Danny Duffy flirted with a perfect game

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The Royals’ Danny Duffy carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Orioles yesterday. Unfortunately it ended in the top of the seventh, when Adam Jones singled up the middle.

Still a fantastic performance for Duffy, as Kansas City’s lefty allowed just two hits and didn’t walk anyone. And it wasn’t just cool, it was needed: O’s pitchers held the Royals to only one run, and Duffy’s zeroes gave KC the 1-0 win.

Duffy’s ERA is now 1.42, and he finally has a win as a starter under his belt for 2014 following two pretty good outings that ended up in losses. I presume after this he’s in the rotation to stay.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.

The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.

Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.

Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.

Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.