Giants starter Chris Heston completes no-hitter against Mets

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We’ve got a no-hitter alert from Citi Field in Queens.

Giants right-hander Chris Heston has allowed zero hits — and zero walks — through seven innings Tuesday night against the host Mets. He did plunk Ruben Tejada and Lucas Duda with pitches in the bottom of the fourth inning, which is what’s keeping this from being a perfect game watch. Updates to come as Heston tries to finish this thing off.

The 27-year-old former 12th-round pick entered his start Tuesday with an underwhelming 4.29 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 70 1/3 career major league frames.

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EIGHTH INNING: Heston got groundouts from Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, and Eric Campbell in the bottom of the eighth. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford made a nice play on Campbell’s, a hard shot to the left side of the infield that Crawford had to backhand. Heston is at 96 pitches with three outs to go.

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NINTH INNING: Heston hit Anthony Recker with his very first pitch in the bottom of the ninth — Heston’s third HBP of the game. But he struck out pinch-hitter Danny Muno, leadoff man Curtis Granderson, and then Ruben Tejada — all looking — to finish off the no-hitter. It’s the fourth no-no in four years for the Giants.

Maddon: Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again for Angels this year

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Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again this season for the Los Angeles Angels after straining his right forearm in his second start, manager Joe Maddon says.

Ohtani likely will return to the Angels’ lineup as their designated hitter this week, Maddon said Tuesday night before the club opened a road series against the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels’ stance on Ohtani is unsurprising after the club announced he had strained the flexor pronator mass near the elbow of his pitching arm. The two-way star’s recovery from the strain requires him to abstain from throwing for four to six weeks, which covers most of the shortened 2020 season.

“I’m not anticipating him pitching at all this year,” Maddon said. “Any kind of throwing program is going to be very conservative.”

Ohtani was injured Sunday in the second inning of his second start since returning to the mound following Tommy John surgery in late 2018. Ohtani issued five walks during the 42-pitch inning against the Houston Astros, with his velocity dropping later in the frame.

The arm injury is another obstacle in Ohtani’s path to becoming the majors’ first true two-way player in decades. He made 10 mound starts as a rookie in 2018 before injuring his elbow, but he served as the Angels’ regular designated hitter last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Ohtani has pitched in only three games since June 2018, but the Angels still believe in Ohtani’s ability to be a two-way player, Maddon said.

“I’m seeing that he can,” Maddon said. “We’ve just got to get past the arm maladies and figure that out. But I’ve seen it. He’s just such a high-end arm, and we’ve seen what he can do in the batter’s box. Now maybe it might get to the point where he may choose to do one thing over the other and express that to us. I know he likes to hit. In my mind’s eye, he’s still going to be able to do this.”

The veteran manager believes Ohtani will benefit from a full spring training and a normal season. Ohtani wasn’t throwing at full strength for a starter when the coronavirus pandemic shut down spring training in March because he wasn’t expected to pitch until May as he returned from surgery.

“Going into a regular season with a normal number of starts and all the things that permit guys to be ready for a year, that’s what we need to see is some normalcy before you make that kind of determination,” Maddon said.

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