Shelby Miller loses no-hitter in eighth inning vs. Arizona

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Braves right-hander Shelby Miller is working on a no-hitter through seven innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks, though his pitch count sits at 102 heading into the eighth. We’ll pass along updates as the 24-year-old tries to finish this thing off — if Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez lets him finish it off.

Miller has walked four and struck out 10 over his seven hitless frames. He’s going to have to be pretty efficient from here to complete his first career no-no.

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UPDATE, 3:46 PM ET: Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed led off the top of the eighth inning and dropped a bloop single into shallow right-center field to end Shelby’s no-hit bid. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a hard-hit single off the glove of Braves second baseman Jace Peterson. That pushed Miller from the game with zero outs in the eighth, and Ahmed then scored on a fielder’s choice against Braves reliever Ross Detwiler to strip Miller of a possible win.

Shelby holds a stellar 2.43 ERA in 152 innings this year, but he hasn’t earned a win since May 17.

The Nationals have inquired about Kris Bryant

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The Washington Nationals, fresh off signing Stephen Strasburg to a $245 million deal, are now turning their attention to their third base hole. Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that they have made inquiries to the Chicago Cubs about trading for Kris Bryant.

Emphasis on the word “inquiry” because it’d be premature for the Cubs to trade Bryant at the moment, even if they are reported to be considering the possibility.

Bryant and the Cubs are awaiting word from an arbitrator about Bryant’s years-old service time grievance. If Bryant wins, he becomes a free agent after the 2020 season. If the Cubs win they control him for two more years. The team may or may not choose to trade him in either case as they are reportedly trying to cut payroll, but the price for him will vary pretty significantly depending on whether or not the acquiring club will receive one or two years of control over the former MVP.

For Washington, this would be a means of replacing free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon. Or, perhaps, the inquiries are a means of creating a tad more leverage for the Nats as they talk to Rendon’s agent about re-signing him.

Which, in the past, the Nats said they could not do if they also re-signed Strasburg, though I suspect that’s just posturing too. They may not want to spend big money to keep their World Series core together, but they can afford it. They’re going to see, I suspect, an eight-figure uptick in revenue by virtue of being the defending World Series champs. They are poised to receive a significant payout as a result of recent rulings in their own multi-year dispute with the Orioles and the MASN network. They are, of course, owned by billionaire real estate moguls. All of that taken together means that, if they choose to, they can bring back Rendon. Assuming he chooses to come back too.

But, if that doesn’t happen, they appear to be giving themselves options at the hot corner.