The Phillies opened up a three game series against the Pirates, who entered having won nine straight games and with MLB's best record at 51-30. Jonathan Pettibone got the start looking for his fourth win of the year. He went 5.2 innings allowing one run on just three hits while striking out six. The Phillies exploded (?) for three runs in the sixth inning and that is all they would need as they would roll to a 3-1 victory over the Pirates, snapping their nine-game winning streak. More here.
It comes as no surprise that the Flyers made a splash in the offseason. Last night, former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million deal with the Flyers. He will carry a cap hit of $4.5 million and reportedly received a no-movement clause. The 6'4", 208 lbs. center scored 10 goals and added 22 assists in 39 games last year for Tampa. More here.
The last no-hitter thrown in Major League Baseball was on September 28th last year, a 1-0 Reds victory over the Pirates. Homer Bailey, the starter in that game, was looking for his second career no hitter last night against the San Francisco Giants. Bailey would walked Gregor Blanco to lead off the seventh inning which broke up the perfect game but Bailey rebounded to toss his second career no-hitter. The last time the Giants were no-hit was in April, 2003 against then-Phillies starter Kevin Millwood. Cincinnati won the game 3-0. More here.