Thursday, March 6, 2008
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One-hit wonder for Braves
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Moments after the no-hitter was no more, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was disappointed. No kidding.
'Almost,' Cox said after the Braves came within one out of a combined no-hitter. 'Dang it. Almost.'
Danny Sandoval hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning off reliever Colter Bean - Atlanta's seventh pitcher - for Cleveland's only hit and Mark Teixeira homered and drove in two runs in the Braves' 4-1 win over the Indians on Wednesday.
Bean, who walked two in the ninth, had one strike on Sandoval when the infielder lined a shot off the right-field wall to score Beau Mills, the Indians' first-round draft pick last year.
'I didn't think about the no-hitter until after the fact,' Bean said. 'Then I thought, 'Well, I'm the king of that.' I ruined a couple of no-hitters in the minors.'
Robinson inducted into college HOF
Jackie Robinson was one of 12 former players and coaches elected Wednesday for the third induction class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
UCLA's only four-sport athlete played baseball for the Bruins in 1940 after two seasons at Pasadena Junior College. He later broke major league baseball's color barrier when he made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.