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The Juice: A.J. Burnett carries no-hitter into seventh inning, records 2,000th career strikeout

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Burnett reaches milestone, flirts with history: The 9,750 fans on hand at PNC Park gave A.J. Burnett a well deserved standing ovation in the second inning when he caught Carlos Beltran looking for career strikeout No. 2,000. He kept those fans on their feet (or at least on the edge of their seats) into the seventh, when the same Carlos Beltran ended his bid for no-hitter with a ringing two-out double.

It was a thrilling ride and a great outing, though Burnett was admittedly disappointed he was unable to close the deal.

''Absolutely,'' Burnett said. ''My goal every time out is to throw a no-hitter. I know they are major league hitters that I'm facing and I respect them, but my job is not to give up hits. You should go to the mound with that mindset.''

Of course Burnett already has one no-hitter under his belt. That came as a member of the Marlins back on May 12, 2001 against the San Diego Padres. Burnett walked nine that day, which is the most ever in a no-hitter.

He was much more efficient on Wednesday, allowing only one runner on a hit by pitch before Beltran’s spoiler. Burrnett wrapped up the seventh without any further blemishes to his statline. Relivers Mark Melancon, Tony Watson and Jason Grilli retired the next six Cardinals in order to preserve the one-hitter and the 5-0 victory.

Leake goes Little League: Mike Leake is a pitcher by trade, and was certainly on his game Wednesday tossing seven innings of three-hit ball while striking out seven Philadelphia Phillies. He's also a pretty good hitter, equaling his hits allowed with three hits of his own in Cincinnati's 11-2 victory.

Those hits included a second inning triple scoring Devin Mesoraco and a pair of singles. He also scored three times, which hadn't been done by a Reds pitcher since Danny Jackson back in 1988.

The Reds were also victorious in Tuesday night's suspended game that was continued on Wednesday afternoon. It was a scoreless game in the bottom of the ninth when action resumed and it ended before Philadelphia could even record an out. Jay Bruce’s RBI single walks them off in nine minutes.

40 strikeouts and one near knockout: The Max Scherzer-Felix Hernandez pitching matchup lived up to the hype with both recording 12 strikeouts over eight outstanding innings. The bullpens then picked up the slacked, recording 16 more strikeouts (bringing the total to 40, three shy of the MLB single game record) as the game continued into the 14th inning.

That's where Detroit finally pushed a run across in the top half to take a 2-1 lead. In he bottom half, Seattle countered with a two-out double that had third base coach Jeff Datz waving Justin Smoak around from first base, but the relay throw from Prince Fielder beat him and catcher Brayan Pena withstood a powerful collision at home to apply the tag and wrap up the heart-stopping win.

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Royals flush Braves win streak: All it took to snap the Atlanta Braves 10-game winning streak was a Jeff Francoeur RBI single in the fourth and an exceptional performance from Wade Davis. The 28-year-old right-hander, who was acquired from Tampa Bay during the offseason, pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for Ned Yost before handing off to Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland to complete the 1-0 victory.

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A’s 7, Astros 5: A six-run first inning holds up as the sizzling A’s get their 12th win in 14 games.

Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 3: Travis "Pronk" Hafner earned his Yankees' pinstripes with a tie-breaking, pinch-hit home run in the eighth. Enter Sandman, goodnight Arizona.

Rays 6, Orioles 2: Tampa Bay's four-game losing streak ends thanks to Matt Moore's sterling outing. Moore now owns three of the Rays' five wins this season.

Red Sox 6, Indians 3: Boston touches up Justin Masterson for three runs in the first and then gets four perfect innings from their bullpen to secure the victory.

White Sox 7, Blue Jays 0: Tyler Flowers launched a three-run homer in support of Jose Quintana.

Nationals 6, Marlins 1: Bryce Harper homered off Ricky Nolasco twice on opening day and went 3 for 3 against him on Wednesday (4 for 5 overall) to lead Washington's offense.

Brewers 4, Giants 3: Make it two straight for Milwaukee on Blake Lalli's walkoff single.

Padres 7, Dodgers 2: San Diego hits three homers off Clayton Kershaw to complete stunning three-game sweep.

Mets vs. Rockies (Postponed/Snow): The snow returned to Denver meaning the Mets will have to return later in the season to play a makeup game. Weather permitting, Thursday’s afternoon game will go on as scheduled.

Rangers vs. Cubs (Postponed/Rain): An afternoon game is scheduled for Thursday, though no makeup date for Wednesday's game has been announced.

Angels vs. Twins (Postponed/Cold): No makeup date has been announced.

'I didn't feel very good at all. Getting in the box and swinging made my head spin a little bit.''
— Bryce Harper on playing through his flu bug Wednesday night.

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Carlos Gomez is far too quick for Ryan Braun's dunk attempt.

• According to Elias, three future Hall of Famers made their debuts on this date in 1957. Those men were Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale and Frank Robinson, and it's the only day in MLB history where three Hall of Famers debuted.

Per Pete Abraham, the Red Sox are now six games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

Courtesy of Paul Noonan on Twitter, teams that intentionally walk Milwaukee Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt are now 0-9.

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