• Year of the Pitcher, Part II? Twins hurler Francisco Liriano recorded the first no-hitter of the 2011 season with a 1-0 victory over the White Sox to give the Twins their first no-no of the 21st century. (MLB.com). Said Liriano, who credited his teammates for their impressive defensive support, "When I saw [Matt Tolbert's game-winning catch], I was just so excited. I can't explain myself right now. This is my first complete game. Even in the Minor Leagues when we played doubleheaders and we played seven innings, I didn't get a complete game." (MLB.com)

• Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, visited southeastern Pennsylvania's Kennett High School to honor Julia Baumel, a high school freshman who raised $10,000 for the Hamels Foundation to build a school for orphaned children in Malawi (YouTube). Later that night, Hamels tossed a one-run complete game against the Nationals to collect his fourth win of the year and spoil former teammate Jayson Werth's return to Philadelphia (MLB.com). Remarked Werth of his reception, "Philadelphia is an atmosphere like no other. I loved playing here -- always have, always will, no matter what. If I am booed every day here for the rest of my career, I will take that as a compliment." (ESPN.com)

• As the Rays trailed Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, in the bottom of the ninth inning, an announcement was made at Tropicana Field that the hometown Lightning had taken a 3-0 series lead in the NHL playoffs (Tampa Tribune). Inspired by the boys across town, the fans and a stellar Major League pitching debut by reliever Brandon Gomes, the Rays mounted a comeback capped by B.J. Upton's third career walk-off home run. Upton's reward? A chocolate whipped cream pie to the face, courtesy of Evan Longoria. (MLB.com)

• In other great performances around the league, Jon Lester struck out 11 for the Red Sox to record the 15th double-digit strikeout game of his career (MLB.com), while teammate Carl Crawford recorded his 1,500th career hit to join Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Eddie Collins as the only players in the modern era to collect 1,500 hits, 400 stolen bases and 100 triples before celebrating their 30th birthdays (Boston Globe). Aubrey Huff gave the extra innings' edge to the Giants with a 10th inning homer (MLB.com), and the Cardinals' Daniel Descalso blasted a three-run shot for his first big league home run and Busch Stadium curtain call. (MLB.com)

• Heath Bell has converted his 41st straight save opportunity to tie the San Diego franchise record of all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman. (MLB.com). What does the ace reliever think about as he charges in from the bullpen? "Don't trip." (Yahoo! Sports)

• Pablo Sandoval was all smiles heading into hand surgery. (Twitter)

Cubs phenom Starlin Castro can now add Sports Illustrated cover boy to his quickly growing résumé. Hopefully, he can also list "avoiding jinxes" as a special skill. (Chicago Tribune)

• Major Leaguers will do some crazy things in the name of superstition. R.A. Dickey christens his baseball bats with the names of swords from classic literature (The New York Times). The preference of former Twins Mike Redmond and Torii Hunter? Naked batting practice. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tweet of the Day: Curtis Granderson (@cgrand14): "Jorge liked Friends. I liked Saved By The Bell. Which did YOU prefer?" (ESPN.com)

Quote of the Day: "It was a moment I've been waiting for all my life." -- Dodgers rookie Ivan de Jesus Jr., after singling for his first Major League RBI while his proud father, Cubs coach Ivan de Jesus Sr., looked on from the opposite dugout. (Los Angeles Times)