9:18 PM: Wood lost his bid for a perfect game on a Carlos Ruiz double with no outs in the ninth. Still, a fine performance from a promising youngster on a first-place Reds team.
9:15 PM: Halladay held the Reds to one hit and zero runs in the top of the ninth inning. Wood will need to put in some extra work in order to secure a perfect game. One thing’s for sure: Reds manager Dusty Baker will have no problem leaving the 23-year-old rookie in for well over 120 pitches.
9:05 PM: Wood made it through the eighth inning unscathed and will head into the ninth with a chance to make history. The score is still 0-0, however, and Wood has thrown 92 pitches. He needs a little help from his offense.
8:58 PM: There’s an exceptional pitching duel going on right now in Philadelphia.
Reds youngster Travis Wood has thrown seven perfect innings with eight strikeouts in his third major league start and Phillies ace Roy Halladay has allowed only four hits over eight scoreless frames. The score is 0-0. We’ll keep you updated.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the San Francisco Giants “have keen interest” in Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.
Longoria is coming off his worst season as a major leaguer, having hit .261/.313/.424 with 20 homers in 2017. He’s also still owed $86 million through 2022. Which, back when the deal was signed seemed like quite a bargain for the Rays — and likely has been over the duration of the contract — but now seems somewhat steep for the 32 year-old third baseman. That said, the Giants currently have Pablo Sandoval penciled in at third base on their depth chart, so Longoria would definitely be an upgrade, even if 2017’s dip wasn’t just a blip.
Nightengale says that for the Giants to take on Longoria, the Rays would have to take on a high salary veteran such as Denard Span or Hunter Pence. Span is owed $9 million in 2018, with a $4 million buyout on a $12 million option for 2019. Pence is owed $18.5 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract and has a full no-trade clause.
If he stays with the Rays, Longoria will achieve 10-5 rights — full no-trade protection due to being a ten-year veteran with five years of service on the same club — so if the Rays are going to move him, it’ll be much easier this offseason, not once the 2018 season begins.