TSF Tip-Off For Thursday May 3, 2012: Los Angeles Angels Jered Weaver No-Hits the Twins, Chipper Jones Walks Atlanta Braves Off to Victory, Bryce Harper Shines in Washington Nationals Win
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For seven seasons, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Jered Weaver has been one of baseball’s power pitchers right up there with C.C. Sabathia and Roy Halladay. Last night Weaver’s power was on full display as he struck out nine and walk a lone batter in throwing his first career no-hitter in a 9-0 victory against the Minnesota Twins. Weaver moves on to 4-0 with a .161 ERA and 45 strikeouts.
Chipper Jones has been a thorn in the side of the Philadelphia Phillies for all of his 19 seasons in the major leagues. Jones who announced in spring training that this would be his last season gave the Phillies another reason they would be one of the happiest teams to see him go. Jones hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to give the Atlanta Braves a 15-13 victory, breaking the Braves 8-game losing streak to the Phillies.
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Most of the highlights surrounding Washington Nationals rookie Bryce Harper have shown the catcher turned outfielder’s cannon arm on display. So far this season we haven’t seen much from Harper at the plate but last night was a step in the right direction. Harper had three hits, including one of his two doubles in the ninth inning to set the stage for Ian Desmond’s walk off home run as Nationals rallied to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4.
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