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Shelby had keen eye on Verlander's bid

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers' "eye in the sky" coach John Shelby had his eye on Justin Verlander's bid for a no-hitter in Detroit Friday night against Pittsburgh.

But Shelby wasn't watching to see if Verlander could become the sixth Major League pitcher to record three or more no-no's in his career. Rather, he was hoping his nephew, 24-year-old third baseman Josh Harrison, might be the guy to break it up.

So, when Verlander had yet to give up a hit through seven innings, Shelby headed to the batting cages at Miller Park during the Brewers-Twins game and switched the TVs over to the game at Comerica Park.

And sure enough, after Verlander struck out the first batter he faced in the top of the ninth inning, Harrison stepped to the plate and snuck a single through the middle of the infield for the Pirates' only hit of the game.

"I screamed so loud our security guard ran in," Shelby said Saturday. "He thought something was wrong."

Shelby assured the guard everything was fine, and texted his nephew on Saturday morning to offer his congratulations. Less than a week after a group of family members watched Harrison come away with a game-winning hit against Houston on Mother's Day, Shelby said Friday was another special moment for the family.

"Last night, just getting the chance to see that was pretty impressive," Shelby said. "I'm proud of him."

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MIL Full Game Coverage WAUKEE -- Brewers' "eye in the sky" coach John Shelby had his eye on Justin Verlander's bid for a no-hitter in Detroit Friday night against Pittsburgh.

But Shelby wasn't watching to see if Verlander could become the sixth Major League pitcher to record three or more no-no's in his career. Rather, he was hoping his nephew, 24-year-old third baseman Josh Harrison, might be the guy to break it up.

So, when Verlander had yet to give up a hit through seven innings, Shelby headed to the batting cages at Miller Park during the Brewers-Twins game and switched the TVs over to the game at Comerica Park.

And sure enough, after Verlander struck out the first batter he faced in the top of the ninth inning, Harrison stepped to the plate and snuck a single through the middle of the infield for the Pirates' only hit of the game.

"I screamed so loud our security guard ran in," Shelby said Saturday. "He thought something was wrong."

Shelby assured the guard everything was fine, and texted his nephew on Saturday morning to offer his congratulations. Less than a week after a group of family members watched Harrison come away with a game-winning hit against Houston on Mother's Day, Shelby said Friday was another special moment for the family.

"Last night, just getting the chance to see that was pretty impressive," Shelby said. "I'm proud of him."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.