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Marco Estrada loses no-hitter in the eighth inning against the Red Sox

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Update (3:52 PM EDT): It’s over. Chris Young hit a one-out solo home run over the Green Monster to make it a 5-1 game.

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Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada has held the potent Red Sox offense without a hit through seven innings thus far in Sunday’s start at Fenway Park. He has walked three and struck out four on 98 pitches.

The Jays’ offense has backed Estrada with five runs. Jose Bautista hit a solo home run off of Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez in the first. Darwin Barney hit a solo homer of his own in the third, and Edwin Encarnacion would hit a two-run shot later in the inning. In the sixth, Russell Martin went deep with the bases empty off of Rodriguez.

To date Dave Stieb is the only Blue Jay to author a no-hitter, doing so on September 2, 1990 against the Indians. The Red Sox were last victims of a no-hitter on April 22, 1993 at the hands of Mariners pitcher Chris Bosio.

We’ll keep you updated as Estrada attempts to finish off the no-hitter.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.