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It's a Great Day to Be an Athlete Named Sanchez, and Not Just for the 'Dirty' Jokes

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One of the most improbable no-hitters took place last night, as Jonathan Sanchez, a reliever who was only on the mound because Randy Johnson was unable to starting on account of a bad case of should-have-retired-three-years-ago-itis, threw an 11-strikeout, 0-walk no-no.
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↵But yes, this was insanely unlikely. Sanchez, who was one bad eighth-inning error away from a perfect game, raised his record to 3-8 on the season and barely pushed his ERA below 5. Yeah, he threw a no-hitter. Of course, it was against the Padres, so it should only count for like 70 percent of a no-no, but whatever.
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↵Halfway across the world, a different Sanchez was making headlines. Luis Leon Sanchez, a dreaded Spaniard, took the eighth stage of the Tour de France. This marks the first time two athletes with the same name tossed a no-hitter and won a stage of the TdF since Sandy and Jean-Luc Koufax managed the feat back in the summer of 1957.*
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↵Luis Leon Sanchez is still nowhere near the overall lead, which is still held by Rinaldo Nocentini, with Alberto Contador and relative unknown Lance Armstrong close behind.
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↵Not to be outdone by his two compatriots, however, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez slept on a bed of money, then ate breakfast in bed off the back of supermodels, which means he wins yet again.
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↵* this is a ridiculous lie.↵

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