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MLB notes: No-hitter for O’s; Former Pirates coach dies

Orioles’ lefty no-hits Seattle

SEATTLE — John Means threw the major leagues’ third no-hitter this season and came within a wild pitch on a third strike of a perfect game, pitching the Baltimore Orioles over the Seattle Mariners 6-0 Wednesday.

Means (4-0) struck out 12 and walked none. Seattle’s runner was Sam Haggerty after he struck out swinging on a curveball in the dirt on a 1-2 count with one outs in the third inning that bounced away from catcher Pedro Severino.

Haggerty wasn’t on base long, getting thrown out attempting to steal second.

Means threw 79 strikes among 113 pitches, including first-pitch strikes to 26 of 27 batters. When Seattle did make contact against the 28-year-old left-hander, it was weak and there were no threats to fall in for a hit.

Means lowered his ERA to 1.37 and became the first individual Orioles pitcher to toss a no-hitter since Jim Palmer in 1969. It was the 10th no-hitter in franchise history — six in Baltimore after four as the St. Louis Browns.

Ex-Bucs coach dead at 76

MINNEAPOLIS — Ray Miller, the former Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles manager who spent 42 years in professional baseball and served as the pitching coach for three Cy Young award winners, has died. He was 76.

The Twins said Miller died Tuesday night. No cause was announced.

Miller’s record as a major league manager was 266-297, with the Twins from 1985-86 and the Orioles from 1998-99.

Miller had a 10-year run in Pittsburgh as pitching coach, which included Doug Drabek’s Cy Young season (1990). He was hired again as a manager in Baltimore, a two-season stint that featured the decision by Cal Ripken Jr. to end his all-time record consecutive games streak.

The Associated Press

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