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Bartolo Colon Flirts With Perfection As Rangers Edge Astros On Sunday Night Baseball

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Bartolo Colon is almost 45 years old. He weighs almost 300 pounds, and he didn’t get signed until very late in the off-season– a Minor League deal with the Texas Rangers, no less.

Therefore, the odds of him pitching a perfect game into the eighth inning against the defending World Champions in a mid-April start on national television seemed highly unlikely.

But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday night on Jackie Robinson Day.

As the game went on and the tension rose, it was impossible not to root for Big Sexy. This is a man who had a combined 6.48 ERA last year for two teams in 28 starts. His future in the bigs seemed uncertain.

Yet, as was proven last night, he still has the ability to stymie a big-league lineup- even one as powerful as the Houston Astros. Did I mention they’re the defending champs?

Last night, Colon was perfect through seven innings. The Rangers were winning 1-0 as Astros starter Justin Verlander matched Colon pitch for pitch. The world was watching- and rooting- for Colon to toss his first ever no-hitter in his 22nd season.

Colon lost his perfect game one batter into the bottom of the eighth as Astros shortstop Carlos Correa walked on five pitches. The no-hitter was still very much alive, until the next batter, Josh Reddick, ripped a double down the right field line.

The next batter, Yuli Gurriel, tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Colon got taken out of the game with two outs, and settled for a no-decision as the Rangers scored twice in the 10th to pull out a 3-1 win.

Regardless, it was a magical evening for Colon (seven strikeouts) as he made a legitimate bid to make history:

What a story this would have been, whether it was a no-hitter or perfect game. Still, a pretty cool story nonetheless. Flirting with a perfect game against the Houston Astros on Sunday Night Baseball. Great stuff right there.

“When I pitched seven innings… I started thinking about it,” said Colon after the win. “But I know that [Jose] Altuve and those guys can hit. Yeah, the sinker and the fastball; it was pretty much exactly what I wanted. It means a lot, not just for me, but for the team, because we won.”

Sunday marked the second longest no-hit bid of Colon’s career. In 2000, he pitched 7 1/3 no-hit innings against the New York Yankees at the old Yankee Stadium, eventually tossing a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts in a 2-0 Cleveland Indians win.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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