"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.
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
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