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Roy Halladay no-hitter against the Reds opens Phillies playoff campaign

Dave Sheinin was in Philadelphia tonight for Roy Halladay's no-hitter over the Cincinnati Reds.

PHILADELPHIA - In the last 54 years of baseball history prior to Wednesday night, there had been 952 postseason games played, all of which shared two common traits of omission: None had ever included a no-hit game, and none had ever been graced by Harry Leroy Halladay.

But on a chilly, drizzly night at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, first one historic hole was filled, and then the other. At 5:08 p.m., Roy Halladay, the Phillies' brilliant right-hander, threw the first postseason pitch of his career, and at 7:42 p.m. baseball's first postseason no-hitter since 1956 was complete.
Halladay, 33, turned his postseason debut into the most impressive pitching performance in half a century of baseball history - holding the Cincinnati Reds hitless in a 4-0 Phillies victory in Game 1 of the National League Division Series

Here is Sheinin's full story. And here's the box score.

Only Don Larsen, author of the fabled 1956 World Series perfect game for the New York Yankees, had thrown a no-hit game in the playoffs. Here is the box score from Larson's no-hitter and video of Yogi Berra talking to Larsen about the game.

By Alexa Steele  | October 6, 2010; 8:43 PM ET
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