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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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