Did Blue Jays catcher John Buck jinx Ricky Romero's no-hitter?

Left-hander Ricky Romero(notes) prepared to head out for the top of the eighth inning, ahead 4-0 and having yet to allow a hit to the Chicago White Sox.

Elsewhere in the Toronto Blue Jays dugout, catcher John Buck(notes) and pitching coach Bruce Walton discussed Romero, who was just six outs away from the second no-no in team history.

Buck wanted to know how many pitches Romero had thrown.

"He goes, 'It doesn't matter. Who cares?' " Buck said.

Well, you know, coach. Pitch count. Fatigue. Maybe think about getting the bullpen up? What's your deal, anyway?

Buck's eyes moved toward a scoreboard at Rogers Centre.

"I kind of looked up there I was like, 'Oh my gosh, they don't have any hits,' " Buck said.

Facepalm! Buck had just broken one of baseball's oldest and most-respected taboos. No-hitters are like Fight Club. The first rule: You don't talk about them in the dugout.

Next inning, sure enough, former Jays player Alex Rios(notes) ensured that Dave Stieb remained the only of his kind ever to pitch a no-no by slamming a home run to left.

John Buck, what did you do?!

"We can say I did it. That's fine with me," Buck said later, after the milk had been spilt.

Not to offend Cubs fans' pet goats or the Roma in the Y! Sports audience, but there's really no such thing as curses. I think. No reason to mess with the baseball gods, though. Or whosever up there.

What really happened? Romero made one mistake — a hanging change-up — and Rios killed it. There's no indication that Romero even knew about Buck's slip of the tongue, much less that he blames him.

But he badly wanted the no-no in his 31st career start.

From MLB.com's Jordan Bastian:

"I don't think the words I said [after the homer] I can say on camera," Romero said with a laugh. "It's one of those things where you feel it's so close. You know you're so close."

Romero's final line was great: eight innings, two earned runs, one hit, two walks, a career-high 12 strikeouts and one phantom hit batter — A.J. Pierzynski(notes).

Roy Halladay(notes) himself couldn't have done it better.

Rios wasn't surprised how well Romero — a former first-round pick — was dealing. Neither was manager Ozzie Guillen.

"He may be the best guy we've faced all year long," Guillen said.

Romero, who got the decision in Toronto's 4-2 victory, did appreciate how well he pitched. The bitter taste fades.

"It just wasn't one of those nights where it was destined to happen for me and maybe it never will be," Romero said. "To come that close, it's pretty cool. It's an awesome feeling."

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