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Happy 8,000 day to the Mets

Things are going great these days for Terry Collins' Mets, who were off Thursday after completing a sweep in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

The Mets play their first game at Marlins Park in Miami tonight, notable on one hand for that sheer fact. But it's more notable for this head-shaking nugget: Assuming Johan Santana doesn't throw one, it will be the 8,000th regular season game in franchise history -- and all of them have seen the Mets fail to throw a no-hitter. It's a streak that dates to 1962 and is now feted nightly on Twitter and web sites.

This Wall Street Journal story gives the complete rundown on the streak and even has some quotes from the poor guy who started the Web site nonohitters.com back in 2008 and is still at it today. You'd think the Mets would stumble into one at some point. Strange.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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