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Rick Porcello threw an immaculate inning against the Rays

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Red Sox starter Rick Porcello threw an immaculate inning, striking out the side on nine pitches in the bottom of the fifth of Wednesday’s game against the Rays. He whiffed Trevor Plouffe, Wilson Ramos, and Mallex Smith.

There have already been three immaculate innings this month, thrown by Porcello, the Rays’ Jose Alvarado (August 4), and the Yankees’ Dellin Betances (August 2). Porcello is the eighth pitcher this year to throw an immaculate inning, setting a single-season record. There were seven immaculate innings thrown in 2014. In total, pitchers have thrown 89 immaculate innings, making the feat rarer than a no-hitter (296).

Porcello, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, entered Wednesday’s start with a 5-14 record, a 4.70 ERA, and a 132/28 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings.

Report: A’s trying to finish deal for Jeurys Familia

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The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.

Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.

While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.