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Matthew Boyd loses no-hitter with two outs in the ninth against the White Sox

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Update (3:53 PM ET): The no-hitter is over. Boyd induced a pop up from Adam Engel for the first out and retired pinch-hitter Kevan Smith with a groundout, but couldn’t close the door against Tim Anderson, who lashed a double into right field to break up the no-hitter. The Tigers still won, 12-0, after Jeimer Candelario’s monster three-run shot in the eighth.

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Tigers’ left-hander Matthew Boyd has no-hit the White Sox through six innings. The lefty carried a perfect game through 2 2/3 innings, but slipped on a five-pitch walk to catcher Rob Brantly to end his bid.

While the White Sox collected zeroes on their half of the scoreboard, the Tigers’ offense kept up a steady stream of runs. Jeimer Candelario put Detroit on the board with an RBI single in the first inning, followed by a run scoring wild pitch in the second, Nicholas Castellanos‘ two-RBI double in the third, JaCoby Jones‘ double in the fourth, Mikie Mahtook‘s two-run homer in the fifth, and another long ball from Castellanos in the bottom of the sixth.

The Tigers chased opposing starter Dylan Covey off the mound by the fourth inning and dealt roughly with reliever Chris Beck, who allowed four runs on four hits for an unsightly 6.67 ERA.

Should Boyd pull off the no-hit attempt, he’ll be the first Tigers’ pitcher to do so since Justin Verlander‘s no-hitter against the Blue Jays in 2011. The White Sox, meanwhile, haven’t been on the receiving end of a no-no since they were no-hit by the Twins’ Francisco Liriano just four days prior to Verlander’s feat.

Bryce Harper will not be discussing his impending free agency with the media

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Bryce Harper is entering his walk year and it is widely expected that the Scott Boras client will, indeed, test out free agency next fall rather than engage in any substantial way with the Washington Nationals about a contract extension. There were some “casual conversations” between the parties in the early fall of 2017, but the Nats came away from that, quite reasonably, believing that Harper, who stands to land the largest contract in baseball history, will shop around.

For his part, Harper met the media on his first day of spring training workouts and let everyone know that, no, he does not plan to answer questions about his potential free agency every day between now and November. From MASN:

“Just want to let you guys know I will not be discussing anything relative to 2019, at all,” said Harper. “I’m focused on this year. I’m focused on winning and playing hard, like every single year. So if you guys have any questions about anything after 2018, you can call Scott and he can answer you guys.”

Makes sense. The alternative would be for Harper to give the same canned “I’m only focused on our next game” responses in front of his locker 150 times this summer, and that doesn’t serve anyone.

Thinking back to any other impending free agent’s comments about his free agency, I can’t remember a story along those lines which was worth much of anything. The genre generally consists of headlines which oversell an innocuous or offhand comment from a player as a means of guessing where his head is at with respect to his current team. I can’t think of any story in which a player, during his walk year, said something that concretely and definitively signaled his intensions in free agency one way or the other.

Reporters covering the Nationals who are curious as to how Harper feels about his current team at any given time would be better served just observing and inferring, with particular attention paid to how Harper and his teammates view the Nats’ competitive position as the season goes on, how they react to trades and stuff like that. There’s a lot of guesswork in all of that, but it sure beats trying to get a media savvy player like Harper to admit, after going 1-for-4 against the Phillies, where he plans to spend the next seven to ten years of his professional life.