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Giants join undesirable champions club

Giants join undesirable champions club

Giants join undesirable champions club

CINCINNATI -- The torrent of trivia in the wake of Homer Bailey's no-hitter Tuesday against the Giants included some intriguing facts.

The Giants became the ninth reigning World Series champion in Major League history to lose a no-hitter. The other victors were the New York Yankees' George Mogridge in 1917 over Boston; St. Louis' Lon Warneke in 1941 over Cincinnati; Detroit's Virgil Trucks in 1952 against the Yankees; the Giants' Gaylord Perry in 1968 over St. Louis; Texas' Jim Bibby in 1973 over the A's; Cleveland's Dick Bosman in 1974 against the A's; Texas' Nolan Ryan in 1990 over the A's; and the New York Mets' Johan Santana last year against St. Louis.

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If you're looking for omens, the Giants proceeded to win the National League West in both of the previous years when they were no-hit: 1997 and 2003.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy, for one, didn't dwell on Bailey's triumph.

"It was a tremendous pitching job," Bochy said, giving the Cincinnati right-hander his just due. "It was impressive. The last three innings it was, 'Here it is.'"

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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