Jason Bay is "not close" to returning

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When Jason Bay collided into the left field fence in Los Angeles on July 23, I described it as a potential season-changing moment. Not for the Mets, necessarily, but that Bay would finally be the elite run producer we all know he is capable of being. Of course, I said that not knowing he would eventually suffer from concussion symptoms, but if I had the chance to meet “12 days ago me,” I’d probably punch that optimistic sucker right in the gut.

And now this. A team official tells Anthony DiComo of MLB.com that Bay is “not close” to coming off the disabled list and is unlikely to be activated when he is eligible next Tuesday.

Bay told Mets trainer Ray Ramirez that he is feeling “a little better,” however he has yet to begin baseball activities and the club has no indication of when he will actually do so. You know what that means? More Francoeur for everyone!

As for Bay, it’s pretty sad when the most entertaining thing to come out of his first season in Queens is his inclusion in a rap “song” by Ron Artest.

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.