Chris Young breaks up Alex Cobb’s no-hit bid in the eighth inning

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UPDATE: So much for that. After Stephen Drew popped out to begin the bottom of the eighth inning, Chris Young hit a double to the right-center field gap to break up Cobb’s no-hit bid.

9:09 p.m. ET: The Yankees aren’t at 100 percent tonight and Rays right-hander Alex Cobb is taking advantage. He hasn’t allowed a hit through his first seven innings of work. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay holds a 4-0 lead.

Cobb has allowed three baserunners, including a dropped fly ball from Kevin Kiermaier to begin the bottom of the third inning and two walks in the seventh. He’s currently sitting at 94 pitches.

Matt Garza threw the first and only no-hitter in Rays history on July 26, 2010 against the Tigers. Stay tuned to see if Cobb will be the second.

Texas Rangers ink free-agent ace Jacob deGrom to 5-year deal

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Free-agent ace Jacob deGrom and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $185 million, five-year contract Friday.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner leaves the New York Mets after nine seasons – the past two shortened by injuries.

After making his first start last season in early August, deGrom went 5-4 with a 3.08 ERA in 11 outings. He helped the Mets reach the playoffs, then opted out of his contract to become a free agent.

Texas announced the signing Friday night after the 34-year-old deGrom passed his physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal disclosed the financial terms to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the club did not announce those details.

“We are thrilled that Jacob deGrom has decided to become a Texas Ranger,” executive vice president and general manager Chris Young said in a statement. “Over a number of seasons, Jacob has been a standout major league pitcher, and he gives us a dominant performer at the top of our rotation. One of our primary goals this offseason is to strengthen our starting pitching, and we are adding one of the best.”

Texas went 68-94 last season and then hired Bruce Bochy as its new manager. The Rangers’ six straight losing seasons are their worst skid since the franchise moved from Washington in 1972.

The Rangers were big spenders in free agency last offseason, signing Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years).