Craig Kimbrel pitched an immaculate ninth inning

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Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel entered Thursday’s series finale against the Brewers with one out in the eighth inning, tasked with keeping the game a 1-1 tie. The Brewers had a runner on first base as Matt Barnes walked Orlando Arcia, but Kimbrel was able to escape that and a Jonathan Villar single with a pair of strikeouts.

In the ninth, Kimbrel threw nine pitches — all strikes — to retire the side in order on strikeouts. That’s what’s known as an “immaculate inning.”

According to Wikipedia, it’s the second immaculate inning of the season. Drew Storen also accomplished the feat on April 18 against the Orioles. There was only one immaculate inning last year (Juan Nicasio) and two in 2015 (Mike Fiers, Santiago Casilla).

Kimbrel’s having a pretty great season so far. He’s boasting a 1.15 ERA with 10 saves and a 31/2 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.