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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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”