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No-hitter nothing new to Dodgers' Jerry Hairston Jr.

A night after suffering through one for the third time in his career, Hairston contributes a home run and two doubles to the Dodgers' 8-3 victory over Seattle.

June 09, 2012|By Jim Peltz
  • Jerry Hairston is congratulated by Andre Ethier after hitting a three-run home run in the first inning of the Dodgers' 8-3 victory over Seattle on Saturday night.
Jerry Hairston is congratulated by Andre Ethier after hitting a three-run… (Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images )

SEATTLE — — Jerry Hairston Jr. noted before Saturday's game that he has now been on the losing end of three no-hitters in his 15-year career.

"I'm not too proud of that, but it happens," Hairston said after the Seattle Mariners' Kevin Millwood and five relief pitchers had tossed a combined no-hitter against the Dodgers on Friday night.

Hairston, 36, then helped put the latest no-hitter behind him by slamming a three-run home run and two run-scoring doubles for a career-high five runs batted in as the Dodgers won, 8-3, over Seattle.

Hairston was with Baltimore in 2001 when Hideo Nomo of the Boston Red Sox threw a no-hitter against the Orioles.

And when Hairston played with the Texas Rangers in 2007, they were the victim of a no-hitter tossed by Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox.

"I don't care what kind of team you have, some nights it's not going to be there and things are going to go the opposing pitcher's way," Hairston said.

Incidentally, when Buehrle threw his no-hitter, the losing pitcher that day for Texas was Millwood.

Gordon's rebound

It appears Dee Gordon's unsolicited benching last month is paying dividends.

With the Dodgers shortstop and leadoff batter hitting .200 on May 19, Manager Don Mattingly removed Gordon from the starting lineup for a couple of games to give him a breather.

Since returning May 22, Gordon has batted .290 and lifted his overall average to .229 for the season. He was dropped to eighth in the batting order when he first returned, but now is back in his leadoff role.

"He's just had calmer at-bats," Mattingly said.

"I think he's more confident."

Noting Gordon's speed, Mattingly said that "we're a better team if he can lead off, no doubt about it. So right now I'm good with it."

In Saturday's game, Gordon legged out an infield grounder for a single in his first at-bat, singled in the ninth inning and scored both times.

Tolleson's arrival

Now that he's had his first taste of the major leagues, Shawn Tolleson wants another — and soon.

The 24-year-old pitcher struggled in his big league debut a week ago, walking the two Phillies he faced in Philadelphia, and he's ready to try again.

"I had some nerves going," Tolleson acknowledged. "I'm anxious to get back out there."

The right-hander, the Dodgers' reigning minor league pitcher of the year, was called up to replace reliever Javy Guerra, who's on the disabled list after right-knee surgery.

Tolleson is a close friend of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. They played summer baseball together as teenagers in Texas and each was in the other's wedding.

"I'm glad he's gotten this opportunity," Kershaw said. "He had a rough first outing there, but it just comes with the territory. Hopefully he gets another chance to get back out there and show what he's got."

james.peltz@latimes.com

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