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Ex-Pirates P no-hits Texas

The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove pitched the first no-hitter in the history of his hometown team, allowing only one baserunner in a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

The Padres were the only active MLB franchise without a no-hitter, and it came in their 8,206th regular-season game — from a 28-year-old who grew up just down the road in El Cajon, California.

“It’s awesome to have it be in a Padres uniform,” said Musgrove, who had never thrown a no-hitter at any level. “To have it be the first in the history of the franchise, that’s incredible.”

In only his second start for San Diego, Musgrove (2-0) struck out 10 and faced 28 batters, one over the minimum.

The only Rangers baserunner was Joey Gallo, who was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning.

“There was like three different scenarios where I thought I lost it,” Musgrove said.

Musgrove (2-0), who threw 77 of his 112 pitches for strikes, is in his sixth major league season. He previously pitched for Houston (2016-17) and Pittsburgh (2018-20) and never had thrown a complete game in his previous 84 career starts.

“I’m freaking exhausted, man,” he said. “There was no way I was coming out of that game.”

It was the first no-hitter in the majors this season and only the second complete game. According to Baseball-Reference, there had been 307 no-hitters in MLB history before Musgrove and the Padres.

Pirates usher dies at 102

PITTSBURGH — Phil Coyne, who spent more than 80 years ushering Pittsburgh Pirates fans to their seats through varying stages of success and failure by the team, has died. He was 102.

The team said Coyne died Friday. No cause of death was given.

Coyne began working for the Pirates in 1936. For the next eight decades, he served as a fixture in the stands as the franchise moved from Forbes Field to Three Rivers Stadium to PNC Park.

The club estimated he worked more than 6,000 games, a span that included three World Series titles and a close-up look at the Hall of Fame careers of Roberto Clemente and Bill Mazeroski and the meteoric rise of Barry Bonds and Andrew McCutchen.

Coyne, who retired in 2018, worked between sections 26 and 27 at PNC Park, just down the third-base line from home plate. The team placed a plaque in Coyne’s section as a testament to his importance to the club.

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