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Anibal Sanchez says Mama knows best

Fortified by his mother’s pancakes, Anibal Sanchez was unhittable for 100 pitches Sunday.

Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 11 to help the Florida Marlins salvage the final game of their series against Washington, 8-0.

The announced crowd of 10,523 in Miami included Sanchez’s mother, Evelia, visiting from Venezuela.

“She made me breakfast this morning, so that’s why I threw a game like that,” Sanchez said.

But shouldn’t he be the one doing the cooking on Mother’s Day?

“I’m supposed to,” he said with a smile, “but I’m the baby.”

Washington’s first hit came on the 101st pitch from Sanchez, when Laynce Nix led off the seventh with a line single to right, just beyond the reach of a diving outfielder Mike Stanton.

THIS ONE’S ON ME, GUYS

Justin Verlander was picking up the check. The steaks and wine were on him, and why not?

He had just pitched the second no-hitter of his career, and after he made sure the Blue Jays pretty much came nowhere near the ball, he made sure his teammates came nowhere near the bill for dinner at Barberian’s Steak House in downtown Toronto.

Alex Avila, who caught the no-hitter, appreciated the gesture.

“Those times are the best, when you can just enjoy something like that, celebrate something as historic as a no-hitter with people you care about,” Avila said. “It was a good time, a good meal. It was definitely the best steak and the best wine I’ve ever had.”

JETER STOPS THINKING SO MUCH

Derek Jeter quit thinking about it and just started trying to hit the ball again. That philosophy is starting to pay off for the New York Yankees and their much-scrutinized leadoff hitter.

Jeter homered twice after going 62 games without a long ball and finished with four hits to raise his batting average 20 points as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers, 12-5, on Sunday, winning two of three in the series.

SHORT HOPS

The Philadelphia Phillies placed catcher Carlos Ruiz on the disabled list because of inflammation in his back. Ruiz is hitting .226 with two homers and nine RBI. … The New York Mets placed right-hander Chris Young on the disabled list with shoulder tightness. The team also transferred Johan Santana to the 60-day DL to free up space on the 40-man roster. Santana has been rehabbing in Florida after shoulder surgery last September. … The Houston Astros placed outfielder Jason Bourgeois on the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain. … Boston shortstop Marco Scutaro went on the 15-day DL for the same reason. … Minnesota left-hander Francisco Liriano has had his next start pushed back a day because of flu symptoms. Liriano threw a no-hitter Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. … Texas right-hander Alexi Ogando was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday because of a blister on his pitching hand.

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