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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.

Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

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In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.

Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.

Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.