The Durham Bulls tossed a tandem no-hitter this afternoon against the Pawtucket Red Sox behind starter Jake Odorizzi, who threw seven hitless, shut-out innings. The right-hander struck out three and walked four. Relievers Frank De Los Santos, Kirby Yates and Jeff Beliveau held the Sox hitless over the final two innings as the Bulls went on to win 2-1.
Odorizzi, rated among the top-50 prospects by MLB.com going into each of the past two seasons, was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays along with Wil Myers, Patrick Leonard, and Mike Montgomery in the trade that sent James Shields, Wade Davis, and Elliot Johnson to the Kansas City Royals. The 23-year-old Odorizzi entered the afternoon with a 3.33 ERA and a 36/9 K/BB in 27 innings.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.