Pitcher perfect: Phil Humber, who underwent Tommy John surgery seven years ago, threw the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.
It was baseball’s 21st perfect game and first since Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay threw one against the Florida Marlins on May 29, 2010. It was the third in White Sox’s history, joining Mark Buehrle against Tampa Bay on July 23, 2009, and Charles Robertson against Detroit on April 30, 1922.
“This is awesome,” Humber said. “I’m so thankful.” Photo: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Finally, a game that counts:Seattle Mariners outfiekder Ichiro Suzuki is chased by Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington after hitting an RBI single in the 11th inning of their season opener in Tokyo March 28, 2012. Ichiro had four hits and the Mariners won 3-1. Photo: Toru Hanai/Reuters
A boy holds a baseball and a pen before an exhibition baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo.
Members of the Oakland Athletics and Mariners got a firsthand look at the devastation from the earthquake and tsunami on Tuesday when they visited one of the towns hit hardest by last year’s disaster in Japan.
More than 19,000 people in Japan were killed by the disaster on March 11, 2011. About 46% of Ishinomaki, a city of 150,000, was inundated by up 32 feet of water.
“There is an air of silence you have in the car when you drive through it and see it,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “That’s just a small stretch. You picture that times 150 miles and its just pure devastation.”
Major League Baseball made a donation of $500,000 to the city to help in reconstruction efforts.
After a bus tour of the disaster zone, the players conducted a baseball clinic with students from the area, many of whom had homes destroyed or lost family members.
“Of all the things I had to do here this is the one I wanted to do most,” Oakland pitcher Tommy Milone said. “Obviously, we do clinics back home, but to be able to give back to these kids who have lost homes and family members is something special.”
The death of Greg Halman Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman, right, was stabbed to death in Rotterdam on Monday and his brother, left, has been arrested in connection with the incident. Dutch-born Halman, 24, was signed as a free agent by Seattle in 2004 and after a long spell in the minor leagues he was called up to the majors last year. Photo: Reuters/Stringer