UPDATE: He did it! He did it! Halladay retired 27 of 27 Marlins hitters and just completed the 20th perfect game in MLB history. It is the second in Phillies history.
UPDATE: Halladay is now perfect through eight innings with 10 total strikeouts. He’s up to 103 pitches, but high pitch counts have never really bothered the workhorse right-hander.
8:58pm: Let’s go ahead and reel in some of you folks who are locked in on NBC’s Stanley Cup finals coverage or the NBA Playoffs. We may have a historic night in south Florida, as Phillies starter Roy Halladay has a perfect game through seven innings against the Marlins.
He has fanned nine batters without allowing a walk or a hit. The former Toronto ace has never thrown a no-no, never mind a perfect game. We’ll have updates as he continues toward history.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.