CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 27: Starting pitcher Ervin Santana #54 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates with his teammates after throwing a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 27, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Angels defeated the Indians 3-1.
Get a whiff
Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians wasn't the only one swinging and missing on a pitch from Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana on July 27 in Cleveland. The Indians did manage to score a run however. The Angels defeated the Indians 3-1. Getty ImagesJason Miller
Before he tossed a no-hitter on July 27, Angels starter Ervin Santana had not ever beaten the Indians. Getty ImagesJason Miller
Angels' Ervin Santana pitches against the Indians in the ninth inning. Santana tossed a no-hitter to beat Cleveland 3-1. He told reporters later that he had a recently deceased loved one on his mind.
Santana takes a deep breath and celebrates his achievement with shortstop Erick Aybar after pitching a no-hitter on July 27 in Cleveland.
Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels is mobbed by his teammates in celebration after finishing his no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 27. Getty ImagesJason Miller
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana celebrates after an impromptu shower to celebrate his no-hitter vs. the Indians on July 27 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Angels won 3-1. Santana (6-8) allowed just two base runners. The first came on a leadoff error, the next on a walk in the eighth inning. The error allowed Ezequiel Carrera to reach base and eventually score on a wild pitch, accounting for the Indians’ lone run.
On his game
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was looking strong against the Toronto Blue Jays during fourth inning in Toronto Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Detroit's Justin Verlander works against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 7, during the sixth inning. He was throwing a perfect game into the 8th inning.
Verlander smiles on the mound before throwing warm-up pitches in the bottom of the ninth inning. This was a familiar feeling for him as he had already thrown one no-hitter in his career.
Catcher Alex Avila was the first to the mound to help Verlander celebrate after the last out.
Teammates rush out to celebrate with Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander after he threw a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, right, and manager Jim Leyland embrace after Verlander threw a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays` in Toronto on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander acknowledges the crowd (those who are left) after throwing a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday, May 7, 2011. This was Verlander's second career no-hitter.
A teammate (not shown) of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander douses him with water after he threw a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Not perfect, but so what
Liriano was a little wild on May 3, walking six and striking out only two, but he made the big pitches when he needed them on the way to a 1-0 no-hitter vs. the White Sox.
Don't jinx it!
Liriano and Butera talked plenty throughout the game, but you can bet his catcher never mentioned the no-hit bid.
What's on your mind?
''To be honest I was running out of gas,'' Liriano said. ''I just thank my teammates that they made some great plays behind me tonight.''
The Twins' Alexi Casilla looks up at second base umpire Rob Drake as he calls Casilla out at second after Casilla tried to stretch his single into a double during the third inning.
Worth the trip
A pair of Twins fans celebrate the no-hitter.
Couldn't do it without ya
Liriano celebrates with catcher Drew Butera after his first career no-hitter and first complete game. He entered the game with a 1-4 record and 9.13 ERA.
Twins lefty Francisco Liriano is mobbed by teammates on May 3, after throwing the first no-hitter of 2011, a 1-0 win over the White Sox in Chicago.
No one wanted to hear what Ozzie Guillen had to say after watching his struggling team get no-hit.
Don't lose that souvenir
Liriano's cap, glove and game ball sit in the dugout as he gives a radio interview.