"Going through a big-league lineup three times without anyone getting a hit -- that's pretty impossible." So said Chicago White Sox leftie Mark Buehrle moments after beautifully blanking Your Texas Rangers last night, throwing a no-hitter that was one fifth-inning walk away from being pitch-perfect. And even then, he managed to pick off Sammy Sosa, the only Ranger to get on base. Hence, the mere 27 batters faced.
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And we might agree with Buehrle, if only the Rangers' stats didn't suggest that, at least so far this season, they're barely a big-league lineup. Sorry, but a .221 team batting average with 66 runs thus far -- 12 of those belonging to one man, Ian Kinsler -- is pretty minor-league stuff. The only team with a worse collective batting average? The Chicago White Sox. And a good morning to you, sports fan. --Robert Wilonsky