Busy Rangers add Khalil Greene

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Khalil Greene headshot.jpgThe Rangers weren’t done after the signing of Vlad, as they also inked Khalil Greene to a one-year, $750,000 contract, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.

Limited to 77 games last season due to anxiety-related issues, the
30-year-old Greene hit just .200/.272/.347 with six home runs and 24
RBI. With Elvis Andrus as the clear starter at shortstop, Greene is
expected to fill a utility role similar to what Omar Vizquel did last
season in Texas. Before appearing in 16 games at third base last season
for the Cardinals, Greene had never appeared at any position other than
shortstop during his major league career. He only has a small showing
at third base, but he isn’t rated very highly at either position,
according to UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating).

It’s pretty clear that finding a major league contract was important to
Greene, so it’s a small victory that he received anything more than a
minor league deal, however this probably isn’t the best situation for
him to reestablish his value.

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.