4:07 PM ET, May 7, 2011
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TORONTO -- With one out to go, Justin Verlander cracked a smile on the mound.He could afford to enjoy the moment, he'd seen this before. So had baseball fans -- real recently, in fact.
Olney: Been There, Done That
Justin Verlander took Saturday's no-hitter in stride because he's done it before, and there's no reason to think the pitcher clocked at 100 mph won't do it again, writes ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. Blog
Schoenfield: Verlander Shows Maturity
If the no-hitter was any indication, 2011 might be the year Justin Verlander goes from Cy Young contender to Cy Young winner, writes ESPN.com's David Schoenfield. Blog
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Twice As Nice
Justin Verlander only struck out four in his second career no-hitter Saturday, compared to 12 punchouts in his first no-no in 2007.
Justin Verlander became only the seventh pitcher since 1954 to face the minimum number of batters in a no-hitter.
Toronto activated 2B Aaron Hill (right hamstring) off the 15-day DL and optioned INF Mike McCoy to Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Bautista, who has missed the past four games with a stiff neck, took batting practice before the game and remains on track to return to the lineup Sunday. ... The Tigers have at least one extra-base hit in all 34 games this season. Detroit opened the 1986 season with extra-base hits in their first 51 games, the longest streak in team history. ... Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin attended the game.
Regular Season Series
|3rd||S Sizemore walked, A Avila scored, B Inge to third, A Jackson to second.||1||0|
|3rd||B Inge scored, A Jackson to third, S Sizemore to second on wild pitch by R Romero.||2||0|
|3rd||M Ordonez grounded out to shortstop, A Jackson scored.||3||0|
|4th||J Peralta homered to left (375 feet).||4||0|
|4th||A Avila homered to right center (416 feet), R Raburn scored.||6||0|
|5th||V Martinez singled to center, M Cabrera scored.||7||0|
|9th||V Martinez singled to left, B Inge scored, S Sizemore to third, M Cabrera to second.||8||0|
|9th||J Peralta singled to left center, S Sizemore scored, M Cabrera to third, V Martinez to second.||9||0|
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|Stadium||Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON|
|Weather||55 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Meals, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott|
Justin Verlander threw five pitches at 100.0 or higher, tying his most in any start in the last three seasons. Verlander's velocity got stronger as the game went on. All five of his pitches at 100 or higher came in either the 7th or 8th inning. Justin Verlander Average Fastball Velocity By Inning, Saturday vs Blue Jays 1st-3rd 94.4 4th-6th 96.7 7th-9th 99.0<< >>5 fastballs 100.0 or higher
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