Texas' one-hitter rare in more ways than one

Texas' one-hitter rare in more ways than one

ARLINGTON -- The Twins led the Majors in hitting going into Monday's game against the Rangers before being held to one hit by Rich Harden and three relievers. That's the first time since May 24, 2008, that the team leading the Majors in hitting was held to just one hit.

A's pitchers Justin Duchscherer and Huston Street did it against the Red Sox. David Ortiz had the only hit for the Red Sox, and the home-plate umpire was Jim Joyce, who was behind the plate for Monday's game, as well.

But to have it happen this late in the season? That hasn't happened in 34 years. The last time was on Oct. 2, 1976, when the Braves' Phil Niekro threw a one-hit complete game against the Reds.

The Reds had already clinched the National League West title on their way to a second consecutive World Series championship, and their lineup was missing Joe Morgan and George Foster. But they did have Pete Rose, Ken Griffey, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Dave Concepcion in the lineup that day.

The Reds would not lose again that year. They beat the Braves the next day to end the regular season, then swept the Phillies in the NL Championship Series and the Yankees in the World Series.