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Rockies starter Chad Bettis had surgery for testicular cancer

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Colorado Rockies stater Chad Bettis told ESPN that he recently underwent surgery for testicular cancer.

According to the statement, passed along by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Bettis was diagnosed after his doctor noticed an abnormality during a recent appointment. He had surgery to have one of his testicles removed on November 29. Thankfully, the cancer was isolated and did not spread. Bettis said in his statement, “[m]y understanding is that I will be physically ready to have a normal spring training, and I greatly look forward to the upcoming season.”

Bettis has started 52 games for the Rockies over the past two seasons and worked out of the pen for them for two years before that. He’ll turn 28 early in the 2017 season and will be near the top of Colorado’s roation.

Testicular cancer is a highly treatable and usually curable type of cancer, but since it so frequently affects young, otherwise healthy men who do not visit doctors that often, it can often go undetected. Dudes: do self-exams and get regular checkups. And read up on it here.

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.