Sometimes the headlines are enough. In this case I promise you that it is in no way misleading.
The story comes from closer Mark Melancon over at the Players Tribune. Today he writes about how he came to sign with the San Francisco Giants. A key part of that was the lobbying of Giants outfielder Hunter Pence, who was a teammate of Melancon’s with the Astros back in the day. By means of introduction, Melancon tells a story about how he took Pence to his first yoga class. It was one of those hot yoga classes, where they turn the temperature of the room up to 100 degrees.
Intense stuff and, as Melancon reminds us, Pence is an intense dude. So intense with the yoga that it ended up being a matter for collision repair. Go read it to find out why.
The rest of the column is pretty good too. Lots of the usual Players Tribune stuff, of course — what a coincidence that the guy just signed with a team he has always respected and which plays in a stadium he loves! — but with a funny bit about how Giants fans treat opposing relief pitchers in those baseline bullpens at AT&T Park. I never knew that, and it made me smile to learn it.
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.