Max Scherzer loses his perfect game in the sixth inning

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Update (8:41 PM EST): It’s over. We’re a jinx, officially. Freddy Galvis broke up the perfect game with one out in the sixth inning with a double down the right field line. Scherzer hadn’t allowed a hit in 16 1/3 innings.

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This may end up being the easiest perfect game (or no-hitter) to call in baseball history. Nationals starter Max Scherzer has tossed five perfect innings against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night on only 48 pitches. Scherzer no-hit the Pirates this past Saturday, and had tossed a one-hit shutout against the Brewers on June 14.

Johnny Vander Meer is the only pitcher in baseball history to throw no-hitters in back-to-back starts, doing so on June 11 and 15 in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.

Scherzer, by the way, singled, stole second, and came around to score in the fifth inning. He’s doing it all.

We’ll keep you posted as Scherzer attempts to make a run at history.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.