1968: Baltimore's Tom Phoebus, 6-0, over the Red Sox
1973: Kansas City's Steve Busby, 3-0, over the Tigers
1994: Minnesota's Scott Erickson, 6-0, over the BrewersMark Buehrle, who goes for the White Sox tonight against the Rangers in Arlington, has not twirled a no-hitter on this date. But the fast-working left-hander does own a pair of hitless gems, one on April 18, 2007 -- against the Rangers, natch -- and on July 23, 2009, his perfect game against Tampa Bay. And if you add those dates (4+18+7+23) plus his number of no-hitters (two) and divide by two, you get 27. OK, maybe that's an extreme stretch of the numerology angle. But even just a bare-bones lineup of tonight's scheduled starters is enough to elicit cries of, "You gotta be kidding!" The other no-notables on deck: Justin Verlander of the Tigers, who goes against the Twins: Verlander's no-hitter against Milwaukee on June 12, 2007, may have been the most dominant of any on this list. He struck out the first two batters in the ninth inning on seven total pitches, most of those pushing 100 mph. Hughes, who has had two brushes with no-hit fame: Hughes still doesn't have a hit on record in his second Major League start. It came on May 1, 2007, in Texas, and he was forced out after 6 1/3 hitless innings by a pulled left-hamstring muscle. Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox, who starts in Toronto: Buchholz did pitch a no-hitter in his second Major League start, on Sept. 1, 2007, against the Orioles. Shawn Marcum of the Blue Jays, who opposes Buchholz: In his first start of the season, on April 5 in Arlington, the 28-year-old righty no-hit the Rangers for 6 1/3 innings until Vladimir Guerrero singled. Anibal Sanchez of the Marlins, who faces San Diego: Sanchez's seventh career victory came in no-hit fashion, on Sept. 6, 2006, against the D-backs. Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies, who takes aim at Arizona: Remember as far back as April 17? Against the Braves, in Atlanta? Yeah, same guy. Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals, who meets Lowe and the Braves: Carpenter was born on April 27, a neat touch, but not the reason he is on the list. Carpenter is one of the more accomplished pitchers to have never pitched a no-hitter, but he came close twice within 6 1/2 weeks last season: On April 9 it lasted 6 2/3 innings against the Pirates; he came back on May 25 for six hitless innings in Milwaukee. Johan Santana of the Mets, who will face the Dodgers in one half of the Citi Field doubleheader: Nope, he has never pitched a no-hitter. Yep, he's a threat to do so every time he takes the hill. And there's no-no better day for that than April 27.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.