Edwin Jackson was so wild early there was no reason to think he would even finish the game, let alone throw the fourth no-hitter of the season.
This being the Year of the Pitcher, though, anything was possible.
Jackson made it happen, all right, throwing a whopping 149 pitches – the most in the majors in five years – leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 1-0 victory Friday night over his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
“It’s one of those moments where you’re just caught up in the moment. It’s one of the craziest games I’ve had, especially the game starting off how it did. Not being able to find the strike zone with the fastball,” Jackson said. “Good thing I could throw the slider for strikes in any count. It just resurrected my game.”
Jackson (5-6) walked eight, all but one in the first three innings, but the Rays still were no-hit for the third time since last July, including Dallas Braden’s perfect game at Oakland on May 9.
Carlos Zambrano threw another tantrum, and this time, the Chicago Cubs might be out of patience. They suspended the volatile pitcher indefinitely for his outburst and dugout altercation with teammate Derrek Lee after the first inning of a 6-0 loss to the White Sox on Friday. … Bobby Valentine still may be coming to the Florida Marlins, though just not as quickly as first envisioned. A person familiar with the Marlins’ managerial search said Friday that a scheduled interview with Valentine has been put on hold, yet he remains a top candidate for the job. … A federal bankruptcy judge said Friday that a decision on the Texas Rangers’ plan to repay creditors and sell the team will not be delayed after all, though he warned that the club’s haste could jeopardize the plan’s approval.