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A special look at Johan Santana's no-hitter

Johan Santana

SantanaJohan Santana threw the first no-hitter in New York Mets history Friday night, and we already told you what it meant and how he did it.

Today, we have a very odd name nugget, some leftover notes, and a very different look at the special night.

After Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter last season for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Santana is the 11th surname in baseball history to be shared by two different pitcher who have thrown a no-hitter. The only pitchers with the same first and last names to throw no-hitters are Sam Jones (1955) and "Sad Sam" Jones (1923).

Oddly enough, Ervin Santana was born with the name Johan Santana, and changed it in 2003 because the lefty was already an established pitcher.

Threw Shutout, Then Threw No-Hitter
In Consecutive Starts Since 1961

More no-no notes:

• The Elias Sports Bureau tells us it's just the eighth no-hitter in major-league history against the defending World Series champs.

• Seven former Mets had thrown no-hitters for other teams, including Philip Humber this season.

• There have been 12 no-hitters since the start of the 2010 season (including the postseason). There were eight no-hitters thrown from 2005-2009 combined.

Scroll down in the box below to see the distribution of Santana's outs. The size of the plotted outs correlates to the inning so the larger the circles, the later in the game. This shows the manner in which Santana recorded outs as the intensity of the no-hitter grew.

Out types are represented by color. For visualization purposes, all fly-ball outs (including lineouts and popouts) are categorized as flyouts. Santana had eight strikeouts, three groundouts and 16 flyouts.

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