Carlos Carrasco loses no-hitter with one out to go vs. Rays

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NINTH INNING: Carrasco walked Asdrubal Cabrera to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning. His pitch count is up to 113. Carrasco plunked pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer with his very next delivery.

Men on first and second, no outs. Pitch count: 114.

Grady Sizemore grounded to short for the first out. Carrasco then whiffed Kevin Kiermaier for the second out. This may happen.

Welp. Joey Butler singled to right-center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Back to your regularly scheduled HBT programming.

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We have some history in the works Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.

Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has no-hit the Rays through eight innings with a pitch count of 106. His only real blemish on the evening was a seventh-inning walk of Tampa Bay’s Joey Butler.

We’ll provide updates as Carrasco tries to finish this thing off. Cleveland has an 8-0 lead.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.