Glavine done for 2009, probably forever

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Tom Glavine texted his almost-retirement to a television reporter last night, writing “I’m not going to pitch or do anything in baseball until at least next year. I want to be a full time dad.”

I suspect that the reference to next year is just a charade and that,
in reality, he knows he’s never pitching again. To formally retire now
would be to have been more or less pushed out of the game by Frank Wren
and diminishing skills. If he waits until next spring to announce his
retirement, however, he can tell himself and the public that, “hey, I
was totally capable of pitching in 2009, but after taking some time and
hanging out with my family, I realized I had nothing left to prove.”

Which is fine by me. Tom Glavine has earned the right to do whatever
the hell he wants to do, in my mind. If going out on his terms is what
he wants to do — even if they’re his second or third choice of terms
— he’s entitled to do so.

Sean Manaea pitches the first no-hitter of 2018

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Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.

Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.

Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.

Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.