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Jeff Pearlman
May 21, 2001
MARLINS 3, PADRES 0 May 13
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May 21, 2001

In The Box

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MARLINS 3, PADRES 0 May 13

There have been overpowering no-hitters and flukey no-hitters, but never has there been a wilder no-hitter than Florida righthander A.J. Burnett's flawed gem. Burnett nearly got his no-no while throwing more balls than strikes. (He wound up with 65 strikes, 63 balls.) He faced a whopping 35 batters, nine of whom he walked and another one of whom he hit with a pitch. The only pitcher to issue more bases on balls during a complete game no-hitter was Cincinnati's Jim Maloney, who on Aug. 19, 1965, walked 10 Cubs—but in 10 innings. If anyone was likely to toss such a wacky no-no, it was Burnett, who off the field is a leather-pants-clad, spike-haired, tattoo-covered, nipple-pierced eccentric. As always, he kept his sense of humor. "I'm not going to lie to anybody," he said of the walk total. "That's ridiculous."

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