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July 3, 2013

Reds' Bailey adding up no-hitters - like idol Ryan

CINCINNATI — The Ryan Express has an honored passenger, a hard-throwin' fellow Texan who wears the same number and has a nickname derived from a movie.

Homer "Batman" Bailey? Come aboard!

The right-hander made a little no-hitter history on Tuesday night, throwing his second in 10 months and the first in the majors this season. The Cincinnati Reds' 3-0 win over the struggling San Francisco Giants gave Bailey another moment as big as his home state.

It was Ryan-esque.

"Obviously being from Texas and what a legend he is," said Bailey, who wears No. 34 in tribute to his boyhood hero. "To do it once is extra special. To do it twice — I don't really have the words for it right now."

They do back home.

"He comes from the state of Texas that has produced a lot of no-hitters," said Reds manager Dusty Baker, who made the final out in Nolan Ryan's fifth no-hitter. "It means a lot — and he's still got some time left."

Ryan holds the record with seven career no-hitters. Bailey was so enamored with the fellow Texan — Ryan hails from Alvin, Bailey from La Grange — that he chose his No. 34 to honor him. His fastball and his strikeouts aren't up to Ryan's level, but he's starting to catch up on those no-hitters.

And the folks back in Texas are paying attention.

As soon as Bailey got Gregor Blanco on a routine groundout to end it, the videoboard at Minute Maid Park in Houston flashed: "La Grange native Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds has just thrown his second career no-hitter."

And not just a second no-hitter — the second consecutive no-hitter in the majors.

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