Hiroki Kuroda notches rare seven-inning shutout

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With the rain showing no sign of stopping, Wednesday’s game between the Blue Jays and Yankees was called in the bottom of the seventh with the Bombers up 6-0, giving Hiroki Kuroda a seven-inning shutout.

It was the first shutout (or complete game of any kind) for Kuroda since he had two in his rookie season with the Dodgers in 2008. Even without a delay, he almost certainly would have been done for the day after the top of the seventh, as he had thrown 108 pitches.

Not counting any combined efforts, Kuroda’s unusual shutout was the longest in a non-nine-inning game since Baltimore’s Mark Hendrickson had a seven-inning shutout against the Yankees on July 21, 2003. The Yankees’ Phil Hughes had one of last year’s two non-nine-inning shutouts, picking one up in a six-inning game against the White Sox on Aug. 2.

No done deal for Jeter and Jeb: Rob Manfred says two groups still in play for the Marlins

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For all of the headlines about Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush buying the Miami Marlins, this is looking like anything but a done deal. First is the small matter of the billion and a half bucks Jeter and Jeb need to put together. Then there’s the matter of there being another . . . mystery bidder!

That according to commissioner Rob Manfred who says two groups are still bidding to buy the Marlins. He said this morning at the groundbreaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum, adding “There is no agreement in place. We’re working with more than one group . . . there is not a signed document on any topic.”

Despite this, Manfred said that “the timeline is relatively short; it would be measured in days, not months.” So someone is likely to find that billion and a half bucks soon, I reckon.

Red Sox prospect involved in serious auto accident

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Via WEEI.com comes a report that Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers.

The driver of the other car involved in the accident was killed. Steen is in the hospital in critical condition. It appears as though the other driver veered off the road, overcorrected and then crossed the center line, crashing into Steen’s SUV.

Steen, 20, is a starting pitcher. He was a ninth round pick of the Red Sox in 2014 out of Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s played three seasons in the Sox season and was about to begin his fourth.