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Montero cherishes his role in Mariners' no-no

Montero cherishes his role in Mariners' no-no

SEATTLE -- Jesus Montero walked around the clubhouse Saturday afternoon looking more like most 22-year-olds would in that setting, getting pictures of fellow Mariners signed. But the rookie catcher wasn't starstruck, he was merely trying to gather mementos from the previous night's no-hitter.

The Mariners used six pitchers to no-hit the Dodgers on Friday night and Montero caught the entire game, realizing one of his boyhood dreams. He had printed out game pictures from the night before and was having his teammates autograph them as keepsakes.

As happy and calm as he was Saturday, quite the opposite was the case during the late stages of the Mariners' historic performance Friday.

"I was nervous on the last pitch, I wanted the no-hitter," Montero said. "I didn't know what to call that pitch. I was looking at the dugout, I was looking at [pitching coach] Carl Willis to see what was going on, and he didn't tell me anything. I was like, 'OK, let's go with this.'"

Montero, who had called the entire game, said he was praying through the final out. Of course, that last pitch turned out perfectly for the Mariners, as Andre Ethier grounded out to second to end the contest.

But Montero was also set on turning the page to Saturday's game, as well as the rest of the season. That desire was echoed by manager Eric Wedge.

"Last night was last night and today is today," Wedge said. "So I'm just focused on today right now and making sure we're prepared to play."