I bet A-Rod knows the name Dallas Braden now. What a thrill ride season the A’s starting pitcher is already having. Braden turned in an outstanding performance this afternoon in Oakland, setting down the Rays in order for a perfect game.

Braden’s perfecto today is just the 17th in Major League history (yes, 17th…you might hear that it’s the 19th ever, but I don’t count the two that happened in 1880 considering they happened when pitchers were throwing underhand and only 45 feet from home plate).

Braden’s name will forever be linked in the history books with Cy Young, Addie Joss, Charlie Robertson, Don Larsen, Jim Bunning, Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Len Barker, Mike Witt, Tom Browning, Dennis Martinez, Kenny Rogers, David Wells, David Cone, Randy Johnson and Mark Buehrle.

This was the first perfect game since Buehrle’s feat last July against the Rays as well. What’s up with the Rays and perfect games happening against them? There has never been two perfectos in the same season, and the last time two occurred in consecutive seasons was two Yankees—Wells and Cone in ’98 and ’99.

Braden improved to 4-2 in the 4-0 shutout of the Rays. He struck out six batters, obviously walked none on 109 pitches (77 being strikes).

Of course Braden was the pitcher making headlines this past month for flipping out when A-Rod stepped over his mound after an inning-ended double play. This will most likely overshadow the brilliance of his perfect game because he made it no secret that he didn’t think too much of A-Rod. Well, not only does A-Rod know the name, but even the general baseball fan will know Dallas Braden’s name now. And I’ll tell you what, I wouldn’t walk across his mound if I were you!

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