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Sox rookie throws no-hitter at Fenway

FAST START The lanky hurler from Texas became the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-no in his first or second majors start by thoroughly baffling Baltimore

AP , BOSTONREUTERS, NEW YORK

The Boston Red Sox's Clay Buchholz pitches with two outs in the ninth inning to the last batter of his no-hitter, the Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday. The Red Sox won 10-0.

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Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in his second major league start, just hours after being called up by the Boston Red Sox.

The lanky Texan baffled Baltimore with an assortment of curves, changeups and fastballs in the Red Sox's 10-0 victory on Saturday. He struck out nine, walked three and hit one batter before the 371st straight sellout crowd at Fenway Park.

The crowd stood through the ninth inning, a groan rising from the stands when Corey Patterson hit a line drive to center with one out. But Coco Crisp easily moved over to catch it.

Buchholz started Nick Markakis with a ball, then went ahead 1-2 when the batter fouled one off with a check swing. Then Buchholz threw a 124kph curveball that Markakis watched go by for the game's final out.

Buchholz, who turned 23 on Aug. 14, pitched the third no-hitter of this season following those by Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox against Texas on April 18 and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers against Milwaukee on June 12.

Buchholz became just the 21st rookie to throw a no-hitter and the first since Florida's Anibal Sanchez against Arizona last September. He also became the third pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in his first or second major league start.

Yankees 9, Devil Rays 6

At New York, Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs to back Ian Kennedy's impressive major league debut as New York rolled to a win over Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay had Rodriguez's bat confiscated in a classic case of gamesmanship one inning after umpires took away Akinori Iwamura's unusual model following a request from Yankees manager Joe Torre.

Kennedy (1-0) allowed one earned run in seven innings, helping New York extend its wild-card lead to two games over Seattle. Pitching in place of struggling Mike Mussina, the 22-year-old right-hander gave up five hits, struck out six and walked two.

Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 45th homer in the first inning, a two-run shot off Edwin Jackson (4-13). The two-time MVP added a two-run double in the fourth.

Blue Jays 2, Mariners 1

At Toronto, Troy Glaus singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Toronto sent Seattle to its season-high eighth straight loss.

Dustin McGowan (9-8) won for the first time in five starts. He allowed one run and six hits in eight innings and had a walk and three strikeouts.

The Blue Jays cost themselves a chance to score in the second when Lyle Overbay and Aaron Hill batted out of order. Overbay led off the second with a fly out before Hill doubled to short left. Mariners manager John McLaren came out with his lineup card, on which Hill preceded Overbay and, after the umpires huddled to discuss the situation, Hill was called out.

Rangers 7, Angels 6

At Anaheim, California, Marlon Byrd broke out of a rut with three hits including a solo homer and David Murphy and Brad Wilkerson hit two-run doubles as Texas edged Los Angeles.

Los Angeles remained six-and-a-half games ahead of the Seattle Mariners in the American League West.

Edinson Volquez (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma to make his season debut, allowed three runs and seven hits over five innings after getting staked to a 6-1 lead.

Kelvim Escobar (15-7) lasted only two-and-two-thirds innings in his second-shortest outing of the season. He struck out six, but gave up five runs, six hits and four walks.

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