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Jered Weaver Throws No-Hitter: Angels Pitcher Holds Twins Without Hit In 9-0 Win

By JOE RESNICK 05/ 3/12 02:28 AM ET AP

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Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Minnesota Twins on May 2, 2012.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — His gem complete, Jered Weaver started to sob. Then, there were more tears when his wife and mom and dad joined the Angels ace for a group hug.

Quite an on-field celebration for the California kid. And quite a performance – a no-hitter, for crying out loud.

Weaver pitched the second no-hitter in the majors in less than two weeks, completely overmatching Minnesota and leading Los Angeles to a 9-0 win over the Twins on Wednesday night.

"It was an easy ride," Weaver said.

He's about to get another chance to tame the Twins, too. His next start is scheduled for Monday night at Minnesota.

After Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw a perfect game at Seattle on April 21, Weaver was almost as fine.

"He got pretty emotional, but I think it was more a case of him not believing he did it than anything else," said Weaver's father, Dave. "I'm so happy for him. It's just fantastic."

Weaver struck out nine and walked one. The Twins never came close to getting a hit against the All-Star right-hander, and Weaver knew it.

"I probably started think about it in the third," he said with a laugh. "It's tough not to think about it when you see some goose eggs up there. But in a professional ballgame, you never know what's going to happen. A bloop hit or anything else could happen. A lot of things have got to go your way, and that happened tonight. It still hasn't kicked in. It's pretty awesome."

Weaver (4-0), who played at Long Beach State, began the ninth inning by quickly retiring Jamey Carroll on a routine fly and striking out Denard Span looking.

Weaver then got Alexi Casilla to lift a long fly that right fielder Torii Hunter easily caught at the warning track. Weaver watched his Gold Glove outfielder make the play, and put his hands on his head as the Angels rushed out to mob him.

"Spiderman out there. I knew he had a bead on it," Weaver said of Hunter. "Casilla put a charge in it and Spiderman tracked it down."

An inning earlier, Weaver and his teammates could only hope when Trevor Plouffe lined a shot that hooked foul a few feet before reaching the left-field foul pole.

After that, Weaver finished off the Twins in fast order.

"I was locked in for the most part," he said.

It's just so surreal, man. It's awesome. And to have my family here and my wife, and knowing that my brother was watching, this is an awesome moment," he said.

This was the second Angels no-hitter in less than a year – Ervin Santana pitched one July 27 at Cleveland – and the 10th for the Angels franchise, including four by Nolan Ryan.

Weaver threw 121 pitches, and the cheers from the crowd of 27,288 kept growing louder.

Weaver recalled how he once had a no-hit bid broken up in eighth, and said he was talking five days ago with Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson about coming close.

"C.J. came up to me and said: `Why don't you just go out there and throw a no-hitter?' And I said: `There's no way. There's no chance.' So it's funny that it happened," he said.

Only one Minnesota batter reached base through the first seven innings, and that was when catcher Chris Iannetta committed a passed ball on strike three to Chris Parmelee with two out in the second. Josh Willingham drew the only walk Weaver allowed with two outs in the seventh.

"He dominated us, there's no question about it," Span said. "He was doing everything. He kept us off-balance, changed speeds and finished strong."

The Twins were held hitless for the first time since 1998, when David Wells of the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game against them.

The no-hitter was the highlight for a 29-year-old pitcher who has already compiled quite a resume.

Weaver finished second in the AL Cy Young voting last year after going 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA. He and winner Justin Verlander were the only pitchers listed on every ballot.

Kendrys Morales and Howie Kendrick homered to back Weaver, not that he needed much support.

The Angels' three-game sweep of the Twins included a complete-game three-hit shutout on Tuesday night by Jerome Williams, who retired 18 of his last 19 batters.

The Twins haven't had a hit in the last 15 innings.

It was the first time the Angels had back-to-back complete game wins since 1993 when Chuck Finley and Mark Langston did it.

The Angels built a 6-0 lead against Australian-born Liam Hendriks (0-2).

NOTES: Kendrick hit his fourth homer of the season and drove in three runs.

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  • May 5, 1962, Bo Belinsky vs. Baltimore, 2-0

    Bo Belinsky pitching his no-hitter for the Los Angeles Angels against the Baltimore Orioles on May 5, 1962 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Harold Matosian)

  • July 3, 1970, Clyde Wright vs. Oakland, 4-0

    California Angels' Clyde Wright pitches a no-hitter against the Oakland A's at Anaheim Stadium in July 1970. Wright, who had a dismal 1-8 season the year before, hurled the first American League no-hitter of 1970. The Angels won, 4-0. (AP Photo)

  • May 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan at Kansas City, 3-0

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  • July 15, 1973, Nolan Ryan at Detroit, 6-0

    California pitcher Nolan Ryan, 26, is congratulated by Angels manager Bobby Winkles after Sunday's no-hitter against the Tigers, July 16, 1973. Catcher Art Kusnyer is on right. Angels won 6 to 0 .(AP Photo /Ras) .

  • Sept. 28, 1974, Nolan Ryan vs. Minnesota, 4-0

    California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan (30), center, is surrounded by teammates immediately after he struck out his final batter giving him his third no hitter against the Minnesota Twins at Anaheim Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 30, 1974, Anaheim, Calif. Ryan became the fifth pitcher in baseball history to accomplish this. The teammates are unidentified. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)

  • June 1, 1975, Nolan Ryan vs. Baltimore, 1-0

    California Angels' pitcher Nolan Ryan is surrounded by teammates June 1, 1975 as he leves the field at Anaheim, Calif. after pitching a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles. The game was Ryan's fourth no-hitter of his major league career. (AP Photo/dfs)

  • Sept. 30, 1984, Mike Witt at Texas, 1-0 [Perfect Game]

    California Angels pitcher Mike Witt gets a hug from catcher Bob Boone after Witt pitched a perfect game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on September 30, 1984. (AP Photo)

  • April 11, 1990, Mark Langston (7 innings), Mike Witt (2 inning) vs. Seattle, 1-0

    Mark Langston, California Angels, 1993. (AP Photo) <strong>Game Not Shown</strong>

  • July 27, 2011, Ervin Santana at Cleveland, 3-1

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana, center, celebrates with his teammates after pitching a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in a 3-1 win of a baseball game Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

  • May 2, 2012, Jered Weaver vs. Minnesota, 9-0

    ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 02: Starting pitcher Jered Weaver #36 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acknowledges the fans after throwing a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 2, 2012 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Twins 9-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


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