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German Marquez loses no-hitter in the seventh inning against the Cubs

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Update (5:22 PM ET): Jinx! Kris Bryant laced a line drive double down the left field line to start off the seventh inning, ending Marquez’s bid for a no-hitter.


The unlikely is in progress: a Rockies pitcher, German Marquez, is two-thirds of the way through a no-hitter against the Cubs, the defending World Series champs, at Coors Field. The Rockies have provided Marquez only one run of support, coming on an Ian Desmond sacrifice fly in the fourth inning off of Kyle Hendricks.

Marquez, 22, entered the afternoon with a 7.31 ERA through his first three starts. He compiled a 5.23 ERA in three starts and three relief appearances last year.

Ubaldo Jimenez was the first and only Rockies pitcher to throw a no-hitter, doing so on April 17, 2010 in Atlanta against the Braves. Only one no-hitter has been thrown at Coors Field, authored by Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo on September 17, 1996. The Cubs were last victims of a no-hitter on July 25, 2015 when Cole Hamels accomplished the feat in his final start with the Phillies.

We’ll keep you updated as Marquez attempts to navigate the final three innings.

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.