Baseball: No Hits, No Luck

The popular notion of a no-hitter is a thing of beauty: a stouthearted pitcher smoking the ball down the alley with laser-beam control. The Baltimore Orioles' Steve Barber, 28, a fastballing lefthander who in six years with the Orioles has compiled an eminently respectable 91-66 won-lost record, almost lived up to that notion three weeks ago. While beating the California Angels 3-0, he rarely allowed a ball out of the infield, walked only three men, and came within two outs of pitching the season's first no-hitter.

Last week, facing the Detroit Tigers, Steve went at it another way—like a wild...

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