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07/11/09 3:30 AM ET
Whiteside an improbable part of history
Molina's absence has backup calling Sanchez's no-no
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Eli Whiteside didn't hesitate when a reporter asked him what was more unlikely, his catching a no-hitter or Jonathan Sanchez's throwing one. "Probably me catching one," Whiteside said.
"I told him, take that stuff out to the game," Whiteside said.Obviously, Sanchez did. "After the first few innings, he had unbelievable stuff," Whiteside said. "That's what he's capable of. And he was able to put it together tonight." Sanchez credited Whiteside for his guidance. "Sometimes I got under the ball and he said, 'Come to me. Throw the ball to me,'" Sanchez related. Whiteside, who also went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, deflected the praise. "I wasn't out there throwing the ball," he said. "I was just putting down fingers."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.