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Sean Newcomb loses no-hit bid against Dodgers with two outs in the ninth inning

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Update #2 (4:21 PM ET): Logan Forsythe and Cody Bellinger flied out, but Chris Taylor broke up the no-hit bid with a well-struck single to left field past third baseman Johan Camargo. Manager Brian Snitker took Newcomb out of the game at that point, as the lefty had thrown 134 pitches. Dan Winker came in. Taylor took second base on defensive indifference, then scored on a Machado single, ending the shutout. Winkler got Matt Kemp to ground out to end the game.

Newcomb’s final line: 8 2/3 innings, one hit, one earned run, one walk, eight strikeouts. He got the win, improving to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA.

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Update (3:56 PM ET): Newcomb got Joc Pederson and Yasmani Grandal to ground out, then struck out Yasiel Puig to escape the eighth with the no-hitter intact. He’s now at eight strikeouts with 118 pitches on the ledger. Three outs to go.

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Braves starter Sean Newcomb has tossed seven no-hit innings against the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta. The lefty has walked one and struck out seven on 100 pitches.

The Braves’ offense has provided Newcomb four runs of support. Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki each hit RBI doubles in the bottom of the first inning and Markakis followed up with a two-run homer in the third.

Newcomb, 25, entered Sunday’s action brandishing a 9-5 record with a 3.41 ERA and a 102/56 K/BB ratio in 111 innings across 20 starts.

If Newcomb is able to keep the Dodgers hitless over the next two innings, he will become the first Brave to toss a no-no since Kent Mercker on April 8, 1994 against… the Dodgers. The Dodgers haven’t been no-hit since the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta accomplished the feat on August 30, 2015. While there have been a lot of close calls when it comes to no-hitters this season, we’ve “only” seen three: from Sean Manaea and James Paxton, and a combined no-hitter from the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore.

We will keep you updated as Newcomb tries to keep the Dodgers at bay over the final two frames.

Report: MLB, MLBPA discussing potential to play all games in Arizona

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Per Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have been discussing the idea of playing the 2020 season entirely in Arizona. The state has 10 spring training parks as well as Chase Field, home to the Diamondbacks. MLB suspended the 2020 season last month as the U.S. began to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This certainly comes as no surprise as commissioner Rob Manfred has suggested the need to potentially get “creative” if MLB is to have a season. Other ideas have included running the season deep into the fall, hosting games in mostly warm-weather states, and making use of frequent doubleheaders.

For many reasons, the U.S. has not done well to date dealing with the pandemic, so it is quite optimistic to expect sports to return at any point in the near future. That being said, agent Scott Boras, who spoke to Blum, suggested baseball’s return could provide “a necessary product that gives all the people that are isolated enjoyment.” He added that that product would be “inspirational to our country.”

MLB and all of its associated interests stand to lose significant amounts of money the longer the season is delayed, which is why many are champing at the bit for the schedule to resume. Presumably, any resumption of the schedule would require that games not be played in front of fans.