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MINOR LEAGUER PITCHES HIS 2ND NO-HITTER IN A ROW

Left-hander Tom Drees threw his second consecutive no-hitter as the Vancouver Canadians defeated the Edmonton Trappers 1-0 in a Pacific Coast League game.

The 25-year-old Drees had thrown a nine-inning no-hitter last week, beating the Calgary Cannons by an identical 1-0 score. The consecutive no-hitters are the first in PCL history."It's a great feeling," said Drees. "I never would have expected it. I started feeling the butterflies in the sixth, but once I went out to pitch the seventh, everything kind of fell back in the groove."

Drees walked two and struck out five. He got the run he needed in the sixth inning when Lance Johnson scored on a two-out single to left by second baseman Steve Springer.

Drees is the first man in PCL history to throw consecutive no-hitters. Baseball historian Bill Weiss thlnks Drees is the first professional to do its since Johnny Vander Meer threw consecutive no-hitters for the Cincinnati Reds in June, 1938.