Kyle Farnsworth aims to return next week

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Kyle Farnsworth won’t pitch this weekend against the Red Sox, but he hopes to return next week during a series against the Yankees.

Farnsworth hasn’t pitched since last Saturday due to lingering tenderness in his throwing elbow. However, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, he was able to make 25 throws with a ball in a sock yesterday. This may sound a little strange, but the exercise is designed to minimize stress on the arm.

Assuming his elbow bounces back OK, Farnsworth is slated to throw on the field on Sunday and have a bullpen session Tuesday in New York. The goal is to have him available for the series finale against the Yankees on Thursday. Joel Peralta, who earned a save Monday against the Orioles, should continue to ninth-inning duties during his absence.

Farnsworth, 35, has a 2.32 ERA and 45/10 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings this season. He has converted 23 out of 29 save opportunities.

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.