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.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.