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Former Braves, Red Sox reliever Anthony Varvaro becomes a police officer

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Remember Anthony Varvaro? Braves fans probably do. The righty reliever appeared in 153 games between 2011 and 2014, posting a  126 ERA+ in those seasons.

Following the 2014 seasons he was traded to the Red Sox, where he appeared in only nine games before being waived a month into the season and claimed by the Cubs. Who, in turn, returned him to the Red Sox after an MRI revealed that he had a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He’d gut through a few more minor league games in 2015 and 2016, but that was it for his career. He retired this past June.

But his second career is just getting underway. The police department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced over the weekend that Varvaro, who is from Staten Island, was one of 80 officers in its 2016 training class. The Port Authority police force, which consists of over 1,700 officers, patrols the trains, subways, seaports, airports in the New York area.

It stinks that his shoulder didn’t cooperate with his pitching career, but it’s nice to see someone find something to fall back on.

Sean Manaea pitches the first no-hitter of 2018

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Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.

Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.

Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.

Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.