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    Mark Buehrle Throws Perfect Game in White Sox 5-0 Win Over Rays

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    27 up, 27 down – Mark Buehrle entered the history books by throwing the 18th perfect game in Major League history.  It was the 1st perfect game thrown in the big leagues since the Diamondback’s Randy Johnson threw a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves back in 2004.  Manager Ozzie Guillen and outfielder DeWayne Wise get a big assist – Guillen inserted Wise into the game in the 9th inning in center field for defensive purposes.  The Rays gabe Kapler hit a bomb to left center field that Wise tracked down and knocked back into the playing field by leaping over the center field fence.  The ball almost popped out of Wise’s glove, but as he fell to the ground, he managed to scoop the ball up bear-handed and put it back in his glove to preserve the out.  Buerhle then struck out Michel Hernandez and got Jason Bartlett to ground out to shortstop to complete the 116-pitch perfect game.

    Buerhle had this to say about Wise’s catch and the amazing feat – – “I was hoping it was staying in there, give him enough toom to catch it.  I know the guys were doing everything they could to save the no-hitter, the perfect game, whatever it might be… I don’t know if it’s really sunk in yet.  We have a short flight to Detroit.  I’m sure it will be a little hectic later.”

    Buerhle faced the minimum 27 batters back in his April 2007 no-hitter against the Texas Rangers.  He picked off Sammy Sosa after walking him to negate the perfect game.  He became only the 2nd player to throw 2 no-hitters in a White Sox uniform – Frank Smith did so against Detroit in 1905 and against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908.  Charles Robertson threw the White Sox’ only other perfect game back in 1922 against the Detroit Tigers.

    President Barack Obama – a lifelong White Sox fan – called Buerhle after the win to offer his congratulations.  And while it probably doesn’t mean as much – congrats to you Mark from all of us here at!

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