On Friday night, Kevin Millwood was briefly achieving the impossible. Or, at the very least, the highly improbable. With the Seattle Mariners kicking off a three-game interleague series against the best team in baseball, Millwood had a no-hitter going through six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While Millwood had allowed a baserunner with a walk, he had faced the minimum through six innings. Then, bizarrely, Millwood came out to the mound prior to the seventh inning, threw one warm-up pitch and then gestured to the dugout. Manager Eric Wedge and the Mariners trainer came out to talk to Millwood, then Millwood departed the scoreless game.
The early word, via the television broadcast, is that Millwood has a mild right groin strain. Certainly not the way he would have wanted his evening to end.
Charlie Furbush allowed a runner to reach second base due to a fielding error in the top of the seventh, but the Mariners staff still has a no-hitter going through seven innings.
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