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Like the Gooden Old Days: No-hitter for Doc
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

May 14, 1996

Out of baseball since June 1994 because of cocaine problems, Dwight Gooden returned to the majors this year with the Yankees. In only his seventh start with them, Gooden revives memories of his dominating performances with the Mets by pitching the first no-hitter of his 12-year career. He strikes out six and walks five in beating the Seattle Mariners, 2-0, at Yankee Stadium.

"This is the greatest feeling, especially because I did it in New York," he says. "With all I've been through and all the stuff that has gone on, this is the greatest feeling."

The closest the Mariners come to a hit is in the first inning on Alex Rodriguez's drive to deep center. But backup outfielder Gerald Williams makes an outstanding catch and then doubles a runner off first base.

Two walks and a wild pitch put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, but Gooden ends his 134-pitch gem by striking out Jay Buhner and retiring Paul Sorrento on a pop to shortstop Derek Jeter. Gooden jumps for joy and then is carried off the field by his teammates.

"In my wildest dreams, I never could have imagined this," Gooden says. "This is sweet."

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