco walked leading off the seventh, the only Giant to reach base. First baseman Joey Votto threw out Blanco as he tried to advance from second to third on a soft one-hopper that otherwise could have become an infield single for Buster Posey.

"Joey had a great heads-up play," Bailey said.

With 27,509 fans on their feet chanting "Homer! Homer!" Bailey finished it off in the ninth. He jumped to glove Brandon Crawford's high comebacker, struck out Tony Abreu and retired Blanco on a grounder to third baseman Todd Frazier.

"Going into the eighth and ninth I said, 'Why the hell not?' Here we go again," Bailey said.

When Votto caught the throw for the final out, Bailey raised both arms in triumph, then hugged catcher Ryan Hanigan. Teammates poured onto the field to celebrate and doused Bailey with a red sports drink.

"It was a pretty easy no-hitter," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He was really overmatching us all night."

It was the 16th no-hitter in Cincinnati history. No Reds pitcher had thrown a no-hitter at home since Tom Browning's 1-0 perfect game against the Dodgers on Sept. 16, 1988.

A-Rod hitless, happy: Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 for the Charleston RiverDogs in his first game since left hip surgery in January. Rodriguez played three innings at third for the Single-A affiliate and came out after taking strike three to end the third inning. He grounded into a double play in the first. "I'm just happy to be back playing," he said. "I feel like a kid again." Rodriguez expects to play again tonight. He believes he'll need all 20 days of rehabilitation games to prepare for his return to the Yankees.

Around MLB: An umpire was recently dismissed for what was believed to be the first known drug ouster among umps, the Associated Press reported. MLB announced June 14 that Brian Runge was no longer on the staff and that a Triple-A umpire had been promoted, giving no reason. Runge, whose grandfather Ed and father Paul were also umpires, couldn't be reached; Joe West, president of the umpires union, declined comment. … The Cubs dealt starting right-hander Scott Feldman to the Orioles and traded closer Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers for right-handed reliever Matt Guerrier. Chicago got right-handers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop and two international signing bonus slots from Baltimore for Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger. … Former outfielder Milton Bradley was sentenced to 960 days in jail and 400 hours of community service. Police said Bradley, 35, threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012, once when she asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their children. He played 11 years with the Dodgers, Expos, Indians, Athletics, Padres, Rangers, Cubs and Mariners.

Braves: Centerfielder B.J. Upton left after two innings with left forearm spasms.

Tigers: Right-hander Anibel Sanchez (strained right shoulder) will come off the DL Saturday to start at Cleveland.

Twins: Slugger Josh Willingham went on the 15-day DL with a torn meniscus in his left knee, depleting an already thin outfield. Aaron Hicks was recalled from Triple-A Rochester. Minnesota visits the Rays in a four-game series starting Monday.

White Sox: Former DH Jim Thome was named special assistant to GM Rick Hahn.

Defection? Cuban RHP Odrisamer Despaigne reportedly defected in Paris. Communist Party newspaper Granma said Despaigne, 26, abandoned the national team en route to a tournament in the Netherlands.

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