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Bartolo Colon loses perfect game bid in eighth inning against Astros

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Update (10:07 PM ET): Aaand it’s over. Josh Reddick doubled down the left field line after Correa walked, putting runners on second and third with no outs to begin the eighth.

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Update (10:04 PM ET): The perfect game bid is over, but the no-hit bid is still alive. Colon walked Carlos Correa on five pitches to lead off the eighth inning.

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Update (9:49 PM ET): Colon is perfect through seven innings. He got George Springer and Alex Bregman to ground out, then Jose Altuve lined out to center field to end the inning. Colon is at 83 pitches. Not that it matters.

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Rangers starter Bartolo Colon has seen 18 Astros come to the plate and has sent all 18 of them back to the dugout unhappy. The right-hander has thrown 76 pitches and will take a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park. He has struck out seven batters in the process.

The Rangers gave Colon his only run of support in the top of the third inning when Robinson Chirinos hit a solo home run off of Astros starter Justin Verlander. Verlander has had a good game himself, limiting the opposition to just the one run on one hit and a walk with eight strikeouts.

If Colon is able to hold the Astros hitless the rest of the way, he’ll become the first Ranger to throw a no-hitter since Kenny Rogers tossed a perfect game against the California Angels on July 28, 1994. The Astros were last victims of a no-hitter when the Giants’ Matt Cain threw a perfect game on June 13, 2012.

We’ll keep you updated as Colon attempts to make history as the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter (let alone a perfect game). There have been only 23 official perfect games in baseball history.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.