Anibal Sanchez loses no-hitter in seventh

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3:10 p.m. EDT – So much for that.  Laynce Nix just delivered a line-drive single to right to start the seventh.  Mike Stanton got a great jump on the ball and could have had the diving catch, but the ball popped out as his glove hit the ground.

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Another day, another no-hitter alert.

Anibal Sanchez, who threw a no-hitter as a rookie for the Marlins five years ago, has held the Nationals hitless through six.

One big problem: he’s at 97 pitches already, meaning he’s going to need a quick seventh inning to have any chance of going the distance.

Sanchez has 10 strikeouts on the day.  He hasn’t walked anyone, but he has hit a batter and he had Laynce Nix reach on an Omar Infante error back in the first inning.

Sanchez threw a one-hitter in a 4-1 complete-game victory over the Rockies back on April 22.  It’s his only win so far this season, though he entered the day with a respectable 4.15 ERA.

Royals closer Kelvin Herrera leaves with forearm tightness

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The Royals are a game and a half out of the crazy AL Wild Card race — six games back of the Indians in the division — so they don’t have a huge margin for error. They got some bad news last night, though, that could have a major impact on their playoff hopes: closer Kelvin Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm in the ninth inning of last night’s win, forcing him out of the game.

Herrera walked the bases loaded, then went to a 2-0 count on the next batter before leaving the game. That last pitch was a fastball that clocked in at 91 m.p.h., which is NOT a typical Kelvin Herrera fastball.  Herrera didn’t talk after the game but his teammate Sal Perez said that Herrera told him  “I’m tight. I don’t feel my forearm.”

Reporters left the clubhouse before an official diagnosis or prognosis could be delivered, so expect an update some time today. If Herrera is out the closer duties could fall to Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer.

Albert Pujols sets the all-time record for home runs by a foreign-born player

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Albert Pujols had a big night last night, driving in four runs as the Angels beat the Rangers 10-1. Three of those runs came on a three-run homer. That was the 610th home run of Pujols’ career, snapping a tie for eighth on the all-time list with Sammy Sosa. It also made him baseball’s all-time leader for home runs by a player born outside the U.S.

Pujols was aware of the accomplishment, of course, and noted how honored he was after the game:

”It’s pretty special. Obviously, all the great players from the Dominican Republic, Latin America, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, they’ve gone through the big leagues and to be able to accomplish something like this is very humbling.”

After Sosa, who is from the Dominican Republic, comes Rafael Palmeiro (569); Manny Ramirez (555); David Ortiz (541); Carlos Delgado (473); Jose Canseco (462); Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera (459).