12:08 AM: So it goes. Shane Victorino broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out single in the eighth inning.
11:54 PM: This isn’t related to the no-hitter, but here’s a sign that Kuroda is have a once-in-a-lifetime night. In the bottom of the seventh inning, he just got his first hit of the season. He was 0-for-45 before the one-out single to center field.
11:47 PM: Ho-hum. Another Monday, another chance at history.
Hiroki Kuroda currently has a no-hitter through seven innings against the Phillies. He has allowed just two baserunners thus far — by virtue of hitting Jayson Werth with a pitch in the second inning and walking Carlos Ruiz in the sixth — while striking out six.
Kuroda has also thrown 83 pitches, 53 of them for strikes, so opposed to Rich Harden last week, he should have a legitimate chance to finish this one. Stay tuned to see if he can keep it going.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.