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Kyle Freeland loses no-hitter with one out in the ninth

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Update #3 (6:19 PM ET): Freeland struck out Adam Engel to begin the ninth inning, but Melky Cabrera broke up the no-hitter with a line drive single to left field. Quite an admirable effort from Freeland. Manager Bud Black removed Freeland from the game at that point, as the lefty had thrown 126 pitches.

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Update #2 (6:02 PM ET): The Rockies tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 10-0 lead. In the top of the eighth, Freeland got Yolmer Sanchez to fly out to left field on a great play by Gerardo Parra, then struck out Omar Navaez and Willy Garcia. Freeland has one inning to go and he’s at 116 pitches.

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Update (5:26 PM ET): Freeland issued back-to-back walks to Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier on 13 pitches to begin the top of the seventh inning. He was able to bounce back and induce a ground ball 6-4-3 double play from Avisail Garcia, then got Tim Anderson to fly out to end the inning. He’s at 99 pitches through seven hitless innings.

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Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland is three innings away from a no-hitter at Coors Field. Through six innings thus far on Sunday afternoon against the White Sox, Freeland has limited the opposition to a walk and a hit batsman while tossing up zeroes on the scoreboard. He has struck out six White Sox on 76 pitches.

Freeland, a 24-year-old rookie born and raised in Colorado, entered Sunday’s action with a 4.09 ERA and a 56/38 K/BB ratio over 99 innings.

The Rockies have given Freeland seven runs of support, scoring twice in the second inning and five times in the sixth. Charlie Blackmon hit a solo homer in the sixth and Pat Valaika hit a three-run shot shortly thereafter.

To date, only one Rockies pitcher has thrown a no-hitter: Ubaldo Jimenez on April 17, 2010 against the Braves. The White Sox were last victims of a no-hitter on May 3, 2011 against the Twins’ Francisco Liriano. The last interleague no-hitter was thrown nearly two years ago by the Astros’ Mike Fiers against the Dodgers.

We’ll keep you updated as Freeland attempts to navigate the final three innings.

Oakland Athletics reverse course, will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.