Grady Sizemore homers to break up Cody Anderson’s perfect game in seventh inning


UPDATE: Anderson’s bid for a perfect game came to an end with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, as former Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore took him deep for a solo home run. Of course that happened.

The Indians haven’t had a no-hitter since Len Barker threw a perfect game against the Blue Jays on May 15, 1981. The wait continues.

9:02 p.m. ET: Making just his second major league start, Indians right-hander Cody Anderson is perfect through six innings so far tonight against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

This is actually Anderson’s second straight start against the Rays, as he tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings against them in his major league debut last Sunday. The 24-year-old is mystifying them again. While Anderson has struck out just one batter, he has been very efficient, throwing 50 out of 70 pitches for strikes. The Indians currently have a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Stay tuned to see if Anderson can make some history.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.