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Bailey-Hanigan honored with former Reds battery

Bailey-Hanigan honored with former Reds battery

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CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Homer Bailey and catcher Ryan Hanigan were honored on the field Friday for Bailey's second career no-hitter and the 16th in club history, pitched Tuesday. They were joined on the field by former Reds batterymates Jim Maloney and Johnny Edwards, who teamed for a 10-inning no-hitter Aug. 19, 1965, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

"He's got a chance to throw a bunch of them," Maloney said. "The Reds have several pitchers here capable of doing it."

Maloney and Bailey are among 31 Major Leaguers with multiple no-hitters and three in Reds history. Maloney's other no-no was against the Astros on April 30, 1969.

Maloney and Edwards happened to be in Cincinnati this week for events at Great American Ball Park and the Reds Hall of Fame. Maloney watched Bailey's no-hitter on television.

"To be honest with you, every game that I pitched, I wanted to pitch a perfect game," said Maloney, who later threw a ceremonial first pitch to Edwards before Cincinnati played the Mariners. "That's the way I tried to focus myself. If I give up a hit, I wanted to pitch a one-hit shutout. Any pitcher that doesn't know he's got a no-hitter through four or five innings, he's not into the game. I tried to pitch a no-hitter every time."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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