Reds skipping Mike Leake’s turn in rotation to keep Johnny Cueto on normal rest

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Mike Leake has mostly struggled since throwing a one-run complete game against the Mets on August 15, allowing 24 runs and nine homers in 32 innings, and the Reds have announced plans to skip his next turn in the rotation.

Leake was slated to pitch Tuesday, but instead Johnny Cueto make that start against the Brewers on what will still be normal rest thanks to today’s open date on the schedule. Barring another change of plans Leake will then re-enter the rotation Saturday versus the Pirates.

That means the pitching matchups for the Cincinnati-Milwaukee series will be Cueto vs. Mike Fiers on Tuesday, Bronso Arroyo vs. Shaun Marcum on Wednesday, and Mat Latos vs. Wily Peralta on Thursday.

Sean Manaea pitches the first no-hitter of 2018

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UPDATE (11:25 PM ET): Manaea delivered a nearly-flawless ninth inning to complete his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox on Saturday night. He collected the first two outs of the inning in quick succession with a groundout from Blake Swihart and fly out from Mookie Betts, then walked Andrew Benintendi on seven pitches. With a pitch count of just 108, he got Hanley Ramirez to ground into a force out for the final out of the game, polishing off the A’s 12th no-hitter in franchise history and first of the 2018 season.

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Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea has no-hit the Red Sox through eight innings of Saturday’s game. 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 held the Sox to just three total baserunners through the first eight innings.

Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning, collecting an infield hit for what appeared to be the Red Sox’ first hit of the evening. Upon further review, however, the hit was reversed after Benintendi incurred a batter interference call for running outside the baseline.

Manaea is currently working with 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. He’s racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts against 26 batters so far.

If Manaea sees the no-hitter through to completion — as seems entirely possible, given that his pitch count is resting at 95 entering the ninth — he’ll be 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, meanwhile, was back in 1993 against the Mariners’ Chris Bosio.