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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.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.