Nathan Eovaldi loses his no-hitter against the Rangers in the seventh inning

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Update (10:18 PM EST): It’s over. Nomar Mazara led off by beating the shift with a ground ball single to left field.

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The baseball gods aren’t content with just one no-hitter in a month, as Jake Arrieta completed one last Thursday. Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi has no-hit the Rangers through six innings on Monday night in Arlington.

Arrieta has thrown 78 pitches, 53 for strikes, en route to six strikeouts and a walk over his six frames. The Yankees have supported him with three runs, the first of which came on a Jacoby Ellsbury solo home run in the third inning. Mark Teixeira added an RBI double later that inning, and Starlin Castro tacked on a solo homer in the sixth.

If Eovaldi is able to go the final three innings without allowing a hit, it would be the 296th no-hitter in baseball history. It would be the first by a Yankees pitcher since David Cone threw a perfect game against the Montreal Expos in 1999. The Rangers were last no-hit in 2007 by Mark Buehrle of the White Sox.

We’ll keep you updated as Eovaldi attempts to complete the no-no.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.