B.J. Upton had a whale of a series in Baltimore

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I mentioned this in the recaps, but it’s worth noting again: B.J. Upton owned Camden Yards this weekend.

Yesterday he went 2-for-4 with four RBI overall he was 7-for-14 with four extra-base hits and eight RBI against the O’s.  For his career he’s at .297/.370/.535 in 173 plate appearances in Baltimore. That’s easily the best he’s done in any ballpark in which he’s had over 100 plate appearances (though he has been a bit better in 98 plate appearances in Texas).

Upton has said that he will drop the appeal of his suspension for arguing balls and strikes last week and sit out two of the three games the Rays will play in Cleveland starting tomorrow.  While it may not be nice to have his hot bats cooling in the bat rack at the moment, perhaps Upton is well-aware of the fact that he’s .180/.241/.200 for his career in Progressive Field. Which is easily the worst he’s done anywhere where he’s had as many as 50 plate appearances.

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.