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A's lefty Manaea earns first no-hitter of 2018. Why this stunned some baseball fans

An MLB no-hitter is special on any night, but the one thrown Saturday by A's left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea was especially unexpected given the circumstances.

Manaea not only dominated in front of a home crowd at the Oakland Coliseum, striking out 10 batters, he toppled a Red Sox team that entered the game a red-hot 17-2 and that had scored a total of 34 runs in its previous four games.

Manaea's no-hitter was the 12th in A's history. Meanwhile, Boston hadn't been on the losing end of a no-hitter since 1993, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

As such, Saturday night was a big surprise for many A's fans and baseball followers. Here's some of what people had to say on social media.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Manaea with a masterpiece no hitter! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RootedInOakland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RootedInOakland</a> <a href="https://t.co/MoJ3wDIFSa">pic.twitter.com/MoJ3wDIFSa</a></p>&mdash; Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) <a href="https://twitter.com/Athletics/status/987896008603402240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Manaea throws the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A&#39;s history and does so against a team that had won 17 of past 18 games, was averaging six-plus runs per game. A&#39;s win 3-0 over Boston. Ten Ks for Manaea.</p>&mdash; Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) <a href="https://twitter.com/susanslusser/status/987894706859266049?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Manaea, drinks are on us! <br><br>- Yankees fans</p>&mdash; Evan Daniel (@mrevandaniel) <a href="https://twitter.com/mrevandaniel/status/987895089186922496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Manaea no-hits the Red Sox. So, yes, they are beatable.</p>&mdash; Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) <a href="https://twitter.com/SNETCampbell/status/987894734516506626?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Red Sox were 17-2 and off to one of the hottest starts in MLB history. <br><br>The Red Sox just got no hit by Sean Manaea. <br><br>“That’s baseball Suzyn”</p>&mdash; Steve Angelovich (@angelsteve89) <a href="https://twitter.com/angelsteve89/status/987894819644170241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Manaea has thrown a no hitter against the Boston Red Sox. What an incredible moment for him and these A&#39;s fans.</p>&mdash; Julian McWilliams (@JulianMack105) <a href="https://twitter.com/JulianMack105/status/987894700588781569?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1. Red Sox have historic start, lose opening day then go 17-1<br>2. Face A’s, losers of 11 of first 20<br>3. Sean Manaea of A’s, with no career Complete Games, no-hits Red Sox<br>4. For the unexpected, for the “any given night,” Baseball remains the greatest game <a href="https://t.co/oJYRG2Andi">pic.twitter.com/oJYRG2Andi</a></p>&mdash; Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) <a href="https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/987895015513968642?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congrats to our very own Sean Manaea, starting pitcher for the Oakland A’s.<br><br>Manaea made history tonight throwing a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox!!!<a href="https://twitter.com/SeanManaea?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@seanmanaea</a></p>&mdash; Andrean High School (@AndreanHigh) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndreanHigh/status/987896391782498304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Red Sox might have 17 wins but tonight, they got zero hits and I will enjoy every last second of it. Thank you Sean Manaea for making my Saturday night that much better and congrats on history.</p>&mdash; Jake Montgomery (@JakeM0NTGOMERY) <a href="https://twitter.com/JakeM0NTGOMERY/status/987895264110436352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sean Manaea no-hits the Red Sox, who came into tonight 17-2. You really can’t predict ball.</p>&mdash; Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisCotillo/status/987894924724064256?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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