Oakland’s Guillermo Moscoso loses no-hitter in eighth

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5:53 p.m. EDT update: No no-no this afternoon.  Moscoso got Jeff Francoeur to line out and struck out Mitch Maier to begin the eighth, but Royals catcher Salvador Perez battled back after an 0-2 count and singled with two outs to break up the bid.

Moscoso retired Mike Moustakas afterwards, and he may still get a chance to go for his first complete game and shutout.  He’s at 106 pitches after eight.

6:25 p.m. EDT update: Unfortunately, Moscoso ended up getting removed after a Scott Sizemore error put a second runner on base with two outs in the ninth.  Fautino De Los Santos came in and retired Eric Hosmer to end the game at 7-0.  If not for the error, Moscoso would have had his first career complete game and shutout.  He settled instead for the win, moving him to 8-8 with a 3.34 ERA.

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A’s right-hander Guillermo Moscoso has pitched seven hitless innings and faced just one batter over the minimum in Wednesday’s game against the Royals.

Moscoso, 27, is making his 18th big-league start and is 7-8 with a 3.63 ERA for the A’s this season.  He pitched briefly for the Rangers in 2009 and ’10 before being designated for assignment and getting acquired in a minor trade by Oakland last winter.

Aside from a walk to Alcides Escobar in the sixth, Moscoso has been perfect in this one.  He’s struck out three.  Oakland had a 7-0 lead and he’s thrown a modest 90 pitches, so there won’t be any reason for the A’s to pull him until he gives up a hit.

The Red Sox seem content to let Craig Kimbrel sign elsewhere

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LAS VEGAS — Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski strongly signaled that the team was unlikely to re-sign Craig Kimbrel, telling the assembled Boston media contingent that, “we’re not looking to make a per se big expenditure in that area.” Referring to the bullpen.

Kimbrel, who saved 42 games for the World Series champs, was recently reported to be seeking a six-year contract. I doubt he gets that, but he’ll get a pretty big deal nonetheless, and the Sox obviously feel like they can manage with a cheaper option in the back of the bullpen.