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Drew Storen threw an “immaculate inning” last night


An “immaculate inning” is when a pitcher gets all three outs in an inning via strikeout on nine pitches. Reds reliever Drew Storen accomplished the feat to close out last night’s win over the Orioles.

Immaculate innings aren’t super common but they’re not terribly rare either. Storen’s was the first since last July when Juan Nicasio of the Pirates did it. At least two pitchers did it in 2015. Six did it in 2014. It’s been documented 76 times in all, but pitch-by-pitch stats have not been around for all of baseball history, which means it has certainly happened more often than that.

But it’s still cool. At least the to pitcher who does it, his team and their fans. Not so cool to Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy and Hyun Soo Kim of the O’s, who fell victim to Storen’s nine strikes. Watch:

Chris Sale exits game with hip contusion

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made a hasty exit from his final Grapefruit League outing on Saturday after sustaining a left hip contusion. He was struck on the leg with a line drive from the Astros’ J.D. Davis in the first inning and immediately collapsed on the mound. He was able to walk off the field without a noticeable limp, however, and later told reporters that the ball struck a nerve and temporarily stunned his leg. As a precautionary move, the Red Sox pulled him after the incident and will have the left-hander undergo X-rays to rule out any further injury to his hip.

This was expected to be Sale’s last start of spring training. Prior to Saturday’s matinee against the Astros, the 28-year-old southpaw made three starts in camp, allowing five runs, one home run, three walks and striking out 18 batters in 14 innings. He’s still on track to start the season for the Red Sox during their road opener against the Rays next Thursday.