Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (34) celebrates with Cincinnati Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (34) celebrates with Cincinnati Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan (29) after getting the final out of a no-hitter in a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. The Reds won 1-0.
The Reds' Homer Bailey delivers to the Pirates on his way to the season's seventh no-hitter, matching a modern record for the major leagues. Bailey struck out 10 and walked one in the 1-0 victory on Sept. 28.
Moment of truth
The scoreboard tells the story as Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey throws to his last batter, the Pirates' Alex Presley. Presley flew out to second baseman Brandon Phillips in short right-center field. Bailey threw 115 pitches for his no-hitter.
Hug it out
Homer Bailey gets a huge hug from his catcher, Ryan Hanigan, after the last out of his no-hitter at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
Cool him off
Reds teammate Bronson Arroyo douses Homer Bailey and everyone soaks up the celebration after Bailey finished off his no-hitter. It was the 15th no-no in the club's long history and the first since 1988.
All wet but all right
The postgame dousing couldn't wipe off the smile for Homer Bailey as his teammates continue the no-hitter celebration on the PNC Park field. If he was going to no-hit anyone, it's not surprising the victim was the Pirates. All four of his major-league complete games have been against Pittsburgh.
Enjoy the moment
The hugs and backslaps from his Reds teammates were the most solid contact of the night against Homer Bailey on the PNC Park field on his no-hitter night of Sept. 28.
Racking them up
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has made no secret of his desire to throw a perfect game. On Aug. 15, he achieved his goal. ''It was in my mind, the whole game, it was in my mind,'' Hernandez said.
You can't throw a perfect game without a lot of help from your catcher. Seattle Mariners catcher John Jaso was on both ends of a perfect game this season. The M's were blanked by Philip Humber of the White Sox earlier this season.
Roar of the crowd
Seattle Mariners fans in the "Kings Court" section cheer for each strikeout by Felix Hernandez at Safeco Field.
Kiss the sky
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez kisses his right wrist as he reacts after throwing a perfect game on Aug. 15 in Seattle. The Mariners scored only one run, but that was enough.
First on the scene
Justin Smoak rushes in to congratulate Felix Hernandez after the ace threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 15.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, middle, is mobbed by teammates after his perfect game. There have been only 23 perfect games in MLB history.
Shriek with delight
Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners and his teammates delight in the moment as Felix joins the elite group of pitchers who've achieved perfection. The ace threw this season's third perfecto.
Starting pitcher Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners was dowsed with water after his perfect game in Seattle.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez waves to the appreciative Seattle crowd after a postgame interview about his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 15.
San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain lets a pitch fly in the third inning against the Houston Astros at AT&T Park on Wednesday, June 13. By the end of the night, Cain will enter the record books with the first perfect game in the franchise's 130-year history.
San Francisco right fielder Gregor Blanco pulls in what seemed to be a for-sure, extra-base hit by Houston's Jordan Schafer. The amazing defensive gem, which was made more toward center field, was the first out of the seventh inning and kept Matt Cain's perfect game intact.
The K's on the wall in the seventh inning display 12 strikeouts by Matt Cain. The right-hander would fan two more Astros for a career-high 14 punchouts.
One to go
With 26 consecutive Astros retired, Matt Cain pitches to pinch-hitter Jason Castro in the ninth inning. On Cain's 125th pitch of the night, Castro would ground out to third as Cain completed the 10-0 victory and the 22nd perfect game in major league history.
It took 130 years, but the Giants finally have a pitcher who threw a perfect game in Matt Cain. From the franchise's New York start in 1883 through its move to San Francisco in 1958, not even greats like Christy Mathewson, Carl Hubbell, Juan Marichal or Gaylord Perry accomplished the feat.
Let the celebration begin
Teammates swarm Matt Cain after he completes the fifth no-hitter of the season. Cain joined Chicago White Sox right-hander Phillip Humber as perfect-game pitchers of 2012. It's the second time in three years there have been two perfectos in the same season — before that, the only other time was in 1880.
Matt Cain acknowledges the San Francisco crowd after tossing the 14th no-hitter in franchise history. Cain's masterpiece featured a pair of great plays by his corner outfielders, Melky Cabrera in the sixth and Gregor Blanco in the seventh. "Those were unbelievable catches," Cain said after the game. "I mean that right there, that changes the whole thing."
Proud of her man
Matt Cain celebrates with his wife Chelsea after tossing a perfect game against the Houston Astros in San Francisco on June 13, 2012. Chelsea later said she was shaking thorugh the whole game. Once she made it down to the field to congraulate Matt, they two spent an hour and a half on the field taking pictures of the scene and posing with workers.
The Mariners beat the Dodgers 1-0 on June 8, 2012, in a six-pitcher combined no-hitter. From left: Kevin Millwood went six innings; Charlie Furbush handled 2/3; game-winner Stephen Pryor and Lucas Luetge each faced one batter; Brandon League got two batters out; and Wilhelmsen piched the ninth and got the save.
Montero hugs sixth of six
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero caught the whole game, a battery mate to six Mariners pitchers, ending with closer Tom Wilhelmsen. The Dodgers came into the game with the best record in baseball, while the Mariners are now six games under .500, in third place in the AL West.
We (all) did it!
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero celebrates with closer Tom Wilhelmsen after the final out against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a game on June 8, 2012, in Seattle.
Whole lotta love
Closing pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, left, of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with catcher Jesus Montero after a combined no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Safeco Field on June 8, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners defeated the Dodgers 1-0.
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Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, left, faces skyward as Ichiro Suzuki celebrates after the team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on June 8, 2012, in a six-pitcher combined no-hitter.
Six pitchers, one catcher
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero seems the happiest of all the Mariners, and why not. He played the whole game, catching six different Seattle pitchers for the collective no-hitter.
The scoreboard tells the story: Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on June 8, 2012, in Seattle. It's the fourth no-hitter of 2012 but the least conventional, tying the record for most pitchers in a no-hitter (6). ''That was unbelievable. I've never been a part of anything like that with that many guys coming in and keeping the no-hitter intact,'' said Kyle Seager, who drove in Ichiro Suzuki with a two-out single in the seventh, the game's only run.
Six pitchers, no hits
Seattle Mariners head in from the bullpen as a sign flashes "No-Hitter!!" Starter Kevin Millwood threw six no-hit innings, but when he came out to warm up for the seventh inning, he experienced a mild right groin strain after throwing just one practice pitch and had to come out of the game.
Santana getting started
New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning on June 1, 2012, at Citi Field in New York. Santana, who missed last season with shoulder surgery, was scheduled by manager Terry Collins to throw a maximum of 110-115 pitches in the game.
Fair or foul?
Mets pitcher Johan Santana's no-hitter may have been saved by an umpire's mistake. In the sixth inning, the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran hit a ball down the third-base line, landing just beyond the bag. Umpire Adrian Johnson ruled that it was foul but replays showed that the ball hit the foul line, indicating that the umpire's call may have been incorrect.
Saving the day
New York Mets right fielder Mike Baxter makes a running catch against the left field wall of a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Baxter held on to the ball, crashed into the wall and went down on the warning track.
Santana owes Baxter big
New York Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis (right) signals for help from the bench after Mike Baxter injured himself crashing into the wall making a catch in the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Baxter, who saved Johan Santana's no-hitter with the dramatic catch, came out of the game.
New York Mets catcher Josh Thole runs to hug starting pitcher Johan Santana after the final out of Santana's no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history.
New York Mets teammates surround starting pitcher Johan Santana after the final out of his no-hitter. Santana threw a career-high 134 pitches in the game, won by the Mets 8-0.
How sweet it is
New York Mets second baseman Justin Turner gives starting pitcher Johan Santana a whipped-cream pie in the face after Santana's no-no.
Fans at Citi Field got a nice view of the aftermath of Johan Santana's whipped-cream pie in the face after he recorded the final out of his no-hitter.
Bubbly in the Big Apple
New York Mets teammates douse starting pitcher Johan Santana with champagne after he threw the first no-hitter in Mets history against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mets won 8-0.
Jered Weaver grew up in Southern California as a Dodgers fan — but on May 2, he made history for the Angels, throwing a no-hitter vs. the Twins in Anaheim.
Jered Weaver can hardly believe it, but it's true — the Angels ace beams on May 2 after no-hitting the Twins in Anaheim in a 9-0 LA win.
First in line
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta is the first of many postgame well-wishers after Jered Weaver's no-hitter on May 2 over the Twins. Weaver's feat was the second no-hitter of the season — a little more than a week after the White Sox's Phil Humber threw a perfect game against the Mariners.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver gets a hug and kiss from his wife Kristin after his accomplishment on May 2.
Tears all around
Jered Weaver embraces his father Dave as his mother Gail and wife Kristin look on following his no-hitter. Weaver and his older brother, former major leaguer Jeff, began planting their baseball roots in Southern California as children.
Angels LF Vernon Wells douses pitcher Jered Weaver after the ace threw a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins on May 2. The Angels won 9-0.
Angels pitcher Jered Weaver poses with father Dave, mother Gail and wife Kristin after throwing a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium on May 2. Weaver's parents attend nearly all of Weaver's home starts.
Philip Humber's perfect outing
Philip Humber threw a perfect game on April 21. The final out occurred on a checked swing by Seattle's Brendan Ryan. Ryan missed at a full-count pitch, but the ball eluded catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who threw to first base to complete the play.
White Sox starter Philip Humber reacts after the final out of his perfect game on April 21. It's the third perfect game in franchise history as Humber joins Mark Buehrle (vs. Tampa Bay, July 23, 2009) and Charles Robertson (at Detroit, April 30, 1922).
White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber celebrates after recording the final out of the 21st perfect game in major league history. Humber and the Sox beat the Mariners 4-0 at Safeco Field on April 21.
Would you believe ...
... Phil Humber was once a member of the New York Mets, one of two teams — the other the San Diego Padres — never to toss a no-hitter? Humber was the third overall draft pick by the Mets in 2004, but was dealt to the Twins in 2008 in a trade that involved Johan Santana. The right-hander was acquired by the White Sox on waivers from Oakland in January 2011.
South Side pile-up
Teammates mob Chicago starter Philip Humber after the right-hander records the final out of a perfect game against Seattle on April 21. Humber struck out nine and reached a three-ball count only three times, while needing just 96 pitches to toss the first perfect game since Philly's Roy Halladay beat the Marlins on May 29, 2010.
Philip Humber waves to the Safeco Field crowd after his masterpiece on Saturday. It was the third no-hitter against the Mariners. Angels Mark Langston and Mike Witt combined on one on April 11, 1990, and Dwight Gooden, while pitching for the Yankees, threw one on May 14, 1996.
White Sox righty Philip Humber receives a celebratory bath from a teammate after tossing his perfect game on April 21. After the game, Humber said, "This is awesome. ... Obviously the ball was hit at people. I'm thankful for that. It was a well-pitched game. Definitely something I'll never forget."