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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.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.