UPDATE: Anderson’s bid for a perfect game came to an end with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, as former Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore took him deep for a solo home run. Of course that happened.
The Indians haven’t had a no-hitter since Len Barker threw a perfect game against the Blue Jays on May 15, 1981. The wait continues.
9:02 p.m. ET: Making just his second major league start, Indians right-hander Cody Anderson is perfect through six innings so far tonight against the Rays at Tropicana Field.
This is actually Anderson’s second straight start against the Rays, as he tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings against them in his major league debut last Sunday. The 24-year-old is mystifying them again. While Anderson has struck out just one batter, he has been very efficient, throwing 50 out of 70 pitches for strikes. The Indians currently have a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Stay tuned to see if Anderson can make some history.
Brewers outfielder Khris Davis has been out for about a month with a torn meniscus in his right knee, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com brings word that he’s set to begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Wisconsin.
Davis, who had surgery on the knee, is expected to play in the minors for five days. This puts him on track to rejoin the Brewers a week from today for the start of a series against the Braves.
Gerardo Parra has swung the bat well over the past month, so we could see a timeshare in left field when Davis returns. Of course, with the Brewers looking like sellers, there’s a good chance Parra will be traded by July 31.
Davis, 27, was batting .250/.337/.446 with five home runs and 16 RBI over 46 games prior to the injury.
It was reported over the weekend that the Dodgers and Cubs were among the teams with interest in a trade for Mets left-hander Jon Niese. While the southpaw is a logical target for both teams, a match with the Dodgers isn’t considered imminent:
Nothing too surprising here, as teams are likely still in the early stages of evaluating the starting pitcher market. Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir are among the big names that could be dealt, so Niese falls into the secondary category with the likes of Mike Leake, Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Mat Latos, and Dan Haren. With questions in the back-end of their rotation, the Dodgers will be active.
Niese has posted a 4.12 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio in 83 innings across 14 starts this season. The Mets have gone back to a six-man rotation to make room for prospect Steven Matz, but a trade involving Niese could change that dynamic. The 28-year-old is making a $7 million salary this season and $9 million in 2016. His contract includes a $10 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2017 and an $11 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) for 2018.
The Red Sox will be without Hanley Ramirez for the fifth straight game tonight, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that an MRI on his bruised left hand came back negative.
Ramirez suffered the injury last Wednesday when he was hit in the back of his hand by a batted ball while running the bases. While he was concerned that something more serious was going on, today’s test ruled out any structural damage. Ramirez has been cleared to swing a bat and Red Sox manager John Farrell is optimistic that he’ll be able to return during the team’s four-game series in Toronto this week.
Ramirez, 31, is batting .283/.330/.482 with 15 home runs and 38 RBI over 67 games this season. The Red Sox have been going with Alejandro De Aza and Jackie Bradley, Jr. in the corner outfield spots recently.
Rays manager Kevin Cash recently hinted that Matt Moore was set to make his return from Tommy John surgery this week, but now it’s all but official. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Moore will be activated to start Thursday afternoon against the Indians at Tropicana Field.
Moore, who had Tommy John surgery last April, posted a 2.95 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings over five minor league rehab starts between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. The final step was a 35-pitch bullpen session today, after which the southpaw said that he’s “definitely ready to go.”
Moore, 26, owns a 3.53 ERA with 8.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 over 61 starts and two relief appearances in the majors. We could see some ups and downs after surgery, especially given his past control issues, but this is a welcome addition for a rotation that has had to get by without Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly.