Todd Frazier breaks up Hyun-Jin Ryu’s perfect game in the eighth inning

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UPDATE: And so much for that. After a super-long bottom of the seventh inning in which the Dodgers scored three runs and Ryu reached on an error and ran the bases, Todd Frazier led off the top of the eighth inning with a double down the left field line to break up the perfect game.

9:52 p.m. ET: Josh Beckett tossed a no-hitter against the Phillies yesterday and now his teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu is working on some history of his own.

Ryu is perfect through seven innings this evening against the Reds at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The southpaw has been on cruise control, striking out seven batters while throwing 58 out of 82 pitches for strikes.

The Dodgers currently hold a 1-0 lead. They scored an unearned run against Johnny Cueto in the third inning thanks to an error by first baseman Todd Frazier.

Stay tuned to see if Ryu can complete the 24th perfect game in MLB history. By the way, no team has ever had no-hitters in back-to-back games. That could change tonight.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.