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BREAKING: Athletics’ Sean Manaea Tosses No-Hitter Against Red Sox



The first no-hitter of 2018 is in the books, and it just so happened to come against baseball’s hottest offense.

Funny how baseball works like that.

Just a little more than two hours ago, Oakland Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea completed his first career no-no, a 10 strikeout masterpiece in a 3-0 win against the Boston Red Sox to snap their eight-game winning streak.

Ironically (but not really, like I said this is baseball), the final out of the game came on the hardest hit ball of the evening off the bat of Hanley Ramirez following an Andrew Benintendi walk:

Boom. History.

For the Red Sox, this is the first time (12th overall) they’ve been no-hit since April 22, 1993 when Chris Bosio of the Seattle Mariners accomplished the feat. Weirdly enough, if Manaea’s no-hitter came one day later, it would’ve been exactly 25 years to the day of Bosio’s. Baseball!!

As for Oakland, this is their first no-hitter since Dallas Braden spun a perfect game on May 9, 2010 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Additionally, it’s the 12th no-hitter in club history, and seventh since the franchise moved to Oakland in 1968.

Manaea, 26, entered Saturday night’s game with a 1.63 ERA in his first four starts; it’s now 1.23 to go along with his 3-1 record.

Everything was working for Manaea on the night as Boston simply had no answer for him. Gotta give him props, and I’m a Red Sox fan. He was damn impressive. I was desperately hoping someone would break it up, but it simply didn’t happen. I hate to see my Red Sox get no-hit, but this was an A+ effort.

Some fans on Twitter think Manaea didn’t deserve a no-hitter because of this:

But Benintendi was clearly out of the baseline. Wasn’t that close. Rules are rules.

Also an inning before that, Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien dropped a popup off the bat of Sandy Leon. He had to go back on it, but it didn’t look like very hard of a play. It wasn’t exactly the most “routine” play you’ll ever see but the ball was extremely catchable as it hung up in the air for plenty of time. Semien didn’t have to sprint back either as he was jogging pretty casually. Looked to be in control, but straight up dropped the ball. Legit error in my opinion. Obviously there were fans not happy with that call either. In those stages of the game, you want the first hit to be a clean one.

Also, remember that Semien’s not that great of a defensive shortstop. He had 56 errors at short from 2015-16, and nine last year in 85 games. Major League shortstops should make that play.

For those unfamiliar with who Manaea was prior to his gem, they’re sure as hell familiar with him now, and something tells me that the third-year Athletic (19-19, 4.12 ERA the previous two years in 54 games/53 starts) is about to be the most picked up player in fantasy because this was truly a breakout performance to put his name on the map.

Couldn’t have said it any better. Once again, BASEBALL.

Congratulations, Sean.

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



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



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’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



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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