CINCINNATI - Another hard-throwin' Texan has developed a knack for no-hitters.
Homer Bailey threw his second in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Reds to a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.
Bailey became the third Reds pitcher with more than one no-hitter, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer, the only big-leaguer to toss two straight.
"Every dog has its day twice, I guess," Bailey said. "It felt good to do it in front of the Cincinnati fans."
The last pitcher to throw one no-hitter and then another before anyone else in the majors accomplished the feat was Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, according to STATS. Baseball's career strikeout king did it for the California Angels on Sept. 28, 1974, against Minnesota, and June 1, 1975, vs. Baltimore.
Now, the Ryan Express has a worthy passenger.
"Obviously being from Texas and what a legend he is," said Bailey, who wears No. 34 in tribute to his boyhood idol. "To do it once is extra special. To do it twice - I don't really have the words for it right now."
"He comes from the state of Texas that has produced a lot of no-hitters," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who made the final out in one of Ryan's record seven no-hitters.
Bailey dominated the defending World Series champs, who have scored two runs or fewer in nine of their last 12 games.
"Going into the eighth and ninth I just said, 'Why the hell not? Here we go again,'" Bailey said. '
Cubs wheeling, dealing
The Cubs traded starting pitcher Scott Feldman to the Orioles on Tuesday and former All-Star reliever Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers.
The Cubs received veteran reliever Matt Guerrier for Marmol. They received right-handers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop as well as two international signing bonus slots from the Orioles for Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger.