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No member of the Pittsburgh Pirates wanted to be involved with a Justin Verlander no-hitter.

But the Detroit Tigers ace had one going heading into the ninth inning against the visiting Pirates on Friday night.

With one out in the ninth, unheralded Josh Harrison singled off Verlander to avoid being no-hit.

"No one wants to be part of a no-hitter, so it was nice to look in the dugout and see the guys cheering," Harrison said, according to MLB.com. "We all felt we were going to be the guy to get something going. So you look in the dugout and see relief."

That is all Verlander allowed, however, as the Tigers blanked the Pirates 6-0 on Friday.

Two nights before, Harrison hit the first home run given up this season by Washington Nationals' starter Gio Gonzalez.

Harrison, all of 5-foot-8, led off the game as the Pirates designated hitter. During the week, he played shortstop, third base and left field, and is 6 for his last 15 with four RBI.

"It's a blessing," Harrison said. "I've been working hard, just trying to do anything I can while in there to help the team, give some positive energy," he said. "That's one thing everyone on this team has, a lot of positive energy."

Harrison nearly broke up Verlander's no-hit bid in the sixth inning when he hit a fly ball near the warning track in center field that Tigers outfielder Don Kelly caught up to.

--New York Mets third baseman David Wright was out of the lineup Saturday with an illness and could miss Sunday as well, according to ESPN New York.

The Mets were planning to rest Wright on Saturday anyway, but he reportedly became more under the weather on Saturday morning.

Wright went 1-for-3 on Friday in the Mets 14-5 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto. He was taken out of the game after the Mets trailed 10-1 in the fifth inning.

He is hitting .409 this season.

--New York Mets starting pitcher Miguel Batista left Saturday's game against the host Toronto Blue Jays after two innings with an injury and was replaced by right-hander Jeremy Hefner, according to MLB.com.

Hefner was called up by the Mets from Class AAA Buffalo earlier in the day.

Batista retired the side in order in the first inning and pitched around a leadoff double and a one-out walk in the second. He walked off the field with team trainer Ray Ramirez after taking his warmup pitches on the mound before the third inning.

Hefner had already been warming in the bullpen.

Batista complained about a strained groin after his last start in which he threw seven scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. In between games, he threw a bullpen session without any problems.

Batista is 1-1 with a 3.95 ERA this season in four starts and nine relief appearances.

The Mets recalled Hefner from Class AAA Buffalo before Saturday's game with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hefner, who has a 2.72 ERA in seven starts for Buffalo, will pitch in long relief for the Mets, according to MLB.com. He is needed after the Mets were routed 14-5 by the Blue Jays on Friday.

Infielder Jordany Valdespin was sent back down to Buffalo to make room for Hefner. Valdespin was hitting just 2-for-20 for the Mets this season.

--New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out of the lineup for the second straight game and may miss Sunday as well, according to MLB.com.

Teixeira, who has struggled with a .228 batting average, has been recently battling a bronchial condition.

Teixeira missed Friday's 4-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Reds. He told MLB.com he probably would not be available to pinch-hit on Saturday, either.

--The Chicago Cubs acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Cincinnati Reds for cash considerations Saturday.

Hill will be available for the Cubs tonight against the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field. Hill will wear No. 55 while Blake Parker will switch to No. 50.

The Cubs' 40-man roster remains at 40 players with the retirement of Kerry Wood.

Hill, 33, returns to the Cubs after spending all or part of the past five years in the organization (2007-11). He hit .208 with seven home runs and 63 RBI in 252 games with the Cubs during his first stint.

The switch-hitter batted .195 with three doubles, one home run and five RBI in 14 games with the Reds' Class AA Pensacola affiliate this season.
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