Jun 16, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Tribune erroneously gives Rays a no-hitter over Astros (Photo)

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Newspapers are dying in America for a variety of reasons. Most industry-killing factors are things that nobody can control. But there are still things you can control, like getting basic facts right.

The Tampa Tribune clearly needs to work on the whole “getting facts straight” thing after their headline about the Tampa Bay Rays on the front page of Sunday’s edition.

The headline reads “Tampa Bay Rays rout Houston Astros in 8-0 no-hitter.” Close. The Rays did rout the Astros 8-0, but it was a one-hitter pitched by three Tampa hurlers.

There is a pretty significant difference between a one-hitter and a no-hitter. A one-hitter is a great pitching performance but not an especially newsworthy event (particularly when it’s a three-man one-hitter). A no-hitter is massive.

The fact that the headline is tucked away in the corner shows that someone at the Tampa Tribune possesses news judgment. They know a one-hitter isn’t that big a deal. Too bad their copy says “no-hitter.” You have to get that kind of thing right 100% of the time. Especially in the print edition.

At least us irresponsible, stupid, unprofessional bloggers know we can always go back and change it. Newspaper guys, once it’s out there, it’s out there.

And now it’s on Twitter and everyone is chuckling and shaking their head. Great job Tampa Tribune. Just awesome.

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