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Eduardo Rodriguez loses his no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning

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Update #2 (6:31 PM EDT): Rodriguez got two quick ground outs to start the eighth inning. Marcus Semien, however, hit a sharp grounder back to the mound. Rodriguez knocked it down, but Semien’s speed was too much. He was called out, but upon review, the call was overturned and Semien was awarded a hit, ending Rodriguez’s no-hit bid.

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Update (6:15 PM EDT): Rodriguez got Billy Butler to line out, then induced consecutive ground outs from Stephen Vogt and Ryon Healy. He’s at 100 pitches, two innings shy of a no-hitter.

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Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez has held the Athletics hitless through six innings during Sunday afternoon’s game at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The lefty has walked two and hit a batter while striking out five on 88 pitches. Yoan Moncada also committed a fielding error.

The Red Sox offense has thus far been unable to provide Rodriguez with run support. Starter Kendall Graveman tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings on five hits and a pair of walk with seven strikeouts. Reliever Ryan Dull got the final two outs of the seventh to keep the game knotted at zero-zero.

Though Rodriguez’s pitch count seems to be a limiting factor, if he is able to go the distance and keep the A’s hitless, he would be the second pitcher this season to toss a no-no. The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds on April 21. The last member of the Red Sox to toss a no-no was Jon Lester on May 19, 2008. The A’s haven’t been victims of a no-hitter since the Orioles’ combined no-hitter on July 13, 1991, which featured Bob Milacki, Mike Flanagan, Mark Williamson, and Gregg Olson.

Rodriguez entered Sunday’s start with a disappointing 5.35 ERA with a 61/28 K/BB ratio in 74 innings this season.

We’ll keep you updated as Rodriguez attempts to no-hit the Athletics.

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.”