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Aaron Sanchez loses no-hit bid in the seventh inning against the Red Sox

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Update (5:30 PM EDT): Sanchez lost the no-hit bid and the shutout bid in one fell swoop as Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run with two outs in the seventh inning, tying the game at 1-1.

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With the Blue Jays’ playoff hopes on the line, Aaron Sanchez has delivered what may end up being the best start of his young career. The right-hander has held the Red Sox hitless through six innings thus far on Sunday afternoon, walking only two on 80 pitches.

Devon Travis provided the game’s only run, drilling a solo home run off of David Price in the top of the fifth inning at Fenway Park.

If Sanchez is able to navigate through the next three innings, he will become the first Blue Jay to throw a no-hitter since Dave Stieb no-hit the Indians on September 2, 1990. The Red Sox haven’t been victims of a no-hitter since the Mariners’ Chris Bosio accomplished the feat on April 22, 1993. The 2016 season has seen only one no-hitter: Jake Arrieta bested the Reds in a 16-0 rout on April 21. The 2015 season saw seven no-hitters.

Sanchez entered Sunday’s action with a 14-2 record and a league-best 3.06 ERA. We’ll keep you updated the rest of the way as Sanchez attempts to hold the Red Sox at bay.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.