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Sports LEADING OFF: D-backs keep pitching amid no-hitter debate

06:30  27 april  2021
06:30  27 april  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Almost perfect: Rodón settles for no-hitter after HBP in 9th

  Almost perfect: Rodón settles for no-hitter after HBP in 9th CHICAGO — Carlos Rodón jumped around near the mound, surrounded by exuberant teammates. All the injuries, all the uncertainty, it seemed like a lifetime ago. From no roster spot to no-hitter — Rodón had arrived at his moment. The left-hander threw the second no-hitter of the young baseball season Wednesday night, losing his bid for a perfect game on a hit batter with one out in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. “It just feels good to finally sit here and tell you I dominated today, and it felt good,” Rodón said. “I've never really done that.

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Alec Mills is swarmed by teammates after throwing a no hitter at a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Sept. Cubs journeyman Alec Mills (5-3, 3.93) is set to pitch for the first time since his unexpected no - hitter a week ago against Milwaukee. The 28-year-old will face the Twins in just the 16th start of his big league career. Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 is the only pitcher to throw consecutive no - hitters .

___ BACK AT IT. Cubs journeyman Alec Mills (5-3, 3.93) is set to pitch for the first time since his unexpected no - hitter a week ago against Milwaukee. The 28-year-old will face the Twins in just the 16th start of his big league career. Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 is the only pitcher to throw consecutive no - hitters . ACE CARD. Cardinals left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim starts at Milwaukee, trying to keep up his remarkable run. The 32-year-old Kim, who starred in South Korea before coming to the major leagues this season, is 2-0 with an 0.63 ERA in six games. He hasn’t permitted an earned run in his

A look at what's happening around the majors on Tuesday:

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ARIZONA ARMS

Right-hander Merrill Kelly (1-2, 7.71 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks when they host Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres following a dominant pitching performance in a doubleheader at Atlanta.

Madison Bumgarner tossed a seven-inning no-hitter against the Braves on Sunday after Zac Gallen threw a one-hit shutout in the opener.

Bumgarner didn’t get credit for a no-hitter in the Major League Baseball record book. An MLB committee in 1991 ruled a no-hitter had to go at least nine innings and the Elias Sports Bureau — the sport’s official statistician — repeated that stance last year when seven-inning doubleheaders began.

Rodón no-hits Indians after losing perfect game bid in 9th

  Rodón no-hits Indians after losing perfect game bid in 9th CHICAGO — Carlos Rodón threw the second no-hitter of the young baseball season Wednesday night, losing his bid for a perfect game on a hit batter with one out in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The left-hander retired his first 25 batters before he plunked Roberto Pérez on the back foot with an 0-2 slider. An incredulous Rodón looked on almost in bewilderment as Pérez made his way to first. Rodón (2-0) regained his composure in time to strike out Yu Chang looking and retire Jordan Luplow on a sharp grounder to third, starting a joyous celebration.

___ BACK AT IT. Cubs journeyman Alec Mills (5-3, 3.93) is set to pitch for the first time since his unexpected no - hitter a week ago against Milwaukee. The 28-year-old will face the Twins in just the 16th start of his big league career. Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 is the only pitcher to throw consecutive no - hitters . ACE CARD. Cardinals left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim starts at Milwaukee, trying to keep up his remarkable run. The 32-year-old Kim, who starred in South Korea before coming to the major leagues this season, is 2-0 with an 0.63 ERA in six games. He hasn’t permitted an earned run in his

___ BACK AT IT. Cubs journeyman Alec Mills (5-3, 3.93) is set to pitch for the first time since his unexpected no - hitter a week ago against Milwaukee. The 28-year-old will face the Twins in just the 16th start of his big league career. Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 is the only pitcher to throw consecutive no - hitters . ACE CARD. Cardinals left-hander Kwang Hyun Kim starts at Milwaukee, trying to keep up his remarkable run. The 32-year-old Kim, who starred in South Korea before coming to the major leagues this season, is 2-0 with an 0.63 ERA in six games. He hasn’t permitted an earned run in his

Bumgarner’s gem has ignited a lively debate among fans over whether it should count as a no-hitter. There currently are no plans by MLB to revisit the decision.

SPRINGER AND SCHERZER

Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo was optimistic that outfielder George Springer would finally be ready to make his Blue Jays debut when they host Washington in Dunedin, Florida. MVP of the 2017 World Series with Houston, Springer signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal with the Blue Jays during the off-season but has been slowed since spring training — first because of a strained oblique and then by a right quadriceps strain.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (1-1, 1.80 ERA), who has pitched 17 1/3 straight scoreless innings, is on the mound for the Nationals. Toronto counters with a bullpen day in the opener of a five-game homestand. It is the second homestand at the club’s spring training complex, where the Blue Jays are playing through at least May.

NHL evaluating alternate plans for North Division's playoff setup

  NHL evaluating alternate plans for North Division's playoff setup As the Stanley Cup Playoffs creep closer and closer and there has been no change at the Canadian border, it is seeming more and more likely that there will be some form of relocation in the postseason. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the NHL is not rushing to any conclusions, waiting to see if border policies are relaxed, but have to evaluate alternative plans for the North Division winner to be able to compete in the semifinals and Cup Final this season.

Star hitters Christian Yelich, Gary Sanchez, Hunter Pence and others are slumping badly in a season where hitters across the majors are struggling to find base hits. Cuts are coming for players around the majors as teams trim their active rosters from 30 players to 28, per plans agreed to by MLB and the union before the start of this virus-shortened 60-game season. The sides decided Tuesday that rosters will remain at 28 through the World Series, instead of dropping to 26 on Aug. 20 as initially planned.

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RESURGENT ROYALS

Fresh off their first four-game sweep on the road since 1999, surprising Kansas City opens a three-game series at Pittsburgh.

Carlos Santana, Whit Merrifield and the Royals are 14-7 and own the best record in the American League. They’ve won a season-high five in a row, boosted by four straight wins at Detroit.

The Royals haven’t finished over .500 since winning the 2015 World Series.

“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but we’re expecting good things to happen,” manager Mike Matheny said.

The Royals’ bullpen has been a big help — KC has won 58 consecutive games, dating to June 2019, when leading after the seventh inning for the longest such streak in baseball.

Jakob Junis is scheduled to start against the Pirates in the series opener, but All-Star catcher Salvador Perez might not be in the lineup. Perez exited Monday’s win with an injured right thumb after tagging out Miguel Cabrera and is day to day.

Bumgarner pitches 7-inning no-hitter, Arizona sweeps Braves

  Bumgarner pitches 7-inning no-hitter, Arizona sweeps Braves ATLANTA — Madison Bumgarner definitely had no-hit stuff, even if the Major League Baseball record book said he didn't. Bumgarner threw a seven-inning no-hitter, an achievement that won’t officially count but completed a dominant day of Arizona Diamondbacks pitching for a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves and a doubleheader sweep Sunday. Could he have kept the magic going for a nine-inning game? “I don’t know. There’s too many variables," BumgarnerBumgarner threw a seven-inning no-hitter, an achievement that won’t officially count but completed a dominant day of Arizona Diamondbacks pitching for a 7-0 win over the Atlanta Braves and a doubleheader sweep Sunday.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito pitched the 19th no - hitter in Chicago White Sox franchise history on Tuesday night, striking out 13 and walking one to boost Chicago to a 4-0 victory against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Giolito retired the final 18 Pirates he faced as the White Sox won for the eighth Chicago right fielder Adam Engel snagged a liner off the bat of Pirates shortstop Erik Gonzalez to end the game, as the White Sox recorded their first no - hitter since Philip Humber threw a perfect game in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on April 21, 2012. Giolito (3-2) threw 74 of his 101 pitches for strikes.

Cubs' Arrieta throws second no - hitter , furthers claim as game's best starter. Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta threw the second no - hitter of his career Thursday night in a 16-0 win over Cincinnati. Arrieta, who picked up his first career no-no last August against the Dodgers, needed 119 pitches to take down the Reds for his second. Working primarily with his sinker, the 30-year-old right-hander induced 11 ground balls, relying less on his swing-and-miss stuff—he got just 12 on the night—and instead picking up his outs on balls in play.

MLB CENTRAL

There's a quality pitching matchup in Cleveland for the second of 19 meetings this season between the Indians and Minnesota Twins.

Kenta Maeda (1-1, 6.11 ERA), runner-up for the AL Cy Young Award last year in his first season with Minnesota, has won all three of his career starts against Cleveland, posting a 0.50 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 18 innings.

Indians right-hander Aaron Civale (3-0, 2.42) has not lost in four starts this season, allowing only 14 hits and nine walks in 26 innings while striking out 22.

The teams have combined to win the last five AL Central titles, with Minnesota the two-time defending champion.

Cleveland won their first matchup this year when Jordan Luplow hit a two-run homer leading off the 10th inning against Twins closer Alex Colomé to give the Indians a 5-3 victory Monday night that dropped Minnesota to 0-5 in extra-inning games.

CHANGE AT THE TOP

The last-place Colorado Rockies are under new leadership after Jeff Bridich stepped down as general manager Monday, ending a tumultuous tenure that included two playoff appearances and a falling out with Nolan Arenado that ultimately led to the star third baseman’s off-season trade to St. Louis.

The team announced the decision was a mutual agreement with Bridich, who was in his seventh season as GM. The club will appoint an interim general manager for the rest of the season before launching a search following the post-season.

Bridich said in a statement that he recently had a conversation with owner Dick Monfort and newly appointed team president Greg Feasel about the team’s future.

“It became abundantly clear that ushering in a new leadership structure is critically important,” Bridich said. “Ultimately it will be what is best for the Rockies and for me.”

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