Pittsburgh’s collapse gets an exclamation point with no-no

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The Pirates appeared to hit rock bottom on Wednesday, when they were shutout primarily by a pitcher they gave up on waivers to the Mets prior to the start of the season (Jeremy Hefner pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits, before rookie Jeurys Familia finished up). As it turned out, that was still just a warmup.

On Friday evening, the Pirates were no-hit by a guy named Homer. A guy who had one career shutout in 109 major league starts. And you’ll never guess who that had come against. In fact, both of Homer Bailey’s complete games had come versus the Pirates. He’s now 8-2 with a 2.51 ERA in 12 starts against the Pirates and 30-31 with a 4.81 ERA in 98 starts against everyone else.

The loss was the Pirates’ 81st of the season, which guarantees they won’t snap their record skid with a winning season. They could still conceivably win five straight and finish at .500 for the first time in 20 years. But, let’s face it, that’s not happening. The Pirates are 6-20 in September after going 11-17 in August.

As for Bailey, he deserves plenty of credit. He fanned 10 and faced one batter over the minimum. His postseason rotation spot was still in doubt as of a couple of weeks ago, but he had moved well ahead of Mike Leake of late even before tonight’s showing. He’s taken advantage of a very weak schedule of late, but 13-10 with a 3.75 ERA in 204 innings is nothing to sneeze at. His no-hitter tonight was the Reds’ first since Tom Browning threw a perfect game in 1988. Incredibly, it was the first no-hitter versus the Pirates since the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson threw one in 1971.

Yankees place Clint Frazier on the injured list

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Yesterday the Yankees went from 13 to 12 players on the injured list when catcher Gary Sánchez was activated. Progress! Last night it went back to 13, however, when outfielder Clint Frazier was put on the shelf. The announcement came following the Yankees’ win over the Angels in Anaheim.

Frazier suffered the injury during Monday’s game. He acted as if it were nothing after that contest, but he sat out on Tuesday and had an MRI yesterday. The results showed a small ankle strain that, according to manager Aaron Boone, will cost Frazier the next 10-14 days.

Frazier is hitting .324/.342/.632 with six homers and 17 driven in in 18 games this year. He’s been a godsend for the Bombers given injuries to Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge, but now he’ll join them in the M*A*S*H unit that is the New York Yankees.