A.J. Burnett (13-3) carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Tuesday against the Cubs. The right-hander did not allow a hit through his first seven innings of work and retired the leadoff batter in the eighth. He then hit Darwin Barney and after striking out Luis Valbuena, surrendered a two-out single to Adrian Cardenas. Burnett admitted he started thinking about a no-hitter in the third or fourth inning. He was visible angry about a 2-2 curve that just missed outside, and he appeared to be yelling at the umpire after the hit. But he struck out David DeJesus with runners on first and third to end the inning.
Burnett tossed a no-hitter back in 2001 against the Padres and came within four outings of doing it again Tuesday. Still, fantasy owners appreciate the complete game shutout as Burnett continues to have a strong campaign in his first season in Pittsburgh. He has gone 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA in his previous five starts.
In other fantasy news…..
- Cliff Lee finally collected his second win of the season Tuesday after throwing seven scoreless innings against the Nationals.
- Mike Trout continues to be Mike Trout.
- Meanwhile, Albert Pujols hit a pair of solo home runs on Tuesday night against the Rangers and is now on pace for another 30+ home run season.
- Matt Harvey took his first loss despite allowing only two earned runs over six innings against the Giants.
- Jered Weaver continues to be brilliant this year as he won his league-leading 14th win in the Angels defeat of the Rangers. Weaver allowed two earned runs on five hits and just one walk with three strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
- Tommy Hanson was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a lower back strain.
- Yasmani Grandal was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. It certainly leaves the Padres wondering who will be able to fill in because Nick Hundley is currently on the disabled list at Triple-A Tucson.
- Francisco Liriano looked sharp in his debut with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night in Minnesota. He allowed two runs on four hits over six innings against his former team.
- Domonic Brown was recalled by the Phillies on Tuesday after the team traded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence at the trade deadline. Brown should get everyday playing time down the stretch. Brown has been a bit of a mystery to the Phillies and fantasy owners. He is extremely talented and many thought he would be contributing at a high level by this point in 2012. However, staying motivated and playing hard seems to be the biggest hurdle for Brown. He has a great opportunity now to prove he can play at this level. He is worth adding in deep mixed leagues and keeper NL-Only leagues.