Posted August 01, 2012 on AP on Fox
A.J. Burnett pitched a one-hitter, Neil Walker drove in five runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Chicago 5-0 on Tuesday night, hours after the Cubs traded ace Ryan Dempster. Burnett just about stole the spotlight after the Cubs traded their best pitcher to Texas just before the non-waiver deadline. His bid for a second career no-hitter and the sixth in the majors this season ended with two outs in the eighth. He had already hit Darwin Barney in the helmet with one out before striking out Luis Valbuena, but his no-hit bid ended at the hands of a rookie when pinch-hitter Adrian Cardenas lined a 3-2 pitch to right for a single after two close pitches were called balls. Burnett appeared to be yelling at the umpire afterward, but he struck out David DeJesus with runners on first and third to end the inning. That's probably not much consolation for the veteran, who pitched a no-hitter for the Marlins against San Diego on May 12, 2001. That a Miami-area native who was 13-years-old...
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