Danny Duffy loses no-hit bid in the eighth inning against the Rays

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Update #2 (9:28 PM EDT): The Royals added more run support for Duffy in the top of the eighth, tacking on two runs to make it a 3-0 game. But it wasn’t enough. Desmond Jennings doubled to lead off the bottom of the eighth to end Duffy’s no-hit bid. Duffy got through the inning with two more strikeouts, running his total up to 16 through eight frames and setting a Royals single-game record.

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Update (9:01 PM EDT): He’s through seven without allowing a hit. In the bottom of the seventh, he got Brad Miller to fly out, then struck out Evan Longoria and Steven Souza, Jr. He has 14 strikeouts and 97 pitches.

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Royals starter Danny Duffy has held the Rays hitless through six innings on Monday night at Tropicana Field. The lefty has walked one and struck out 12 batters on 84 pitches.

Duffy came into Monday night’s start with a 3.22 ERA and a 110/22 K/BB ratio in 100 2/3 innings.

DH Kendrys Morales broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning to give Duffy the lead, blasting a solo home run to center field off of Rays starter Chris Archer. Archer has otherwise been sharp, yielding the lone run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

2016 has seen only one no-hitter, authored by Cubs ace Jake Arrieta on April 21 against the Reds. The last no-hitter thrown by a Royals hitter was Bret Saberhagen on August 26, 1991 against the White Sox. The Rays were last victims of a no-hitter on August 15, 2012, when Mariners ace Felix Hernandez tossed a perfect game.

We’ll keep you updated as Duffy attempts to navigate the final three innings without yielding a hit.

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.