Futures Game rosters announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the rosters of this year’s Futures Game, which will take place in Phoenix during the All-Star break.  You know the deal: prospects. Ones with future potential. Get it?  Yeah, I knew you would. You’re clever like that.

The setup is U.S. vs. the World.  Here are the players, with their organizations in parenthesis:

U.S. TEAM

Pitchers 
Jarred Cosart (Phillies)
Kyle Gibson (Twins)
Matt Harvey (Mets)
Shelby Miller (Cardinals)
Matt Moore (Rays)
Brad Peacock (Nationals)
Drew Pomeranz (Indians)
Tyler Skaggs (D’Backs)
Tyler Thornburg (Brewers)
Jacob Turner (Tigers)

Catchers
Devin Mesoraco (Reds)
Austin Romine (Yankees)

Infielders 
Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
Chase d’Arnaud (Pirates)
James Darnell (Padres)
Paul Goldschmidt (D’Backs)
Grant Green (Athletics)
Jason Kipnis (Indians)
Manny Machado (Orioles)
Will Middlebrooks (Red Sox)

Outfielders
Gary Brown (Giants)
Bryce Harper (Nationals)
Wil Myers (Royals)
Matthew Szczur (Cubs)
Mike Trout (Angels)

WORLD TEAM

Pitchers
Henderson Alvarez (Blue Jays)
Liam Hendriks (Twins)
Kevin Herrera (Royals)
Gregory Infante (White Sox)
Jhan Marinez (Marlins)
Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)
James Paxton (Mariners)
Martin Perez (Rangers)
Julio Teheran (Braves)
Arodys Vizcaino (Braves)

Catchers
Wilin Rosario (Rockies)
Sebastian Valle (Phillies)

Infielders
Yonder Alonso (Reds)
Jose Altuve (Astros)
Jefry Marte (Mets)
Francisco Martinez (Tigers)
Hak-Ju Lee (Rays)
Alex Liddi (Mariners)
Jurickson Profrar (Rangers)
Jonathan Schoop (Orioles)

Outfielders
Chih-Hsien Chiang (Red Sox)
Reymond Fuentes (Padres)
Starling Marte (Pirates)
Alfredo Silverio (Dodgers)
Dayan Viciedo (White Sox)

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.