Justin Verlander pitched his second career no-hitter Saturday in the Detroit Tigers’ 9-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 28-year-old right-hander struck out four, and came within one baserunner of a perfect game when he walked a batter in the eighth inning. With the feat, Verlander becomes only the 28th pitcher ever to throw two or more career no-hitters, according to the Baseball Almanac. His first came June 12, 2007, against the Milwaukee Brewers.
It was the second no-hitter in the major leagues this season – both of them occurring the same week: Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins no-hit the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history Saturday.
The right-hander retired all 27 Florida Marlins batters he faced in a 1-0 victory in Miami. He struck out 11. See the boxscore at SI.com
Halladay, 33, came into the game with a 6-3 won-loss record and a 2.22 earned-run average, according to MLB.com.
Although the feat is among the rarest in baseball, 2010 will go down as the first year in the modern era in which a perfect game has been thrown twice in the same season. The Oakland Athletics' Dallas Braden was perfect against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9.