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Wei-Yin Chen loses his no-hit bid in the seventh inning against the Pirates


Update (9:11 PM EDT): Jung Ho Kang broke up the no-hitter leading off the seventh inning, drilling a line drive to left field. It was misplayed by Christian Yelich, allowing Kang to go to second, but Kang was credited with a double.


Marlins pitcher Wei-Yin Chen has held the Pirates hitless through six innings thus far in Thursday night’s action. The Pirates were tied with the Cubs for the National League lead in on-base percentage at .354 entering Thursday’s action.

Chen has thrown 90 pitches, striking out five, walking two, and hitting a batter (Francisco Cervelli, who left the game).

Henderson Alvarez was the last Marlin to throw a no-hitter, doing so against the Tigers on September 29, 2013. The Pirates were last victims of a no-hitter on June 20 last year thanks to the Nationals’ Max Scherzer.

The Marlins have supported Chen with three runs of offense against Pirates starter Juan Nicasio. Miguel Rojas plated a run in the first on a squeeze bunt. In the third, Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run with a double, and J.T. Realmuto later hit a sacrifice fly.

We’ll keep you updated as Chen attempts to get through the final three innings.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.