With the Yankees coming back to the pack in the AL East general manager Brian Cashman was asked yesterday whether manager Joe Girardi’s job could be in jeopardy.
His answer was a simple “no” and then when a follow-up question wondered whether Girardi’s job was safe regardless of how the Yankees finish the season his answer was an equally simply “yup.”
Two weeks ago Hal Steinbrenner told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that Girardi’s job was “not at all” at stake, so unless both men are being coy the manager isn’t going anywhere.
Girardi is under contract for next season at $3 million and despite struggling of late the Yankees still hold a one-game lead in the AL East with the league’s third-best record at 82-63. This is Girardi’s fifth season as Yankees manager after one season managing the Marlins and his .570 career winning percentage is the 15th-best of all time and tops all active managers.
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.