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Mariners still feeling buzz after no-hitter

SEATTLE — Still giddy from one unlikely no-hitter, Seattle C Jesus Montero went around the clubhouse on Saturday searching for autographs.

Montero printed pictures of the six pitchers involved in Friday's combined no-hitter against the Dodgers, plus a couple of shots of the on-field celebration. He handed out the photos with a Sharpie and asked for a signature, the phrase "no-hitter" and the date.

The rookie turned to scrapbooking to chronicle the surprising gem.

"(I) wanted them to sign it and remember this day," Montero said a day after Seattle's 1-0 win. "(Friday) night was so special for me, I want to remember that. When I get to be old, really old, I'll remember then."

Montero was the one constant in the 10th combined no-hitter in MLB history. Kevin Millwood started then was followed by a parade of relievers after injuring his groin and coming out after the sixth inning.

Millwood had an MRI exam, but the results were not known Saturday. Millwood, who threw a no-hitter for the Phillies in 2003, is the fourth pitcher to throw one and be a part of a combined no-no, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The others: Vida Blue, Mike Witt and Kent Mercker.

The Hall of Fame requested three items from the no-hitter: a ball signed by all six pitchers, Millwood's cap and a public relations employee's scorecard.

New closer Tom Wilhelmsen has the ball from the final out. He's not sure what to do with it, considering six pitchers — Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Wilhelmsen — were involved.

"It's in a safe place for now," Wilhelmsen said. "I have asked a couple of folks what the right thing to do is, and I will continue to ask until I find the answer I want to hear."

Wilhelmsen's joking aside, what happened Friday was quite the accomplishment. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball, and the six pitchers who combined for the no-hitter made the feat even more unlikely.

Millwood, in his 16th season, got off to a rough start this year but is 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA in his past six starts. Furbush has a career 5.04 ERA. Pryor earned his first major-league win Friday night despite walking two.

Luetge, a rookie used primarily as a situational lefty, replaced Pryor and allowed James Loney's sacrifice before departing with runners on second and third with one out in the eighth.

Then League came in. After losing his closing job because he had not been effective in late-game, pressure situations, he retired two batters to snuff out the Dodgers' best scoring chance.

Wilhelmsen joined the Mariners in 2011. He was a bartender for five years after quitting pro ball when his 2004 suspension for testing positive for marijuana ended.

IRS TARGETS GWYNN: Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, who has joined with movie producer Thomas Tull in an effort to buy the Padres, owes more than $400,000 in unpaid federal income taxes, the UT San Diego newspaper reported.

CARDINALS: LHP Jaime Garcia will be shut down for a month with an injury the team is calling a left shoulder strain. … LF Matt Holliday was a late scratch because of back spasms.

GIANTS: 3B Pablo Sandoval, who had surgery May 4 to remove a broken hamate bone in his left hand, came off the DL.

ORIOLES: RHP Jake Arrieta will head to the bullpen after posting a 7.71 ERA in his past 10 starts.

TIGERS: CF Austin Jackson, out since May 17 with an abdominal strain, was activated.

YANKEES: LF Brett Gardner, rehabbing from a strained right elbow, felt pain in the elbow a day after playing for Class A Charleston and is scheduled to see a doctor Monday.

Mariners still feeling buzz after no-hitter 06/09/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 9, 2012 10:48pm]
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