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Reds’ Bailey throws his 2nd career no-hitter

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey is mobbed by his teammates after his no-hitter. (AP-Yonhap News)
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey is mobbed by his teammates after his no-hitter. (AP-Yonhap News)
CINCINNATI (AP) ― Homer Bailey fretted for a moment as first baseman Joey Votto reached to pluck the ball out of the air for the final out. What next? Raise both arms in celebration.

Bailey has this no-hitter celebration down pat ― just like his idol, Nolan Ryan.

Another hard-throwin’ Texan who wears No. 34 made some no-hit history Tuesday night. Bailey threw his second in 10 months and led the Cincinnati Reds’ infield celebration with arms raised after a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

There was a bit of been-there, done-that in the humid night air.

“It’s something I’ve already done, so I knew what to expect,” Bailey said of his easy-as-could-be step into rare territory.

Bailey became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer ― still the only big leaguer to toss two in a row. Bailey beat the Pirates 1-0 in Pittsburgh last Sept. 28 and got another 17 starts later.

This one was at home with 27,509 fans standing and chanting “Homer! Homer!” as he finished it off in a tidy 102 pitches with one walk and nine strikeouts.

The defending World Series champions had only one moment when they thought they might get a hit.

“It was a pretty easy no-hitter,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We didn’t hit too many balls hard. There weren’t any tough plays. We only hit a couple balls decent. He was really overmatching us all night.”

Yes, it was reminiscent of that Hall of Famer from Texas who holds the record with seven no-hitters. And they now have more than just their home state in common.

Bailey threw the last of the majors’ seven no-hitters last season, and now the first of 2013.

NY Yankees 7, Minnesota 3

LA Dodgers 8, Colorado 0

Milwaukee 4, Washington 0

Philadelphia 3, Pittsburgh 1

Detroit 7, Toronto 6

Boston 4, San Diego 1

Atlanta 11, Miami 3

NY Mets 9, Arizona 1

Seattle 9, Texas 2

Chicago White Sox 5, Baltimore 2

Cleveland 6, Kansas City 5

Tampa Bay 8, Houston 0

LA Angels 5, St. Louis 1

Oakland 8, Chicago Cubs 7
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