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Near no-hitters highlight Sunday baseball

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There were two near no-hitters on the first Sunday of the baseball season as pitchers appear to be well ahead of the hitters this spring.

-- In New York, Jonathon Niese of the Mets took a no-no into the seventh inning in his first start since signing a rich contract and the Mets completed a season-opening sweep of the Braves with a 7-5 victory. Niese allowed just two balls out of the infield through six innings and retired 15 in a row before walking Dan Uggla on a nine-pitch at-bat leading off the seventh. On the next pitch, Niese's 98th of the game, Freddie Freeman singled cleanly to right.

-- In Baltimore, Jason Hammel took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his Orioles debut, and they beat the Twins 3-1 for a three-game sweep. Hammel faced the minimum 21 batters through seven innings, allowing two walks, before Justin Morneau  ended the no-hit bid with a leadoff double off the right-field wall in the eighth. Jim Johnson worked the ninth to earn his second save and complete the two-hitter

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