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Braves pitcher Mike Soroka’s no-hit bid snapped in seventh

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UPDATE: Welp, that ended quickly. Michael Conforto led off the inning, facing a shifted infield and hit one to usual shortstop position Dansby Swanson ranged over to field it but had to make a Jeter-esque jump throw just to make it look good, though he never had a shot of getting Conforto at first. A clean infield hit, no-hitter over. As you were, pepple.

1:29 PM: Braves starter Mike Soroka just spent a month on the disabled list with a bum shoulder. He was activated and is making the start against the Mets today — just the fourth big league start of his career. It’s going pretty well too: he is no-hitting New York through six innings.

Sokora has thrown only 64 pitches, so he’s theoretically got the range to get there if he can keep it going. You have to figure that the Braves are going to do everything they can to protect him in this one, so absent a couple of more super efficient innings, he may not make it.

It’s a close game, though, because Jacob deGrom — who has been criminally unsupported by the Mets’ offense this season — has allowed only one run in his six innings as well.

We’ll update as events unfold.

Minor League Baseball eclipses 40 million in attendance for 14th consecutive season

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Minor League Baseball announced on Wednesday that, for the 14th consecutive season, the league has eclipsed 40 million in total attendance. 20 teams set single-game attendance records and seven teams set franchise records for single-game attendance in their current parks.

ESPN’s Keith Law, who has been covering the minor leagues for quite a while, did the math:

Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O’Conner, whose most prominent stint in the public eye involved him disingenuously justifying the underpaying of his players, said, “Minor League Baseball continues to be the best entertainment value in sports, and these numbers support that. For us to top 40 million fans for the 14th consecutive season despite the weather challenges our teams faced in April and May is a testament to the continued support of our loyal fan bases and the creative promotions and hard work done by all of our teams across the country.”

Major and Minor League Baseball are quite happy to make money hand over fist on the backs of their players, but are too cheap to pay them adequately for their labor.