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Verlander spun his second career no-hitter by bringing the heat and selectively mixing in his best off-speed stuff. Verlander threw five pitches at 100 mph or faster, all in the seventh inning or later. Three of Verlander's four strikeouts were with off-speed pitches. The Blue Jays did not hit a ball out of the infield against any of his 52 off-speed pitches.
Liriano hurled a no-hitter thanks to his ability to adjust as the game progressed. In the first three innings, Liriano threw just 38.7 percent of his pitches in the strike zone. That number increased to 43.6 in the middle innings and 48.6 in the final three innings.
Hudson tossed his third career one-hitter by getting ahead of the batters and keeping them off-balance. Hudson had a first-pitch strike against 26 of 29 Brewers hitters (89.7 percent), the highest percentage by a starter this season. Overall, Hudson threw strikes on 74 of 102 pitches, his highest percentage in the past three seasons.
Garcia had a perfect game through 7 1/3 innings by using his sinking fastball to get ahead of hitters and his off-speed stuff to finish them off. Garcia threw 45 of his 49 fastballs in non-two-strike counts, commanding the pitch down in the strike zone. With two strikes, Garcia kept the Brewers off balance with an array of off-speed pitches.
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