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Justin Verlander throws second career no-hitter, blanks the Blue Jays

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Final - 5.7.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 0 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 2 9 11 0
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WP: Justin Verlander (3 - 3)
LP: Ricky Romero (2 - 4)

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The Detroit Tigers had 11 hits, but they didn't share any with the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon in Toronto. Justin Verlander threw his second career no-hitter after going 7 1/3 perfect innings before walking J.P. Arencibia in the eighth inning in a 12-pitch at-bat.

BOX

KEY STAT

27: The number of batters Justin Verlander faced. He walked one, struck out four and most importantly allowed no hits.

KEY PLAY

Option 1: Fifth inning, Verlander takes a line drive off the arm, runs toward third to recover it and still gets the out at first base.This was easily the most difficult play of the game. Almost all the outs were pretty simple pop ups or fly balls.

Option 2: The 6-4-3 inning-ending double play in the eighth that kept Verlander at the minimum batters faced.

See all 27 outs at MLB.com if you didn't catch the game.

KEY INTERVIEW

Special category! Check out Verlander's interview with FSDetroit.

KEY THOUGHTS

Like I said, Verlander made this one look easy. This may not have been one of those no-hitters where the pitcher strikes out 10 or 12 and looks completely dominating. But make no mistake, this was completely dominating, Verlander had the batters so off their games that there was hardly a hard-hit ball the entire game that went in fair territory.

In fact 12 of his outs were fy outs, and if you watched the video I linked above you'd notice almost every fly out was a harmless, easy to field pop up.

I don't know about you, but by the fifth inning I really had the feeling it was going to be a special game. I really did hope that we'd finally get that perfect game but no regrets here. A no-hitter is a no-hitter, and that's pretty special.

What struck me about Verlander is how calm he was during the later innings. It really looked like just another mundane task to him. It just felt like, if he got a no hitter, great. If not, no big deal. Hey, he's already got one to his name. That came against the Brewers in 2007. By the way, this second one makes him the first Tiger since Virgil Trucks to have two to his name.

So OK, we could talk about Verlander all day -- and I'll probably have a second post looking closer at the no-hitter specifically later -- but there was another half to the game, wasn't there? A half where Tigers batters clobbered the ball for nine runs.

Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta both hit home runs. Austin Jackson built on recent successes at the plate by having a three-hit game. Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs. All in all, a great game.