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.
Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.
LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.
There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.
The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.