Shelby Miller loses no-hitter in eighth inning vs. Arizona

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Braves right-hander Shelby Miller is working on a no-hitter through seven innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks, though his pitch count sits at 102 heading into the eighth. We’ll pass along updates as the 24-year-old tries to finish this thing off — if Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez lets him finish it off.

Miller has walked four and struck out 10 over his seven hitless frames. He’s going to have to be pretty efficient from here to complete his first career no-no.

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UPDATE, 3:46 PM ET: Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed led off the top of the eighth inning and dropped a bloop single into shallow right-center field to end Shelby’s no-hit bid. Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a hard-hit single off the glove of Braves second baseman Jace Peterson. That pushed Miller from the game with zero outs in the eighth, and Ahmed then scored on a fielder’s choice against Braves reliever Ross Detwiler to strip Miller of a possible win.

Shelby holds a stellar 2.43 ERA in 152 innings this year, but he hasn’t earned a win since May 17.

Yasmani Grandal signs a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox

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The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.

Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.

The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.

The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.