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Hyun-Jin Ryu flirts with perfection in Dodgers' win over Reds
Hyun-Jin Ryu flirts with perfection in Dodgers' win over Reds

Before boarding a plane from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly joked with pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Josh Beckett had just pitched a no-hitter for the Dodgers and Ryu was scheduled to face the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. "You've got to throw a perfect game," Mattingly recalled telling Ryu, "to top Beckett." Ryu almost achieved the feat. The left-hander pitched seven perfect innings before surrendering a hit in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Reds at Dodger Stadium. A day after Beckett recorded the first no-hitter for the Dodgers since 1996, Ryu came within six outs of the first perfect game by a Dodger since Sandy Koufax...

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