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No fooling around: Astros starting pitcher Ronel Blanco throws franchise’s 17th no-hitter

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — On April 1, 2024, Ronel Blanco wasn’t fooling around. The Houston Astros’ No. 5 pitcher in the five-person starting rotation made his season debut on Monday night in grand fashion, throwing the franchise’s 17th no-hitter precisely nine months after Framber Valdez tossed the 16th. In Houston’s opener of a three-game series against Toronto, the 30-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic fanned seven Blue Jays batters a day after the New York Yankees completed a four-game sweep of Houston to open the season at Minute Maid Park. Former Astros star and Toronto outfielder George Springer was the Blue Jays’ only baserunner, drawing a walk in the game’s first at-bat and in the ninth inning. Not to be overlooked, Blanco’s teammates supported the outing. Houston scored 10 runs, including two Kyle Tucker home runs. Manager Joe Espada tabbed Blanco as an injury replacement in the back end of his starting rotation, missing ace Justin Verlander and other starters Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers.

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