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Notes from a day in baseball:

1. Anibal the Cannibal. It happens every year: Like a bad meal at a seafood restaurant, the Marlins have a way of sneaking up on you. On Wednesday it was rookie Anibal Sanchez hurling a no-hitter — the first in the majors since 2004 — as Florida beat the Diamondbacks 2-0. The majors had gone 6,364 games between no-hitters, the longest drought in history. So, Marlins in the playoffs? Inevitable, we suppose. For the record, this was his 15th lifetime start.

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2. I Wanna Be A Pinstripe Hero. Ironically, the last person to throw a no-hitter in the majors, Randy Johnson, also flirted with one on Wednesday, before losing it in the seventh. Johnson threw a perfect game for Arizona against Atlanta in May 2004. On Wednesday, his Yankees beat the Royals 8-3.

3. It's Alive! Thanks to J ose Contreras (eight innings for the win) and Jim Thome (4-for-4), the White Sox stomped the Red Sox 8-1, as Chicago moved within a half game of the Twins for the wild card, and four behind the Tigers for the AL Central lead.

4. Mission Accomplished. With his parents in attendance, rookie Paul McAnulty hit his first career homer to win it in the 11th for the Padres, 2-0, over the Rockies. San Diego is one game behind LA for the NL West lead.

5. The Tigers Giveth, The Tigers Taketh Away. Seattle beat Detroit 5-4 on Kenji Johjima's run-scoring single in the 10th, a hit so dramatic that it caused Detroit to cut Dmitri Young. The Tigers have lost 19 of 28 games.

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6. Jason Isringhausen. Uh, we think it's probably time for a new Cardinals closer now. Just a suggestion. Don't mean to blow your mind.

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