Royals’ bullpen blows no-hit bid in the eighth inning against the Tigers

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Update (10:20 PM EST): It’s over. That quick. Herrera led off the eighth inning by walking Alex Avila, then served up a single to Nick Castellanos. Jose Iglesias then beat out an infield single to load the bases with no outs.

The Royals are working on a no-hitter against the Tigers in Friday night’s game. Chris Young started for the Royals — his first start of the season — limiting the Tigers to three walks without any hits while striking out nine on 81 pitches. Ryan Madson relieved Young in the sixth and kept the Tigers hitless for two innings. Kelvim Herrera will take over in the eighth inning.

On the offensive side of things, the Royals got an early 3-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run double from Kendrys Morales and an RBI single from Salvador Perez. They tacked on another run in the second when Morales knocked home his third run with a single.

We’ll keep you posted as the Royals attempt to finish off the no-hitter.

Indians to sign Tyler Clippard

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Jon Heyman reports that the Indians are signing Tyler Clippard to a minor league deal. He’ll make $1.75 million if he makes the big league roster.

Clippard, a 12-year veteran who just turned 34, pitched in 73 games for the Blue Jays last year, posting a 3.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 85/23 in 68.2 innings. It was a nice bounce back year for him after he spent 2017 bouncing among three different teams in the course of a below average campaign.

With the departures of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, and the elevation of Brad Hand to the closer’s role, Terry Francona will be looking for all the mid-innings help he can get in the Indians’ pen. Clippard could fit that bill.