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June 5, 2004 News Sports Lifestyle Classifieds ... About Us Take me to... Search Local News Nation/World Sports Obituaries Lifestyle Business Opinion Photo Journal Weather Classifieds PG Store PG Delivery Web Extras Contact Us About Us Help Corrections Site Map Sports Previous Articles Steelers Penguins ... Columnists Gene Therapy: Hacking with records Friday, June 20, 2003 Roger Clemens' acute case of milestones appeared to resolve itself this week when the famously truculent Texan nearly pitched a no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Like that would count, a no-hitter against the Devil Rays. Seems The Rocket has never pitched a no-hitter, so that would have been a third pseudo-major milestone to go with his 300th win and his 4,000th strikeout, both coming last week and both very serious accomplishments, but neither being unprecedented. A healthy historical list of pitchers have won 300 times, and Nolan Ryan and Steve Carlton struck out more than 4,000 batters, which is not worth the examination implied by the famous call to the Post-Gazette sports department that went, "Hi, um, I know that Nolan Ryan struck out 5,714 guys, but who were they?" Anyway, with Clemens fever returned to double digits and with mounting evidence that we are not to experience another 70-homer season by someone of questionable metabolics, the chances that we'll see something this summer that we've never seen before aren't favorable.