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Joe Mauer breaks up Rangers' no-hit bid with one out in ninth

Aug 23, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

UPDATE: Party’s over, folks. With one out in the ninth, Joe Mauer broke up the no-hit bid with a hard hit single up the middle, just beyond the outstretched glove of Elvis Andrus. It was the only hit the Rangers would allow in a 4-0 win over the Twins.

It spoiled what would have been the first combined no-no since six Astros no-hit the Yankees on June 11, 2003. It’s a bummer, but Rangers fans have to be highly encouraged by what they saw from Harden tonight.

10:26 PM: Darren O’Day just sat down the Twins 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth, including back-to-back strikeouts of Danny Valencia and J.J. Hardy. O’Day, Matt Harrison and Rich Harden have combined for eight no-hit innings against the Twins. Neftali Feliz will come on in the ninth for a chance at history.

10:06 PM: Rich Harden left tonight’s start against the Twins after tossing 6 2/3 hitless innings. The Rangers played it safe and we ended up seeing a situation very similar to Kevin Slowey being pulled after seven hitless innings earlier this month.

Harden, who was just activated from the disabled list after a recent bout with shoulder tendinitis, was at 111 pitches at the time. Never the most efficient of pitchers, Harden struck out six and walked five before exiting the ballgame.

Harden threw 101 pitches in a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City last Wednesday, so he was certainly stretched out, but remember that the Rangers have designs on the postseason. Harden has been a major bust this season, but it’s hard to question his upside when healthy. It’s for the greater good.

On the bright side for Rangers fans, Matt Harrison got Jim Thome to line out to center field to end the inning, so they still have the no-hitter going. Stay tuned for more.

  1. The Ol Goaler - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    And Rob Dibble doubtless thinks Hardin should “suck it up”… while some Rangers fans may respond, “That’s what he’s been doing so far this season!!!”

  2. Proudly Canadian - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Nice job by Harden.
    Now where is the Jose Bautista hits number 39 and number 40 to defeat the evil empire thread?

  3. RichardInBigD - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    So you’re a professional baseball writer, huh? And you use that hyphenated word while the event is still in progress? How long till Craig comes back?

  4. RichardInBigD - Aug 23, 2010 at 10:46 PM

    See? Kinda like “Get off my mound”.

  5. Kiwicricket - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    A rookie, but no doubt buying dinner this evening. Great entertainment regardless.

  6. BC - Aug 24, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    This Mauer kid. He has some moxie. He’ll make a name for himself some day.

  7. RichardInBigD - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Just FYI, Drew – Changing the title after the fact doesn’t undo the jinx you laid on the Rangers with your irresponsible use of the term “no-hitter” during the game. There are a thousand or so ways to dance around the term and still get the point across. Maybe someday, after you’ve been around a while, you’ll understand that the people who care enough about this game to read this blog know that, and respect and honor that tradition, and fear the consequences of violating it… Lesson learned? I hope so!

  8. RichardInBigD - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Sorry, I meant D.J.

  9. D.J. Short - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Sorry to break it to you, but jinxes don’t exist.

  10. RichardInBigD - Aug 24, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    I would say that anyone that says jinxes don’t exist should probably be writing about somehing other than baseball. Watch “Major League” again.

  11. D.J. Short - Aug 24, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Ha. We’ll have to agree to disagree on that.

  12. RichardInBigD - Aug 24, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    I propose a poll. Put it to your readers in a new thread (since noone reads this deep). Ask the question, “Do superstitions have an affect on outcomes in baseball games?”. Mention some examples, including the no-hitter jinx, and see what the people have to say…

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