It's Saunders (and possibly everybody else) in Game 6

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Saturday’s postponement gave manager
Mike Scioscia an opportunity to start Jered Weaver on regular rest,
however he will go ahead with Joe Saunders, as scheduled, against Andy
Pettitte. Saunders allowed two runs over seven innings as part of a
no-decision in Game 2.

With their backs against the wall, it will be all hands on deck for the Angels. John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Scott Kazmir and Ervin Santana will all be available out of the bullpen, if necessary.

It’s going to give us some more options to look at, absolutely,” Scioscia
said. “We’ll have our whole staff out there tomorrow. Lackey is still
in play tomorrow. We’ll get through Game 6. There’s no sense talking
about a Game 7.”

Though Lackey is available in Game
6, Scioscia will surely try to save his horse for a possible Game 7.
The Angels still have some work to do, but it’s pretty clear who will
get the call if there’s a decisive game, at least according to Weaver.

“Yeah, I would think so,” he said. “That’s our horse. He’s a guy who
loves pitching in big games. We all do. He’s obviously had a little
more experience in that regard. Whatever they do that’s best for the
team, I’m good with that.”



Sean Manaea pitches 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.