Josh Beckett throws first career no-hitter against Phillies

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UPDATE, 4:14 p.m. ET: Beckett got pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. to fly out to shallow left field and then Ben Revere hit a slow-roller to first base for the first two outs of the bottom of the ninth. Beckett went to a 3-2 count on Jimmy Rollins and then walked him with a curveball low and inside. It was the third walk of the day for Beckett and brought up the hot-hitting Chase Utley, who also went to 3-2 and then watched a fastball down the middle for the final out. It was Beckett’s first career no-hitter. He did it on 128 total pitches with six strikeouts and three walks.

The no-hitter was the first for a Dodgers pitcher since Hideo Nomo’s at Coors Field in 1996.

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UPDATE, 4:01 p.m. ET: Beckett struck out Domonic Brown looking, induced an easy groundout from Wil Nieves, and then got Cesar Hernandez swinging in a perfect eighth frame. He’s now up to five strikeouts on the afternoon and is only three outs away from completing the no-hitter with a pitch count of 110.

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Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett is flirting with history Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The 34-year-old has no-hit the host Phillies over seven innings, though he’s already up to 100 pitches.

We’ll have frame-by-frame updates as he tries to finish this thing off.

The only blemishes on the afternoon for Beckett are two walks — one in the first inning to Chase Utley and another in the second to Marlon Byrd. He has three strikeouts as the eighth inning gets underway.

Oakland Athletics reverse course: will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.