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Gardenhire upset about allowing Weaver no-hitter

The Sports Xchange

By now, the gory details have become all-too familiar for a Twins starting rotation better fitted for cement shoes than a major league staff.

Not that it mattered much on this night, when Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver delivered a masters course in how to dominate opposing hitters.

Weaver no-hit the Twins 9-0 Wednesday night, laying waste to a punch less lineup that failed to score for the second consecutive game and piling more shame on a Twins season racing to the bottom.

He struck out nine and allowed one walk, needing 121 pitches to complete a three-game series sweep and become the first pitcher to no-hit Minnesota since David Wells of the New York Yankees on May 17, 1998.

The Twins managed two base runners when Weaver walked Josh Willingham in the eighth and in the second when Chris Parmelee reached first on a passed ball after striking out swinging.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire begrudgingly offered his congratulations to Weaver during a terse post-game news conference in which he blasted starting pitcher Liam Hendriks and the rest of his team for playing tepid.

"A terrible night for Twins baseball. Got dominated by a very good pitcher over there but we played terrible," said Gardenhire. "We didn't pitch worth a crap. Not aggressive. Missed a play or two and got no hit by a very good pitcher over there."

Minnesota's rotation has a 7.10 ERA, which is the worst in baseball.

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