No-no sparks memories for Johnson

No-no sparks memories for Johnson

KANSAS CITY -- Randy Johnson learned of Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter in Miami in between innings of the Yankees' win over the Royals on Wednesday, but the 42-year-old veteran wasn't about to let the news have an impact on the rest of his night.

After all, Johnson was spinning a gem of a game himself, holding the Royals hitless through five innings at the time.

Sanchez's no-hitter was the first in the Major Leagues since May 18, 2004, when Johnson tossed a perfect game against the Braves in Atlanta as a member of the Diamondbacks.

"I was coming up [to the clubhouse] between innings when I saw it," Johnson said. "Congratulations to him."

While Sanchez added his name to the history books on Wednesday, Johnson had to settle for his 16th win of the season and the 279th of his Hall of Fame career.

"I'm not sure he wants to pitch a no-hitter at this point in time," said Yankees manager Joe Torre of Johnson, who will turn 43 on Sunday. "Whatever we can keep in the tank is probably going to help us later on."

In addition to the 2004 perfect game, Johnson also threw a no-hitter with the Mariners on June 2, 1990, against the Tigers.

On Wednesday, Johnson lost his no-hit bid in the seventh, when David DeJesus led off the inning with a triple to left-center field. The Big Unit finished the inning without allowing a run, giving him seven shutout innings of one-hit ball.

"He looks very comfortable, which is the most important thing for me," Torre said. "He was in complete control."

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.