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Watch LA Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw pitch a near-perfect no-hitter

Baseball is unusual in that some of the most exciting games are the ones where nothing much happens. One of those games was on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, where Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw pitched a rare no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies. In fact, but for a bungled play by Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the seventh inning, Kershaw would have thrown a perfect game. The second no-hitter of the season — the first was pitched by teammate Josh Beckett May 25 against the Phillies — was a pretty sweet consolation prize, as was his career-high 15 strikeouts in the game.

How rare are no-hitters? This was only the 12th in Dodgers history and the 284th in Major League Baseball.

Here's how it went down. --Peter Weber