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Video: Joc Pederson breaks up Justin Verlander’s no-hitter with a game-tying home run


Justin Verlander was dealing on Wednesday night. He tossed 4 2/3 hitless innings against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series, the only blemish on his pitching line an eight-pitch walk to Chris Taylor in the fourth. The rest of the Dodgers’ lineup was denied a chance to get on base, let alone get on the board, while the Astros took a 1-0 lead in the third on Alex Bregman‘s RBI single.

With two outs and a 2-1 count in the fifth, Joc Pederson finally found a pitch to his liking. He roped Verlander’s hanging slider out to center field, curving it just over the wall for a solo home run: his first of the postseason.

The 370-foot blast effectively ended Verlander’s bid for a no-hitter; had he persevered through the remaining 4 1/3 innings, he would’ve been the first pitcher to no-hit a World Series opponent since Don Larsen’s Game 5 perfecto against the 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Dodgers are currently tied 1-1 with the Astros in the bottom of the sixth.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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7 Comments’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.