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MLB noteboook — Sept. 29

Associated Press Homer Bailey celebrated the most unforgettable night of his still blossoming career in a quiet hotel bar with a handful of Cincinnati Reds teammates, who made sure the first Reds pitcher in 24 years to throw a no-hitter didn’t have to pick up the tab. There, over bourbon on the rocks, Bailey did his best to answer each of the 140-plus congratulatory messages he received from well-wishers while trying not to let his 1-0 masterpiece over the floundering Pittsburgh Pirates go to his head. Asked on Saturday if he’d come back to earth after experiencing such a lofty high, the 26-year-old right-hander couldn’t stifle a grin. “Hangovers usually do that, yeah,” Bailey said with a laugh. Mild headache aside, Bailey went through his usual post-start routine on Saturday, getting in a little light throwing and running in while a member of the clubhouse staff cut out a newspaper picture of Bailey’s arms aloft in triumph. At one point Bailey hopped onto a computer to watch video of his 115-pitch gem, focusing on a ninth inning in which he racked up three routine outs, the final one coming on a shallow pop to second baseman Brandon Phillips to finish off baseball’s seventh no-hitter of the season. There were other starts this year, Bailey admitted, when he had better stuff. None of them, however, produced the kind of brilliance he showcased while striking out 10 batters against just one walk. It was the kind of performance the Reds envisioned when they took Bailey with the seventh overall pick of the 2004 draft. “We’re not done yet, we’ve still got five games left,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll get on a roll before we get in the playoffs and hopefully I’ll be a part of that.”


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