Cubs starter Jake Arrieta tossed a no-hitter — the first of his six-year career — on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium, and finished it off in impressive fashion, striking out the side in the ninth inning. They were three of the 12 strikeouts the right-hander recorded on the evening.
Watch Arrieta fan the veteran second baseman before celebrating:
Arrieta’s transformation from a busted Orioles prospect into the Cubs’ ace has been a sight to behold. He currently sports a 2.11 ERA and could sneak into the NL Cy Young race with a strong finish of his own and a stumble to the finish line on Zack Greinke’s part.
The Indians activated shortstop Francisco Lindor in advance of their doubleheader against the Braves, the club announced Saturday. Veteran DH Hanley Ramírez has been designated for assignment in a subsequent roster move.
It’s a welcome change for the Indians, who lost Lindor to a right calf strain at the outset of spring training and saw his recovery timetable extended by a left ankle sprain during one of his rehab games. When healthy, however, the 25-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular. During his 2018 campaign, he received his third consecutive All-Star nomination and finished the season batting .277/.352/.519 with 38 home runs, 25 stolen bases, and a career-best 7.6 fWAR through 745 plate appearances.
Things haven’t gone nearly as well for Ramírez since he inked a minor-league deal with the club in late February. Although he managed to stay relatively injury-free during his first few weeks of the 2019 season, the 35-year-old infielder slashed an underwhelming .184/.298/.327 with three extra bases and eight RBI in 57 PA. Whether or not he’ll find another major-league gig this year remains to be seen.