Happening Elsewhere: Matt Garza Throws a No-Hitter, Nation Feigns Interest

Happening Elsewhere: Matt Garza Throws a No-Hitter, Nation Feigns Interest

Hey, you know what we should start calling 2010? The "Year of the Pitcher"! 'Coz, you know, pitchers are good and stuff again! They have low ERAs and high win totals and throw no-hitters and perfect games every night! Take that, steroid era!

Rays righty Matt Garza threw the fifth no-hitter of the '10 season (and the first no-no in Rays history) last night at the expense of the Detroit Tigers, as TB took the contest by a score of 5-0. Really, it was pretty damn close to being the third perfect game (fourth, unofficial) of the season as well--Garza let on just one baserunner the whole night, Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch, who drew a walk before being retired in a double play hit by the very next batter. 27 up, 27 down--sounds pretty close to a perfect game to me.

As you no doubt noted from my nauseating abuse of the sarcastic exclamation mark above, however, it's hard for me (or most other baseball fans, I imagine) to get too excited about Garza's accomplishment. It really does seem like just about every week or two this season that we have a new no-hitter to lionize, or some other impressive pitching-related achievement to rave on and on about. It's cool and all, and I'm sure Rays fans are pretty jazzed about it, but this is a season where pitching efforts need to really verge on the historic to be of legitimate interest. 

And actually, that could have been last night. Despite the final score implying a relatively lopsided affair, the game was actually hitless through six on both sides, with the Tigers' Max Scherzer matching Garza pitch for pitch. I had visions of the contest becoming what I can only assume would have to be the first-ever full pro game to not feature a single base hit, especially as the Rays loaded the bases in the sixth on a combination of walks and a bizarre call of catcher's interference. Then shortstop Matt Joyce had to go and ruin the fun by capping the inning with a two-out grand slam. Phooey.

But yeah, just a boring ol' no-hitter? Whatevs, yo. Just means it's probably time to skip SportsCenter for the next 24 hours.

Former Eagles QB Tim Tebow hits home run on first pitch in first pro at bat

Former Eagles QB Tim Tebow hits home run on first pitch in first pro at bat

Well, heck. Look at that.

Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback prospect for many teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, hit a home run in his first at bat as a professional baseball player.

And not only did he hit a home run in his first at bat, it was on the FIRST PITCH he saw in a game for the Mets team in the Port St. Lucie instructional league in Florida.

I wonder if Phillies' reliever David Hernandez saw Tebow's dinger.

You think the Mets can call him up for the postseason or what?

TEBOW TIME! In his first live-action AB, Tim Tebow hits a solo HR to left-center.

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First instructional league at-bat. First pitch. First HOME RUN. @TimTebow, everybody.

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NFL Notes: Texans place J.J. Watt on IR; Dez Bryant misses practice

NFL Notes: Texans place J.J. Watt on IR; Dez Bryant misses practice

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans placed star defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve on Wednesday.

The move came one day after a person familiar with Watt's condition told The Associated Press he had re-injured his back and that the Texans expect him to be sidelined until at least December — and possibly the entire season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't discussed his injury.

Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He started each of the team's three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.

The Texans signed veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to take his spot on the roster.

The team was still exploring the injury and it's unclear if it will require surgery.

It's a major blow for Houston, which selected Watt with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Watt has played 83 consecutive games for the Texans despite various injuries, including torn core muscles and a broken hand last season.

This was a tough offseason for Watt, who had surgery in January to repair five torn core muscles before going under the knife again in July to repair his back.

Watt, who led the NFL with 17 1/2 sacks last season, has 1 1/2 sacks this season to give him 76 for his career.

The 27-year-old is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and a four-time Pro Bowler. He's been a force since entering the league not only because of his pass-rushing prowess, but also because of his uncanny ability to swat down passes. He has 45 passes defended in his six-year career. He has forced 15 fumbles and recovered 13.

Cowboys: Dez Bryant (knee) misses practice
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas receiver Dez Bryant won't practice Wednesday after injuring his right knee in last week's win over Chicago.

Bryant injured the knee on his first catch early in the game but came back in the first quarter. He caught his first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter of the 31-17 win.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team didn't have results of an MRI, and Bryant tweeted, "We'll find out today," to a fan who asked about his status.

Bryant missed seven games last year after breaking his foot in the opener. He also dealt with ankle injuries last season.

The Cowboys visit San Francisco on Sunday.

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