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.

RHP Fairbanks, Rays agree to 3-year, $12 million contract

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Reliever Pete Fairbanks and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration when they agreed Friday to a three-year, $12 million contract that could be worth up to $24.6 million over four seasons.

The deal includes salaries of $3,666,666 this year and $3,666,667 in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have a $7 million option for 2026 with a $1 million buyout.

His 2024 and 2025 salaries could increase by $300,000 each based on games finished in the previous season: $150,000 each for 35 and 40.

Tampa Bay’s option price could increase by up to $6 million, including $4 million for appearances: $1 million each for 60 and 70 in 2025; $500,000 for 125 from 2023-25 and $1 million each for 135, 150 and 165 from 2023-25. The option price could increase by $2 million for games finished in 2025: $500,000 each for 25, 30, 35 and 40.

Fairbanks also has a $500,000 award bonus for winning the Hoffman/Rivera reliever of the year award and $200,000 for finishing second or third.

The 29-year-old right-hander is 11-10 with a 2.98 ERA and 15 saves in 111 appearances, with all but two of the outings coming out of the bullpen since being acquired by the Rays from the Texas Rangers in July 2019.

Fairbanks was 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 24 appearances last year after beginning the season on the 60-day injured list with a right lat strain.

Fairbanks made his 2022 debut on July 17 and tied for the team lead with eight saves despite being sidelined more than three months. In addition, he is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 career postseason appearances, all with Tampa Bay.

He had asked for a raise from $714,400 to $1.9 million when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged Jan. 13, and the Rays had offered for $1.5 million.

Fairbanks’ agreement was announced two days after left-hander Jeffrey Springs agreed to a $31 million, four-year contract with Tampa Bay that could be worth $65.75 million over five seasons.

Tampa Bay remains scheduled for hearings with right-handers Jason Adam and Ryan Thompson, left-hander Colin Poche, third baseman Yandy Diaz and outfielder Harold Ramirez.