Derek Lowe loses no-hitter in seventh against Marlins

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8:50 p.m. EDT update: no no-no for Lowe.  Greg Dobbs singled off the glove of a diving Alex Gonzalez with one out in the seventh.  Even if Gonzalez had managed to grab it, he would have had a tough time throwing Dobbs out at on the play.

With the no-hitter gone, it will be interesting to see if Lowe comes back out.  He hasn’t pitched into the eighth this year.

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8:55 p.m. EDT update: Lowe didn’t even survive the seventh.  Following a second single and a two-out walk to load the bases, he was pulled in favor of Eric O’Flaherty.

Maybe there is something to that jinx thing after all.

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For the second time this season, Derek Lowe has pitched six no-hit innings.  He’s taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Marlins with the Braves up 2-0.

Lowe previously pitched six hitless innings against the Phillies on May 6.  He was pulled from that one after allowing back-to-back hits to begin the seventh, but he still got the victory as the Braves prevailed 5-0.

Lowe hasn’t pitched a complete game since 2008, so the odds are really stacked against him here.  He has one no-hitter to his credit, that coming for the Red Sox against the Devil Rays on April 27, 2002.

Yasiel Puig was late to a workout on Monday, so Dave Roberts benched him

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Earlier, Craig wrote about how Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is back in manager Dave Roberts’ doghouse once again. Puig didn’t slide into second base when he was caught stealing to end Saturday’s game, which irked Roberts.

Puig didn’t earn himself any brownie points on Monday as he was late to a team workout and was benched as a result, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports. Roberts said, “That was a decision he made, not me.” Roberts added that he was disappointed in Puig, though he did note that the former All-Star’s behavior has been improved for most of the season.

Puig, 26, has had a solid season, batting .259/.339/.474 with 26 home runs, 70 RBI, 66 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 554 plate appearances. While he hasn’t provided value on the same level as Justin Turner or Corey Seager, he’s been a valuable part of the lineup which makes this drama all the more unfortunate with just a week and a half before the start of the NLDS.

MLB, MLBPA grant Pirates exemption for Jung Ho Kang to participate in Dominican Winter League

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Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates were granted an exemption by Major League Baseball and the players’ union which will allow infielder Jung Ho Kang to participate in the Dominican Winter League without being removed from the restricted list.

Kang, 30, has been denied a visa by the Department of State as a result of his third DUI in South Korea last September. Kang was also under investigation in 2015 for alleged sexual assault.

Kang is under contract through the end of 2018 and the Pirates have a club option for the 2019 season as well, so it makes sense they would try to get him into some type of baseball action ahead of next season. The infielder has hit .273/.355/.483 in 837 plate appearances across two seasons in the majors. As Brink notes, Kang has already arrived to the Dominican Republic and will work out with his team, Aguilas Cibaenas, ahead of the start of the season on October 20.