Sunday, May 8, 2011

No Hitter

Justin Verlander gets his second career no-no, this time against the Blue Jays.

Justin Verlander further cemented his place among the Tigers’ all-time greats by throwing the second no-hitter of his career and seventh in Detroit history on Saturday afternoon.

The right-hander came within inches of perfection but instead settled for a rather satisfying consolation prize, using a dominant arsenal of pitches against an overmatched Blue Jays lineup en route to a 9-0 Detroit victory at Rogers Centre.

The seven-year veteran’s lone blemish came on a 12-pitch walk to rookie catcher J.P. Arencibia.

“I felt fantastic — obviously, I was extremely excited,” said Verlander, who threw his first no-hitter on June 12, 2007, during Interleague Play against the Milwaukee Brewers. “Being able to recall the last one and go through it, it was really able to calm me down.”

Verlander’s celebration with his teammates began immediately after he struck out right fielder Rajai Davis in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Tigers’ dugout emptied, as players swarmed the field to congratulate their No. 1 starter. Verlander was hugged by catcher Alex Avila and shortly after received the traditional on-field Gatorade shower.