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Phillies sign Steve Geltz to a minor league deal

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SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Phillies have signed reliever Steve Geltz to a minor league contract.

Geltz, 30, spent the 2017 season with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. He made 23 appearances spanning 27 innings, putting up a 2.67 ERA with a 29/12 K/BB ratio. Over parts of four seasons in the majors with the Angels and Rays, the right-hander owns a 4.23 career ERA.

Geltz will provide the Phillies some veteran bullpen depth. If he and the team decide to stay together beyond spring training, he’ll almost certainly pitch for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and act as relief insurance in the event of an injury.

Steve Geltz is not to be confused with Steve Jeltz, who played shortstop for the Phillies between 1983-89 and had a great Jheri Curl. Furthermore, Geltz is believed to pronounce “gif” with a hard G while Jeltz is believed to pronounce it with a soft G.

Sean Manaea pitches the first no-hitter of 2018

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Athletics southpaw Sean Manaea delivered his first career no-hitter against the Red Sox in a decisive 3-0 victory on Saturday night. Any thought of a perfect game was banished in the first at-bat, when Mookie Betts drew a leadoff six-pitch walk to open the first inning. From there, Manaea was nearly flawless, holding the Sox to four total baserunners and striking out 10 of 30 batters faced — a career record.

Manaea was gifted a three-run lead thanks to RBI doubles from Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty and Marcus Semien‘s solo shot off of Chris Sale in the fifth inning. While the Red Sox managed to draw two walks off of Manaea, they didn’t come anywhere close to plating a run. Andrew Benintendi tried to break up the no-no in the sixth inning with an infield hit down the first base line, but strayed out of bounds and later saw his hit reversed on a call of batter interference.

Entering the ninth inning, the 26-year-old lefty was sitting at just 95 pitches through eight frames of no-hit ball. He quickly deposed Blake Swihart and Mookie Betts with a groundout and fly out, then walked Benintendi on seven pitches. Any threat the Red Sox might have posed was soon eliminated, however, as Hanley Ramirez ground into a force out to complete the no-hitter.

Manaea is the first A’s pitcher to toss a no-no since Dallas Braden’s perfect game against the Rays eight years ago. The last time the Red Sox were on the losing end of a no-hitter was also against an AL West rival, when the Mariners’ Chris Bosio clinched a 2-0 no-no on April 22, 1993. Manaea’s feat is even more outstanding given how dominant the Red Sox have looked this season: prior to Saturday’s defeat, they boasted a 17-2 record and had yet to be shut out during the regular season.