CLEVELAND -- The Twins' game against the Indians on Friday night ended shortly before Mets left-hander Johan Santana finished off his no-hitter against the Cardinals, so Twins players had the chance to see their former teammate accomplish the feat.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire watched the end of the game in his office and said he was excited to see the left-hander become the first pitcher to throw a no-no in Mets history.
Santana, 33, won two Cy Young Awards during his eight years in Minnesota, but never threw a no-hitter.
"I was watching it, it was pretty cool," Gardenhire said. "I tried to text him, but the son of a gun changed his number. I got a question mark when I sent it. A little red dot came on my phone. But I tried to text him to say congratulations, believe it."
Left-hander Francisco Liriano, who burst onto the scene as a rookie ace alongside Santana in '06, said he also got the wrong number when he tried to congratulate his ex-teammate. But he was happy for him nonetheless.
"When I saw it last night, I was talking to [Alexi] Casilla about how he'd won two Cy Young Awards but he'd never thrown a no-hitter," said Liriano, who threw a no-hitter against the White Sox last year. "He worked so hard to come back from shoulder surgery. So I'm happy for him."