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Yankees’ Single-A affiliate loses despite throwing perfect game in regulation

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Minor league pitcher Deivi Garcia retired all 21 batters he faced over seven innings against the Clearwater Threshers for the Tampa Tarpons in a matchup between the advanced Single-A affiliates of the Phillies and Yankees, respectively, on Monday. Garcia struck out 12 and issued zero walks on 82 pitches in the back end of a doubleheader.

Despite Garcia’s effort, the game remained a scoreless tie heading into the eighth inning, which is extra innings at that level. Threshers outfielder Luke Williams started the top of the eighth on second base, per minor league rules. Christian Morris replaced Garcia on the mound. Kevin Markham, leading off the inning, managed to reach base thanks to a missed catch error by shortstop Diego Castillo, which also allowed Williams to advance to third base. Edgar Cabral then grounded out, failing to bring home the go-ahead run, but advanced Markham to second base. Daniel Brito hit another ground ball, this time allowing Williams to score the tie-breaking run on a fielder’s choice.

In the bottom half of the eighth, Threshers reliever Alberto Tirado set down the side in order to give the Threshers the 1-0 victory even though they had a perfect game tossed against them in regulation.

J.J. Cooper of Baseball America said he reached out to Minor League Baseball to see how they handle official definitions of a perfect game since an extra-inning perfect game is impossible due to the rule stating that the batting team begins each extra inning with a runner on second base.

White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

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CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.

The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.

Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.

“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”

The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.