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Jordan Lyles loses bid for perfect game with one out in eighth inning against Rockies

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Update (5:28 PM ET): Lyles struck out Carlos Gonzalez, but Trevor Story then broke up the perfect game bid with a single to left field. The strikeout of Gonzalez was his 10th of the afternoon, matching a career-high. Lyles then walked Pat Valaika and was relieved by Kirby Yates, who struck out Tony Wolters. Brad Hand then came in, walking Charlie Blackmon to load the bases, then got Ian Desmond to line out to center to end the inning. Lyles’ final line: 7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K on 85 pitches.

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Update (5:18 PM ET): In the top of the seventh, Lyles struck out David Dahl, got Gerardo Parra to fly out to left field, then got Nolan Arenado to ground out to third. Lyles is perfect through seven. He has thrown 72 pitches.

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Padres starter Jordan Lyles has set down 18 consecutive Rockie batters over six innings thus far in Tuesday afternoon’s start at Petco Park. He has struck out eight while throwing just 62 pitches.

Eric Hosmer provided some early run support for Lyles, lifting a two-run home run to right-center field in the first inning against Rockies starter German Marquez. Christian Villanueva added two more runs with a home run to left field in the bottom of the sixth.

Lyles, 27, has had a rough career, entering the 2018 season with an aggregate 5.43 ERA across parts of seven seasons with the Astros and Rockies. He has been solid for the Padres this season, entering Tuesday’s action with a 3.28 ERA with a 22/8 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings across one start and 13 relief appearances.

Major League Baseball hasn’t seen a perfect game since the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez accomplished the feat on August 15, 2012 against the Rays. The Padres have never had a pitcher throw a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game. The Rockies were last no-hit by the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw on June 18, 2014. They haven’t been on the bad end of a perfect game. The 2018 season has already seen three no-hitters from Sean Manaea and James Paxton, as well as a combined no-hitter from Walker Buehler and the Dodgers’ bullpen.

We’ll keep you updated as Lyles attempts to stay perfect over the final three innings.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.