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


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.


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.

The Players’ Weekend uniforms are terrible

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The Yankees and the Dodgers have a storied World Series history, having met in the Fall Classic 11 times. Part of what made those falls so classic was the livery worn by each club.

The Yankees’ uniforms have gone unchanged since 1936. The Dodgers, though changing cities in 1958, have had the same basic, classic look with only minor derivations for almost as long. You can’t even say the names of these teams without picturing pinstripes, those red Dodgers numbers, both teams’ clean road grays, the Yankees navy and the Dodgers’ Dodger blue.

They looked like a couple of expansion teams last night however, at least sartorially speaking.

As you probably know it’s Players’ Weekend this weekend, and teams all over the league wore either all black or all white with player-chosen nicknames on the back. We’ve had the nicknames for a couple of years now and that’s fine, but the black and white combo is new. It doesn’t look great, frankly. I riffed on that on Twitter yesterday a good bit. But beyond my mere distaste for the ensembles, they present a pretty problematic palette, too.

For one thing the guys in black blend in with the umpires. Quick, look at these infields and tell me who’s playing and who’s officiating:

The white batting helmets look especially bad:

But some guys — like Enrique Hernandez of the Dodgers, realized that pine tar makes the white helmets look super special:

There was also a general issue with the white-on-white uniforms in that it’s rather hard to read the names and the numbers on the backs of the jerseys. This was especially true during the Cubs-Nationals game in the afternoon sunlight. You’ll note this as a much bigger problem on Sunday. It’s all rather ironic, of course, that the players have been given the right to put fun, quirky nicknames on the backs of their jerseys but no one can really see them.

The SNY booth was reading many people’s minds last night, noting how much Mad Magazine “Spy vs. Spy” energy this is throwing off:

I’ll also note that if you’re flipping between games or looking at highlights on social media it’s super hard to even tell which team is which — and even what game’s highlights you’re seeing — just by looking which, you know, is sort of the point of having uniforms in the first place.

I’m glad the players have a weekend in which they’re allowed to wear what they want. I just wish they’d wear something better.