Shocker: Eric Chavez contemplating retirement

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I hope you’re sitting down for this, but Eric Chavez is thinking hard about retiring:

“I’ve pondered retirement. I’d lie if I said I didn’t.
The truth of the matter is that I don’t know what I’m going to do . . . I’d love to come back and play the last month of the season with the
team. I just don’t know if that’s going to happen, but it would mean the
world to me to be in uniform when the season ends. Either way, I’ll be
in Oakland one way or the other, to come back and play, or to say
goodbye.”

That came in an email to the San Francisco Chronicle. Word on the street is that Chavez dislocated his index finger as he clicked “send.” He’ll have and MRI tomorrow after which time it will be determined if surgery is necessary.

On a more serious note, the fate of Eric Chavez over the past four years has to be one of the more depressing in all of baseball. A supremely talented hitter when he was healthy, the guy stands as one of the most significant “what could have been” stories in recent memory.

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.