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Wednesday, Apr. 4 7:05pm ET
Nomo throws second no-hitter of career
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BALTIMORE (AP) – Long after the celebrating was done, Hideo Nomo walked into the interview room with a look of calm that gave no hint of what he had just accomplished.

Maybe it was because he was tired. Or perhaps it was because his second career no-hitter was just so darn easy.

Mike Lansing
Second baseman Mike Lansing's tumbling catch saved Hideo Nomo's no-hitter and made the second out in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Nomo became the fourth pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in both leagues, using his unique hesitation windup and a brilliant mix of offspeed pitches and high heat in Boston's 3-0 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday night.

"I felt pretty good throughout the game," said Nomo, who now owns the first no-hitter at Camden Yards and Colorado's Coors Field. "As I was going into the ninth inning, I was not nervous."

There was no reason to be jittery. In his debut with the Red Sox, Nomo had already proved that his horrid spring (0-3, 11.37 ERA) was just an illusion.

Trying to make some sense of Nomo's demeanor, Boston catcher Jason Varitek said, "He's probably exhausted. I don't think he threw nine innings all spring. He's probably relieved it's over with."

Second baseman Mike Lansing saved the no-hitter with a back-handed, tumbling catch of Mike Bordick's soft looper to center field for the second out of the ninth inning.

Dual-league no-hitters
Pitcher Career shutouts Teams
Nolan Ryan 7 California, Texas (AL); Houston (NL)
Cy Young 3 Boston (AL); Cleveland (NL)
Jim Bunning 2 Detroit (AL); Philadelphia (NL)
Hideo Nomo 2 Boston (AL); Los Angeles (NL)

Lansing, who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the eighth, knew exactly how important it was to catch up to the rapidly falling baseball.

"You know what's going on. As soon as I saw it, I put my head down," Lansing said. "I knew I had to go all out and get there. ... He had worked so hard to get that far. I didn't want him to lose it at that point."

Two pitches later, Delino DeShields lofted a routine fly to left field that Troy O'Leary caught for the final out. Nomo was lifted up by Varitek and mobbed by his new teammates as O'Leary ran in to give the right-hander the ball.

"He mixed his pitches well," said the Orioles' Jerry Hairston, who struck out three times. "I've been in the major leagues for parts of four seasons, and that's the best split-finger fastball I've ever seen. He was throwing 88-89 (mph), but with the splitter it seemed like 95 with some movement."

The 32-year-old Japanese pitcher, whose first no-hitter came Sept. 17, 1996, for Los Angeles, walked three and struck out 11 in a 110-pitch outing. It was the first no-hitter in the 10-year history of Camden Yards.

Cal Ripken also reached on an error in the second inning when his grounder went through third baseman Shea Hillenbrand.

It was the earliest no-hitter in baseball history, coming three days earlier than Houston's Ken Forsch in 1979 and Detroit's Jack Morris in 1984.

The Orioles didn't get anything close to a hit until Lansing's catch in the ninth. Before that, the hardest-hit ball was a drive to the warning track in center by Melvin Mora in the second inning, but Carl Everett had more than enough time and room to make the play.

As the game wore on, many in the crowd of 35,602 abandoned the home team and cheered each out.

"People in the U.S. like good baseball, whether you're on the home team or not," Nomo said through an interpreter.

Nomo joined Cy Young, Jim Bunning and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers with no-hitters in both leagues.

Signed as a free agent during the offseason, Nomo delivered the first no-hitter by a Boston player since Dave Morehead in 1965. He dismissed his performance this spring, noting that this officially marked his initial start with the Red Sox.

"Today was my first time throwing for the Boston Red Sox, and I am obviously very happy with my performance," he said.

Nomo won the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers, exciting all of baseball with Nomo-mania. In 1997, Nomo became the fastest pitcher in major league history to reach 500 career strikeouts, doing it in 444 2-3 innings.

But he struggled the past three seasons, going 26-32 for the Dodgers, Mets, Milwaukee and Detroit. He entered the season 69-61 with a 3.97 ERA.

Brian Daubach took care of the offense for Nomo, hitting two home runs off loser Sidney Ponson. The first homer, in the third inning, followed an error by Ripken. He added a solo shot in the eighth.

Ponson pitched well enough to win – on most nights. He allowed three runs and four hits in 7 1-3 innings, walking one and striking out 10.

Game notes
The start of the game was delayed 43 minutes by a power outage. ... Manny Ramirez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his second game with Boston. ... Ripken is 0-for-7 this season. ... The last no-hitter against the Orioles was by Wilson Alvarez of the White Sox on Aug. 11, 1991.

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Oakland 2

Boston 3
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Cleveland 8
Chi. White Sox 4

NY Yankees 8
Kansas City 2

Toronto 11
Tampa Bay 8

Texas 7
Anaheim 3

Montreal 3
Chicago Cubs 2

Atlanta 3
NY Mets 2

Pittsburgh 6
Cincinnati 5

Philadelphia 7
Florida 3

Houston 8
Milwaukee 6

Colorado 13
St. Louis 9

Arizona 7
Los Angeles 2

San Francisco 8
San Diego 7

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