Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter against the Orioles

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Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has just completed the fourth no-hitter of the 2015 season.

The Japanese starter walked three batters but struck out seven in a historical 116-pitch effort as the Mariners defeated the visiting Orioles 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Seattle’s Safeco Field.

Iwakuma joins Randy Johnson, Chris Bosio, and Felix Hernandez as the only Mariners starters to throw a no-no. Kevin Millwood and five relievers also combined for a no-hitter against the Dodgers in 2012.

Iwakuma was thought to be a trade candidate at the July 31 deadline, but the Mariners opted to keep the 34-year-old impending free agent and he rewarded them Wednesday by stirring up one of the loudest home crowds Safeco Field has heard this season. It’s been a disappointing summer overall for the M’s, who carried postseason expectations after an active winter but stand 54-61 even after Wednesday’s victory.

Iwakuma has also breathed some much-needed life into his open-market value. He had a stellar 3.07 in 524 innings between 2012-2014 but entered his start Wednesday with a 4.41 ERA in 63 1/3 frames.

Those nine scoreless innings have pushed his season ERA down to 3.86.

The no-hitter was also Iwakuma’s first career complete game.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.