Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz threw a no-hitter in his second career major league start back in 2007. In his 108th career major league start this afternoon against the Rays, he may throw another.
Buchholz has allowed no hits through seven innings versus Tampa Bay. He’s issued four walks and his pitch count is up to 99, but the 28-year-old has already thrown 113 pitches in a game this season so the Red Sox should allow him to go the distance. Buchholz has tallied a career-high 11 strikeouts.
We’ll provide regular updates as he goes for history.
UPDATE, 4:05 PM: Tampa Bay’s Kelly Johnson smacked a broken bat single to right field to open the top of the eighth inning. The no-hitter is gone for Buchholz. You can blame us if you’d like.
The first few days of spring training have been pretty quiet. Guys are going about their business and games are being played, but we haven’t had any news or controversy or silliness or anything fun like that. That’s about to change, however, as Tim Tebow has arrived at Mets camp.
Tebow, a non-roster invite, arrived at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this morning and, unlike every other non-roster invite, had a press conference. You may be surprised to learn that he’s in great shape, is excited to get going and wants to improve steadily each day.
The plan for Tebow is to be a part of the minor league camp, not the major league one, so he’s not going to be as visible at workouts as you might expect. He will be playing in some major league spring training games, however, at least until we get deeper into spring training, after which you’d assume that veterans and players with a real shot of making the big club will play longer.
In the meantime, you can buy Tebow shirts. But not Curtis Granderson ones, it seems:
Or, I should say, it’s spring training for whatever automated timer thingie turns the sprinklers on and off.
This was the scene at Goodyear on Saturday as the Indians and Reds played in the bottom of the eighth in their spring training opener. Reds manager Bryan Price says that this was probably the second or third time this has happened in the middle of a game there.
Maybe investigate manually operating that bad boy? Just a suggestion!