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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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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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Yankees Activate Giancarlo Stanton

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The New York Yankees have officially activated slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the injured list, according to a team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Yankees have optioned outfielder Mike Tauchman, who was optioned on Monday night.

Stanton has missed the majority of the season, mainly due to a biceps issue, but his stay on the injured was extended due to a shoulder strain, and calf injury that popped up during his rehab.

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