Hill has connection to Santana's no-hitter

Hill has connection to Santana's no-hitter

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Johan Santana threw the Mets' first no-hitter Friday, catcher Josh Thole was using Koyie Hill's glove.

Here's the story: Hill gave Cubs bullpen catcher Andy Lane one of his All-Star model gloves last year. Lane and Thole worked out together this offseason, and Thole liked "The Koyie" so much, he switched with Lane.

Lane exchanged text messages with Thole and found out Saturday it was Hill's glove. Hill said he thought he recognized it watching highlights of Santana's game.

"Your stuff looks familiar to you," Hill said.

Hill does have a no-hitter to his credit, catching lefty Lindsay Gulin's no-no at Triple-A in 2004.