Philip Humber delivers 21st perfect game in MLB history

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White Sox right-hander Philip Humber took the mound Saturday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field as the owner of an uninspiring 4.06 career ERA.

When nine innings were up, the 29-year-old starter fell to the grass a few feet in front of home plate as a member of major league history.

Humber tossed nine perfect framess against the Mariners, striking out nine batters, walking none, and yielding only a handful of hard-hit balls (all of which were converted into outs). He needed just 96 pitches, and 67 of those deliveries went for strikes.

It was the first perfect game of Humber’s career, the third in White Sox history, and the 21st in MLB.

“I can’t even put it into words,” Humber told the FOX broadcast in a postgame interview, shortly before being doused with a bucket of ice water by his teammates. He dedicated the achievement to his wife.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?