Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Pirates recently got in touch with Lance Berkman to express some interest, but his “agent says he’s leaning toward retirement” at age 37.
Texas declined its $12 million option on Berkman for 2014 after he missed half the season with injuries and didn’t hit much, but Pittsburgh may have been looking at him as a stop-gap first baseman.
Berkman can still draw walks and get on base, but he’s played just 105 of a possible 324 games during the past two seasons while posting a mediocre .730 OPS.
Update (9:16 PM ET): Aaaaaand it’s over. Just like that. Starlin Castro led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to left field. That ends the shutout bid as well, obviously.
Padres starter Chris Paddack has kept the Marlins hitless through seven innings on Wednesday evening in Miami. The right-hander has allowed two base runners on a throwing error and a walk while striking out seven on 82 pitches.
The Padres’ offense provided Paddack with three runs of support, all coming in the fourth on Greg Garcia‘s RBI single and a two-run home run by Austin Hedges.
Paddack, 23, entered Wednesday’s start carrying a 2.84 ERA with an 87/18 K/BB ratio across 82 1/3 innings in his rookie campaign.
Among all 30 teams, the Padres are the only one without a no-hitter. They came into the league in 1969. The Marlins were last victims of a no-hitter on September 28, 2014 when Jordan Zimmermann — then with the Nationals — accomplished the feat.