There’s some history developing in Miami …
Braves right-hander Shelby Miller has allowed just one walk and no hits through seven innings against the Marlins and he’ll carry a pitch count of just 73 into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Atlanta has a 6-0 lead.
We’ll provide updates as he tries to finish this off.
EIGHTH INNING: Miller got flyouts from Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, and then Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a nice play on a soft grounder from Ichiro Suzuki for the third out of the eighth inning. Miller will carry a no-hitter into the ninth. And he’s thrown only 80 pitches. This may happen.
NINTH INNING: Miller induced an easy groundout from Adeiny Hechavarria for the first out of the ninth. And then an easy flyout to center field from Jhonatan Solano for the second out of the ninth. But, look at that, pitch-hitter Justin Bour ended the fun with a hard single up the middle with just one out to go.
Back to your regularly-scheduled programming.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.