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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.

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.