The Los Angeles Angels’ commitment to Jered Weaver is paying off.
Signed to a five-year, $85 million contract extension last August, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, dominating lowly Minnesota in a 9-0 cakewalk. All the Twins could muster against the two-time All-Star was one walk — and one other baserunner when catcher Chris Iannetta allowed a passed ball on a swinging third strike.
‘‘I’ve been close once in Seattle and had it broken up in the eighth,’’ said Weaver, who struck out nine and retired 22 of his last 23 batters after Iannetta’s miscue. ‘‘We were having this conversation about five days ago, and C.J. (Wilson) came up to me and said: ‘Why don’t you just go out there and throw a no-hitter?’ And I said: ‘There’s no way. There’s no chance.’ So it’s funny that it happened.’’
It was the second no-hitter in the majors in less than two weeks, following Phil Humber’s perfect game for the Chicago White Sox at Seattle on April 21.
This was the second Angels no-hitter in less than a year — Ervin Santana pitched one July 27 at Cleveland — and the 10th for the Angels franchise, including four by Nolan Ryan.
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