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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, right, presents Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, left, with the 2015 Players Choice Award before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
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Video: Kris Bryant buries Reds with a grand slam

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It was bad enough that the Reds were down 9-0 amidst Jake Arrieta‘s no-hit bid. Kris Bryant buried them in the top of the seventh inning with a grand slam to center field off of Drew Hayes to push the Cubs’ lead to 13-0. Bryant had already homered, giving Arrieta his first two runs with a two-run home run in the first inning.

Bryant is now hitting .262 with four home runs and 13 RBI on the season.

Jake Arrieta holds the Reds hitless for second career no-hitter

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta throws to the plate during the second inning of an opening day baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Update #4 (10:07 PM EST): Arrieta walked Scott Schebler to lead off the ninth inning. He bounced back, getting Tucker Barnhart to pop out to shortstop Addison Russell and Zack Cozart to line out softly to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Finally, Eugenio Suarez popped up to Jason Heyward in shallow right field. Arrieta threw 119 pitches, walking four and striking out six. He went 2-for-4 with two singles, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored at the plate.

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Update #3 (9:57 PM EST): Matt Szczur made it a 14-0 game with a bases loaded RBI single in the top of the ninth. Zobrist then brought in two runs with a single to left field, pushing the lead to 16-0. If Arrieta can get the final three outs, he would complete the most lopsided no-hitter in the modern era. Pud Galvin of the Buffalo Bisons completed the most lopsided no-hitter ever, in 1884, in an 18-0 win over the Detroit Wolverines.

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Update #2 (9:42 PM EST): Arrieta set the Reds down 1-2-3 again in the eighth. He’s at 103 pitches. One inning left.

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Update (9:29 PM EST): Bryant hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh to erase any doubt that Arrieta might not get the W. Arrieta got through the seventh inning quite with ease. He has two innings left to complete the no-hitter and he’s at 93 pitches.

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has left the Reds hitless through six innings at Great American Ball Park on Thursday night. The right-hander is at 74 pitches, having walked two and struck out four.

The Cubs have provided Arrieta with plenty of run support. Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning, then Ben Zobrist drilled a solo shot in the second followed by a Dexter Fowler RBI ground out. Arrieta helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth. David Ross slugged a solo dinger in the sixth and Anthony Rizzo put the game way out of reach with a three-run home run later that inning.

We’ll keep you updated as Arrieta attempts to hold the Reds hitless through the final three innings. He has already notched a no-hitter, having done so on August 30 last year against the Dodgers.

The Reds were last no-hit in the 2010 NLDS by the Phillies’ Roy Halladay. The last time they were no-hit in the regular season was by the Phillies’ Rick Wise in 1971.

Arrieta entered Thursday’s start having thrown 23 consecutive quality starts.

Manny Machado extends season-long hitting streak to 14 games

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado (13) follows through on a two-run home run swing against a pitch from Boston Red Sox's Roenis Elias in the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game, Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Sarasota, Fla. The shot scored Xavier Avery. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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With all of the attention being paid to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado‘s season-long hitting streak — 13 games entering Thursday night’s game against the Blue Jays — flew under the radar. During those 13 games, Machado came to the plate 60 times, registering 22 hits, including six doubles and five home runs with a .407/.467/.796 triple-slash line. Pretty dang good. And that’s without mentioning his Gold Glove-caliber defense.

Machado extended his hitting streak to 14 games on Thursday night, knocking in Joey Rickard with a single off of Jays starter Marco Estrada in the first inning to reduce the Orioles’ deficit to 2-1. He would ground out in his next at-bat in the third inning, so he’s now hitting .411.

At Today’s Knuckleball (yesterday, coincidentally), Corinne Landrey argued that Machado’s name should be in the debate with Harper and Mike Trout for the honor of “best player in baseball”. She might be onto something.

Keone Kela will undergo elbow surgery

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela celebrates as the Rangers defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 in a baseball game, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Update (11:08 PM EST): Kela will, in fact, undergo elbow surgery, per Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest.

The Rangers placed reliever Keone Kela on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow impingement, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Grant adds that Kela likely needs surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow, which would keep the right-hander out for about 12 weeks.

Kela was hampered by elbow injuries towards the end of the 2015 season as well, but he said in January that he was fully recovered. He has had a rough start to the season, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks with 12 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. That includes Tuesday’s outing when he allowed solo home runs to the Astros’ Jose Altuve and George Springer in two-thirds of an inning.

Kela was a critical component of the Rangers’ bullpen last year behind closer Shawn Tolleson. He finished with a 2.39 ERA and a 68/18 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings.

The Diamondbacks’ and Giants’ benches emptied at AT&T Park

Arizona Diamondbacks' David Peralta reacts after being hit by a pitch during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The Diamondbacks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta was hit on the arm by a high Josh Osich fastball during Wednesday night’s game against the Giants. Peralta was hit again by Osich on Thursday afternoon in the eighth inning, another fastball that went too far inside.

Understandably, Peralta wasn’t too happy about it. Unlike Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer, who was hit three times in Thursday’s win over the Red Sox, Peralta doesn’t have a penchant for getting hit by pitches. Prior to Wednesday’s game, Peralta had been hit only five times in 865 plate appearances. It was a bit much to just be coincidental, or at least it seemed Peralta felt that way.

Peralta walked towards Osich on the mound, seeming to yell, “Come on!” The benches quickly emptied. Nothing happened, as is usually the case when the benches empty. Order was restored and Osich was relieved by Cory Gearrin, who got the final out of the eighth.

The Diamondbacks lead 3-2 as of this writing and if they can keep the Giants scoreless in the ninth, they’ll complete a four-game series sweep. The two clubs meet again for a four-game set starting on May 12, so it will be interesting to see if the bad blood carries over then.