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Joe Mauer has broken up three no-hitters in the ninth inning during his career

May 25, 2013, 2:02 PM EST

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Joe Mauer broke up Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid last night with a one-out single in the ninth inning. He has made a habit out of spoiling history.

Last night was the third time in Mauer’s career that he has broken up a no-hit bid in the ninth inning. He previously did it in on May 6, 2008 when he doubled off White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd with two outs in the ninth. He later struck again on August 23, 2010 when he singled off Rangers’ right-hander Neftali Feliz with one out in the final inning.

If you could pick anybody as a likely candidate to break up a no-hitter in the ninth inning, Joe Mauer and his .324 career batting average would figure to be near the top of the list. Still, it’s a pretty rare occurrence. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Mauer is tied with former Yankees infielder Horace Clarke for the most no-hitters broken up in the ninth inning since 1961. The amazing part about Clarke is that they were all within one month in 1970.

  1. thomas844 - May 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Well played, Mauer.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - May 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    The pitchers whose day Clarke ruined were Jim Rooker of KC, Sonny Siebert of the Red Sox trying for his 2nd career no-no, and Joe Niekro of the Tigers. Neither Rooker nor Niekro ever did pitch one, but Niekro’s brother did.

  3. jarathen - May 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    In other words, he’s a good hitter on a bad hitting team more often than not.

    • tuberippin - May 26, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Joe Mauer is the thin line between a Major League Baseball club and a AAA minor-league ballclub.

      The Twenty-Three Million Dollar Man strikes again.

  4. moogro - May 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    It’s strange how managers will walk a dangerous hitter with a great history to protect a large lead in the ninth, but they won’t do it when there is a no hitter going on.

  5. historiophiliac - May 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM


  6. wwttww - May 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    What an a**hole!!

  7. jcmeyer10 - May 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    And I thought Minnesotans were known for their courtesy. Ruining someones hard work is not every nice…

  8. bleedtwincitiessports - May 27, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I truly wish Mauer had more of a “killer mentality”. The dude shows no emotion when playing. Win or lose, Mauer acts the same.

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