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    Quote Originally Posted by lildago;2373872;
    I don't get why he can't just make up his mind a the beginning of the season like everyone else.
    Because he doesn't have to, . He gets some extra vacation time, milks it for all it's worth in terms of keeping himself in the limelight, and then gets all sorts of special concessions in his contract. He has, at best, only a couple of more seasons where he can get away with this stuff, he'll use every last minute of it.
    Papi on being tested for steroids: "All they are going to find is a lot of rice and beans."
    I cater to the Regs!

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    I'm a diehard Yankees fan and I hate Clemens. I hated him as a Red Sox (Sock? LOL), I hated him as a Yankee, I hated him as an Astro. I hate him again as the supposed answer to our pitching problem. He's not.

    Ugh. (okay, so I'll be happy if he wins some games for us, but I don't have to like him)

    I want to see Hughes come back and pitch like he's expected to do, not under the do-or-die situation he came up under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marybethp;2381146;
    I'm a diehard Yankees fan and I hate Clemens. I hated him as a Red Sox (Sock? LOL), I hated him as a Yankee, I hated him as an Astro. I hate him again
    I am a diehard Red Sox fan (although amazingly I do not hate the Yankees), but the rest of your sentiment I follow exactly. I think he's a mean, nasty guy, he was here, and everywhere else he's been.
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    Clemens is a distant cousin of my best friend who just happens to be a huge Yankees fan. He's tickled to death. Needless to say he had very mixed emotions when Roger was with the BoSox. Who am I kidding, he hated him then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unklescott;2382131;
    Clemens is a distant cousin of my best friend who just happens to be a huge Yankees fan. He's tickled to death. Needless to say he had very mixed emotions when Roger was with the BoSox. Who am I kidding, he hated him then.
    What surprises me most about this statement is that YOU are best friends with a YANKEE fan!

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    Boo Yankees suck only way they win if Clemens Picthes every game

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    Quote Originally Posted by marybethp;2385645;
    What surprises me most about this statement is that YOU are best friends with a YANKEE fan!
    I bought a Red Sox World Series Champions hat just to wear to his house when I went home to Tennessee on vacation. We've been at each other's throat for years over all sports. That's what friends are for.

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    Well my favorite baseball player Barry Bonds is in a really bad slump right now, hopefully he can snap out of it.

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    Tigers' Verlander no-hits the Brewers

    No hitters are so cool.
    Print Story: Tigers' Verlander no-hits the Brewers on Yahoo! News
    By DAVID AGUILAR, Associated Press Writer 59 minutes ago

    Justin Verlander threw 100 mph heat, crazy curves and a tantalizing changeup. No-hit stuff, indeed. With a big assist from his shortstop, Verlander pitched the first no-hitter in Comerica Park history, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Tuesday night.

    "It was the best thing that ever happened to me," he said.

    The 2006 AL Rookie of the Year came back with the game of his career, striking out 12. He benefited from several stellar defensive plays, the best by Neifi Perez, who turned a possible single up the middle in the eighth into an inning-ending double play.

    "About the fifth or sixth you can't help but think about it a little," Verlander said. "Everyone kept giving me high-fives and nobody came and sat next to me."

    The NL Central-leading Brewers didn't have a chance against him.

    "We only hit four or five balls hard all night ... that's how dominant he was," said Craig Counsell, twice called out on strikes.

    Verlander (7-2) worked around four walks in the Tigers' first no-hitter since Jack Morris in 1984.

    The 24-year-old trotted to the mound for the ninth to a standing ovation from the crowd of 33,555.

    "I had way too much adrenaline, to be honest," Verlander said.

    Amped up, he struck out Counsell and Tony Graffanino. That brought up J.J. Hardy, and Verlander had a momentary lapse, throwing a high breaking ball. At that point, Verlander stepped off the mound.

    "I said, 'Let's get it back down,'" he said.

    Verlander then got Hardy to lift a high fly ball that right fielder Magglio Ordonez caught at the edge of the warning track.

    Verlander didn't even see the ball settle into Ordonez's glove.

    "I wanted to watch the catch, but Pudge was yelling in my ear," he said.

    Catcher Ivan Rodriguez was already at the mound and hugged Verlander as the pitcher wheeled around.

    "I think I was more excited than he was," Rodriguez said.

    This was the first no-hitter in Detroit since Nolan Ryan of the Angels did it at Tiger Stadium in 1973. Comerica opened in 2000.

    Milwaukee was last no-hit on April 27, 1994, by Scott Erickson at Minnesota. This was the third no-hitter since interleague play began David Cone did it for the Yankees against Montreal and a set of Houston pitchers blanked the Yankees.

    Verlander was greeted by manager Jim Leyland as he walked off the field.

    "A lot of things go through your mind when something like this happens," Leyland said, fighting back tears. "I'm very happy for him, happy for the team, happy for the fans to see something special."

    Verlander's girlfriend, Emily Yuen, also was on the field to celebrate. He also got a shaving-cream pie to the face after his first no-hitter since he was 12 years old.

    It was the second no-hitter of the season in the majors, with Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox doing it against the Texas Rangers on April 18. Boston's Curt Schilling came within one out of accomplishing it at Oakland last week.

    Perez preserved this one with his glove.

    After Bill Hall walked for the third time, Gabe Gross hit a hard grounder up the middle. Perez skidded to his left to glove it, but the force of the ball knocked him over.

    Perez managed to make a backhanded flip to second baseman Placido Polanco, who completed the inning-ending double play. Verlander pumped his fist near the mound and was one of the first to congratulate Perez in the dugout.

    "Neifi was right there," he said.

    Among those to congratulate Verlander after it was over was teammate Kenny Rogers, who once pitched a perfect game.

    Plenty of other teammates had a much more active role than Rogers.

    Verlander himself made a sharp grab, jumping to snare Prince Fielder's one-hopper for the first out in the seventh. Corey Hart then hit a liner and Ordonez made a sliding catch while running in.

    Verlander had all of his pitches working in his second career complete game and first of the season. He finished with 112 pitches in the no-hitter.

    "The guy was throwing 99 with a great hook and a good change," Graffanino said. "That's tough to beat."

    Verlander, 17-9 last year in helping the surprising Tigers reach the World Series for the first time since 1984, set the tone early by striking out Counsell and Graffanino to start the game.

    Milwaukee didn't get its first baserunner until Hall walked with one out in the third. But Verlander then struck out Gross, and got Counsell on a hard one-hopper that first baseman Sean Casey neatly handled.

    Brandon Inge homered and drove in two runs. Jeff Suppan (7-7) took the loss.

    Suppan almost matched Verlander pitch for pitch the first five innings. He only allowed two hits in that span and his only mistake was to Inge, who hit his 11th homer in the third.

    The Tigers made it 3-0 in the sixth on an RBI triple by Curtis Granderson and a sacrifice fly by Polanco. Inge hit an RBI single in the seventh.

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    Re: Baseball 2007

    An equally cool thing, Unk, was the fact that the first thing he said in all of the interviews was that he couldn't do it without all of his teammates, and singled out Perez, Inge, Ordonez, and Casey for their plays last night that got him the no-hitter.

    He's a very humble kid, especially with all of the success he's had in his first two years.

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