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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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