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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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Rays Place Austin Meadows On IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right thunb.

Rays general manager Erik Neander said that the team may be without Meadows for “a few weeks”, according to the Tamp Bay Times’ Marc Topkin.

Meadows has started the 2019 season hot, posting a stellar .351/.422/.676 slash line to go along with six homers for Tampa Bay.

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Blue Jays’ Matt Shoemaker Out for Season with Torn ACL

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Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Matt Shoemaker will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL, according to Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Shoemaker, who was initially placed on the 10-day injured list, suffered the injury during a game on Saturday.

Shoemaker, 32, was off to an impressive start for Toronto, pitching the the tune of 1.57 ERA.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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