UPDATE: Parker is done after eight shutout innings. He gave up just the one hit while throwing 69 out of 111 pitches for strikes and now owns a 2.40 ERA over his first eight starts with Oakland. If everything pans out the way the A’s hope, he’ll have many more chances at a no-no in the future.
12:16 AM: Michael Young ended Parker’s no-hit bid by leading off the top of the eighth inning with a single through the middle. It’s safe to say A’s manager Bob Melvin is the most relieved person in the ballpark.
12:05 AM: There’s something interesting going on in Oakland this evening, as Athletics’ rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker has held the Rangers hitless through seven innings. The A’s lead this one 10-0. Yep, 10-0.
Parker has walked three and struck out six, including two whiffs of Josh Hamilton. The bummer is that he has already thrown 107 pitches, so it’s unlikely he’ll get a chance to finish this one off. The 23-year-old right-hander hasn’t thrown more than 112 pitches in his previous seven starts since his promotion from Triple-A Sacramento.
Stay tuned to see if the A’s can deliver the fourth no-hitter in baseball this season, joining Phil Humber (perfect game), Jered Weaver and Johan Santana.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.