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

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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:

https://twitter.com/BallparkVids/status/987892813177282560

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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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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