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Jakob Junis loses no-hitter against the Mariners with one out in the seventh


Update (10:28 PM ET): Dan Vogelbach broke up the no-hitter with one out in the seventh with an infield single to shortstop Alcides Escobar. Escobar knocked the ball down but wasn’t able to get the out.


Royals starter Jakob Junis has held the Mariners hitless through six innings thus far in Monday night’s game. Junis has hardly been perfect, however, as he has walked two and hit three batters while striking out two on 71 pitches.

The Royals have provided Junis with nine runs of support, three of which came in the first inning, one in the third, and five in the fourth.

Junis was excellent in his first start of the season, holding the Tigers scoreless on three hits and a walk with six strikeouts over seven innings on the road last Tuesday.

If Junis is able to hold the Mariners hitless over the final three frames, he’ll become the first Royal to toss a no-hitter since Bret Saberhagen on August 26, 1991 against the White Sox. The Mariners were last no-hit on April 21, 2012, when Phil Humber of the White Sox threw a perfect game.

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

Giants place Jeff Samardzija on 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation

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Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija is heading back to the disabled list, per a team announcement on Sunday. Samardzija was diagnosed with another bout of inflammation in his right shoulder and will undergo further evaluation this week, though surgery is not currently being considered. A concrete timetable for his return to the rotation will not be set until the club knows the extent of his injury.

At this point in the season, Samardzija has seen far more time on the DL than he has on the mound. This will be his third trip there after missing a collective nine weeks with a pectoral strain and right shoulder rightness since the start of the year. When healthy, he put up a 1-5 record in 10 starts with a 6.25 ERA, 5.2 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through just 44 2/3 innings in 2018.

In a corresponding move, infielder Kelby Tomlinson has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Southpaw Derek Holland will slot into Samardzija’s spot in the rotation; he currently carries a 5-8 record across 18 starts and a 4.09 ERA, 3.4 B/9 and 9.1 SO/9 over 101 1/3 innings in 2018.