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News Flash: Tweeting about a no-hitter does not jinx it

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It’s sad that someone felt compelled to study this, but someone did. Twitter, to be exact. The company looked at all of the tweets during baseball games where a pitcher took a no-hitter through six innings over the past two years to see if more mentions of the no-hitter in progress were more likely to precede the no-hitter being broken up or to precede an actual no-hitter:

With all of the information and data, Twitter discovered that there were twice as many “no-hitter” mentions in roughly the first six innings during a successful game than one where a pitcher failed to complete the bid. The end story for fans: Tweet all you want because it doesn’t negatively affect the chances for a pitcher to throw a no-no.

No word on whether Google Maps is going to measure the correlation between people stepping on cracks and the incidence of spinal fracture among the data sets’ mothers. Forbes’ study of whether itchy palms are a statistically significant harbinger of money arriving was, ironically, shut down due to lack of funding.

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

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Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.