Video: Sean Manaea sets franchise record with 14 hitless innings

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In case it slipped your mind, Friday marked Sean Manaea‘s first start since his no-hitter last Saturday. The Athletics’ southpaw proved dominant a second time, holding the Astros hitless through three innings before giving up a run-scoring single to Carlos Correa in the fourth.

Correa may have denied Manaea a second go at a no-hitter, but history was still made: With 14 consecutive hitless innings under his belt, the 26-year-old lefty has the longest hitless streak in franchise history. (That run stretches back through the tail end of his win over the Mariners on April 15, when he finished his start with 2 2/3 hitless frames.)

The last A’s pitcher to come close to the record was right-hander John “Blue Moon” Odom, whose 13-inning streak was one of the hallmarks of his All-Star age-23 season in 1968. Interestingly enough, that streak did not feature a no-hitter, though fellow righty Catfish Hunter had hurled the sixth no-no in club history just a month earlier.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.