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Tampa tosses another no-hitter

Veras, McCutchen combine on Yanks' second gem in four days
July 22, 2007
The cast was different, the performance the same.

Jose Veras and Daniel McCutchen combined on Tampa's second no-hitter in four days Sunday as the Yankees blanked the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 4-0, in the opener of their doubleheader.

After Veras struck out four in two perfect innings in his debut for Tampa (21-9), McCutchen (11-2) fanned two and walked five. He benefited from three double plays and tied Clearwater's Andrew Carpenter for the Florida State League lead in wins.

"It was a lot of fun to be a part of that," McCutchen said. "I didn't have my best command, but my breaking stuff was working. I walked a lot of guys, which was uncharacteristic. I think that was a career high."

McCutchen has had his way with the Flying Tigers this season, having pitched 11 scoreless innings over two outings. The 24-year-old right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.50, which ranks fourth in the league.

"I try to stick to the same pitching style," he said. "I like throwing a lot of strikes and letting my defense work behind me. I've gotten a lot of breaks. My offense has scored runs, things have gone my way, but I just try to control what I can."

On Wednesday, Kevin Whelan worked five innings and combined with David Robertson and Joshua Schmidt on a no-hitter in the Yankees' 3-0 victory over Jupiter. It's believed to be the first time in FSL history that a team has pitched two no-hitters in the same week.

"I guess that's pretty unusual," McCutchen said. "We have been playing, for the most part, really well."

Marcos Vechionacci belted a two-run homer, his first of the season, in the second. Tim Battle followed with a triple and scored on Kevin Russo's single to stake the Yankees to a 3-0 lead. Battle and Kevin Russo had two hits apiece.

Lakeland starter Angel Castro (3-1) surrendered four runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking two in six frames.

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