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The Jays record a nice win tonight, although the defense was not stellar. Big night for Colby Rasmus with a 5-5 night, combined with a bad error. Brett Lawrie hit leadoff and had three hits.
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Seaver threw one, but as a Red, not as a Met. Gooden threw one, for New York even, but as  a Yankee -- not as a Met. Koosman, Matlack, Gentry, Cone, Viola, Nolan Ryan -- many more great pitchers throughout Met history, and not one had ever thrown a no-hitter for the Flushing nine.

Until today.

Santana pitches first no-hitter in Mets' history

Your thoughts, Bauxites? 

The Toronto Blue Jays and the New Hampshire Cats will continue its affiliation into the 2013 and 2014 seasons, after signing off on a two-year extension of its Player Development Contract.  That means if Ottawa manages to land an Eastern League franchise next year, it will have to look south of the border for a major league affiliate.

New Hampshire's logos through the years during its affiliation with the Blue Jays.

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Big news in Jay land - Adam Lind has been sent down to AAA
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Full story link now available (as of 11:15 ET) -- if you see more stories to link to, add them in the comments please. As I posted this, I had just sprinted into my home office from the TV after seeing Josh Hamilton homer for the fourth time today agains the Orioles (he also doubled -- the 18 TB in one game are an AL record).

The Rangers won big, 10-3, so the O's fans gave Josh an immediate ovation. If you're gonna get trouncecd, at least watch history. And it's just the 14th four-dinger game in MLB history since 1900. The fourth one was to dead center, bounced off the top of the wall, up and to the left and just snuck over the fence.  Wow. Did I mention, wow? Four-homer games are just about exactly as rare as perfect games -- which would you rather see, Bauxites?

  • The story from ESPN DFW -- Four! Hamilton slams 4 two-run HRs
  • Cool trivia note: Elvis Andrus was on base as the sole baserunner for all four of Hamilton's two-run shots.
  • Head's up -- new trivia challenge question within on Comment #12!

All numbers and references in this story according to the Rangers teevee booth and are welcome to be corrected and checked if anyone cares to do so. thanks to those already having posted some corrections, this lede has already been updated.

C'mon, I expected that terrible '80s hair band headline pun when I clicked through to ESPN, and it was in fact the lead story with that very headline on ESPN.com's home page ... the story, which usually does not have the same headline as the lead feature image, indeed does not, choosing the more pedestrian Angels' Jered Weaver tosses second no-hitter of season.

And you know, that headline made me think, is the kid Weaver, as brilliant as he is, tired yet of being the second guy to do something? (I mean, quick, Box No-Prize to whoever first names, without looking it up, the second man on the moon after Neil Armstrong.)  To wit:

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Raise your hand if you had the ChiSox's Philip Humber in your office pool as the next to throw a MLB Perfect Game. Sox just won it, 4-0 on the first perfect game to end on a controversial call of a swinging third strike that, on a full count, bounced to the backstop but was completed catcher-to-first-base. Yowza.

Congratulations on the unlikeliest office pool win in, well, ever ...

Over the winter the Jays were looking for another starting pitcher to add to their rotation.  Now we know why.

Brett Cecil has been optioned to AA after his bad start yesterday.

Kyle Drabek will be the #5 starter.

Aaron Laffey has been sent down to Las Vegas.

Joel Carreno has been recalled from AA and will start game 3 for the Jays.

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The San Francisco Giants have worked out a new contract for All-Star RHSP Matt Cain that will make him the highest-paid right-handed pitcher in baseball history.

Cain, who is set to earn about $15 million in the last year of his contract, will receive a five-year extension for a guaranteed $112.5 million, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

So today's Question of the Day: Forget baseball history, that's too big. What currently active right-handed starting pitchers deserve to be earning more money than Matt Cain?

I'll start the bidding at "Duh" ... Roy Halladay. Next?

Travis Snider has been send down to AAA, thus leaving LF to Eric Thames.

Edit: Dustin McGowan has a new 2 + 1 year deal - 2013/2014 guaranteed ($1.5 per year) plus an option year in 2015 at $4 mil.
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