2:57: And now it’s over for Harang too, as Logan Schafer singles up the middle to lead off the seventh. Now it’s just a regular old low-scoring game.
2:50: It’s all over for Garza, as Chris Johnson just hit a monster homer to center with two outs in the seventh. It’s 1-0 Braves. Harang’s no-no still intact.
2:46 PM: And Harang matches him with a no-no through six. Now, let’s see if the Braves try to drop a bunt on Garza. Not so much to get a hit as to get him to lose his composure again.
2:37 PM: Garza retires the Braves in order in the six.
2:31 PM: Just posting this will jinx it, but I don’t care.
Right now the Braves are playing the Brewers in Milwaukee. Aaron Harang vs. Matt Garza, and each of them has a no-hitter going through five innings. Each have allowed one walk and that’s it.
It’s a perfect storm, really. Both pitchers seem to have good stuff working today, but they also have a pretty liberal strike zone by home plate umpire Paul Schrieber. It’s also getaway day and both lineups look like they have a cab waiting with the meter running.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.