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Rick Porcello threw an immaculate inning against the Rays

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Red Sox starter Rick Porcello threw an immaculate inning, striking out the side on nine pitches in the bottom of the fifth of Wednesday’s game against the Rays. He whiffed Trevor Plouffe, Wilson Ramos, and Mallex Smith.

There have already been three immaculate innings this month, thrown by Porcello, the Rays’ Jose Alvarado (August 4), and the Yankees’ Dellin Betances (August 2). Porcello is the eighth pitcher this year to throw an immaculate inning, setting a single-season record. There were seven immaculate innings thrown in 2014. In total, pitchers have thrown 89 immaculate innings, making the feat rarer than a no-hitter (296).

Porcello, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, entered Wednesday’s start with a 5-14 record, a 4.70 ERA, and a 132/28 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.