ARLINGTON, Texas — Joe Mauer’s clean single to center field with one out in the ninth inning broke up the no-hit bid of four Texas Rangers pitchers.

The Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 on Monday night in the fifth no-hitter this season broken up in the ninth inning.

Starter Rich Harden was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and he went 62/3 innings before being lifted after throwing 111 pitches. Matt Harrison got the final out of the seventh. Darren O’Day pitched the eighth and All-Star closer Neftali Feliz got one in the ninth before Mauer singled.

Texas prevailed in the matchup of division leaders but fell two outs shy of its first no-hitter since Kenny Rogers’ perfect game against California on July 28, 1994.

There have been five no-hitters this season, including perfect games by Oakland’s Dallas Braden and Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay. The last no-hitter was Matt Garza of Tampa Bay against Detroit on July 26.

The home plate umpire Monday night was Jim Joyce. He was the first base umpire who made the incorrect call with two outs in the ninth inning that cost Detroit Armando Galarraga a perfect game.

Harden (5-4) struck out six and walked five, the last Michael Cuddyer and that brought Manager Ron Washington to the mound for a lengthy discussion. It wasn’t until Joyce came to the mound, where the entire Rangers infield was already patting Harden on the back, that the pitching change was made.

Day, a submarine-throwing right-hander, got a fortunate bounce off for an out when Delmon Young’s leadoff grounder in the eighth ricocheted off first base. Rookie Mitch Moreland retrieved the ball and flipped to O’Day for the out.

Feliz had walked a batter in the ninth before Mauer broke up the no-hit bid.

Harden, who had been on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, walked the leadoff hitters in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but his infield turned double plays in the fifth and sixth.


BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 2: Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer, then added a tiebreaking solo drive in the eighth inning for his 40th of the season, and Toronto picked up a home win.

It was the sixth multihomer game of the season for Bautista, who leads the majors in home runs.

He’s the first Toronto player to reach the 40-homer plateau since Carlos Delgado hit 42 in 2003.

Toronto has a major league-leading 190 home runs this season, including 105 at home. Twenty-five of Bautista’s homers have come at home.


TIGERS 12, ROYALS 3: Ryan Raburn drove in three runs and scored twice to help the Tigers continue a strong homestand. Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge also drove in three runs for Detroit, which is 4-0 since returning home and have outscored its opponents 31-6.

Four of Detroit’s runs came immediately after the three intentional walks ordered by Royals Manager Ned Yost in the fifth and sixth innings.


CARDINALS 10, PIRATES 2: Albert Pujols hit a three-run home run one pitch after injured Pirates starter Ross Ohlendorf was pulled during a four-run St. Louis first inning, and the Cardinals moved to within a game of the NL wild card lead by winning in Pittsburgh.

Kyle Lohse (2-5), making his second start since spending nearly three months on the disabled list with a right forearm injury, pitched five scoreless innings before giving up Garrett Jones’ two-run homer in the sixth. Lohse was lifted one out later, but still won for the first time since May 17 against Washington.


CUBS 9, NATIONALS 1: Interim manager Mike Quade got his first major league win, and so did Casey Coleman. The post-Lou Piniella Cubs are off to quite a start. Coleman, a rookie right-hander, took a one-hitter into the seventh, and Quade had a successful debut with a road win.


ASTROS 3, PHILLIES 2: Brett Myers threw seven sharp innings against his former team, Carlos Lee hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth and the Astros won in Philadelphia.


DON’T FEEL too sorry for the cellar-dwelling Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins. Losing has been profitable.

According to team financial documents released by, the Pirates made nearly $29.4 million in 2007 and 2008. Marlins President David Samson says the team’s profits of $49 million in 2008-09 were needed to ensure being able to borrow money to help finance a new ballpark.

Financial statements acquired by show the Marlins had operating income of $37.8 million in 2008 and $11.1 million in 2009.


RANGERS: Activated right-hander Rich Harden and catcher Matt Treanor from the 15-day disabled list before Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Harden started for the AL West-leading Rangers in the opener of a four-game series.


TWINS: Left-handed reliever Ron Mahay is out for the rest of the season with a torn right rotator cuff. The Twins got better news on right-handed starter Kevin Slowey, out with a mild muscle strain in his right triceps.


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