June 25, 2007

Jay almost tosses no-hitter

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

It’s very easy to imagine that Jeff Baker isn’t a very popular person in Toronto this morning. Yesterday, Baker spoiled Dustin McGowan and his hideous sideburn’s attempt at a no-hitter with a single to lead off the ninth inning. It would have been only the second no-no in Jays history with Dave Steib holding the other. Is it just me or is this whole “taking-a-no-no-into-the ninth” thing happening more often than usual this season? Or maybe I’m just paying more attention this year…

Frank Thomas and Ken Griffey Jr. both had huge days on the career home runs list yesterday. Thomas inched closer to the illustrious 500-club by knocking out no. 499 during McGowan’s performance. Meanwhile, Griffey, facing his former club the Seattle Mariners, slammed two solo shots out of Safeco Field. These put him into seventh on the all-time list at 584. He tied and then passed Mark McGwire. It seems like these milestones are popping up more often too, or again, maybe I’m just paying more attention. It’s funny what writing a blog does to you.

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