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Jake Arrieta holds the Reds hitless for second career no-hitter

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Update #4 (10:07 PM EST): Arrieta walked Scott Schebler to lead off the ninth inning. He bounced back, getting Tucker Barnhart to pop out to shortstop Addison Russell and Zack Cozart to line out softly to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Finally, Eugenio Suarez popped up to Jason Heyward in shallow right field. Arrieta threw 119 pitches, walking four and striking out six. He went 2-for-4 with two singles, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored at the plate.

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Update #3 (9:57 PM EST): Matt Szczur made it a 14-0 game with a bases loaded RBI single in the top of the ninth. Zobrist then brought in two runs with a single to left field, pushing the lead to 16-0. If Arrieta can get the final three outs, he would complete the most lopsided no-hitter in the modern era. Pud Galvin of the Buffalo Bisons completed the most lopsided no-hitter ever, in 1884, in an 18-0 win over the Detroit Wolverines.

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Update #2 (9:42 PM EST): Arrieta set the Reds down 1-2-3 again in the eighth. He’s at 103 pitches. One inning left.

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Update (9:29 PM EST): Bryant hit a grand slam in the top of the seventh to erase any doubt that Arrieta might not get the W. Arrieta got through the seventh inning quite with ease. He has two innings left to complete the no-hitter and he’s at 93 pitches.

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has left the Reds hitless through six innings at Great American Ball Park on Thursday night. The right-hander is at 74 pitches, having walked two and struck out four.

The Cubs have provided Arrieta with plenty of run support. Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning, then Ben Zobrist drilled a solo shot in the second followed by a Dexter Fowler RBI ground out. Arrieta helped his own cause with an RBI single in the fourth. David Ross slugged a solo dinger in the sixth and Anthony Rizzo put the game way out of reach with a three-run home run later that inning.

We’ll keep you updated as Arrieta attempts to hold the Reds hitless through the final three innings. He has already notched a no-hitter, having done so on August 30 last year against the Dodgers.

The Reds were last no-hit in the 2010 NLDS by the Phillies’ Roy Halladay. The last time they were no-hit in the regular season was by the Phillies’ Rick Wise in 1971.

Arrieta entered Thursday’s start having thrown 23 consecutive quality starts.

Report: David Price to pay each Dodgers minor leaguer $1,000 out of his own pocket

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Francys Romero reports that, according to his sources, Dodgers pitcher David Price will pay $1,000 out of his own money to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the 40-man roster during the month of June.

That’s a pretty amazing gesture from Price. It’s also extraordinarily telling that such a gesture is even necessary.

Under a March agreement with Major League Baseball, minor leaguers have been receiving financial assistance that is set to expire at the end of May. Baseball America reported earlier this week that the Dodgers will continue to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week past May 31, but it is unclear how long such payments would go. Even if one were to assume that the payments will continue throughout the month of June, however, it’s worth noting that $400 a week is not a substantial amount of money for players to live on, on which to support families, and on which to train and remain ready to play baseball if and when they are asked to return.

Price’s generosity should be lauded here, but this should not be considered a feel-good story overall. Major League Baseball, which has always woefully underpaid its minor leaguers has left them in a vulnerable position once again.