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Jake Odorizzi loses no-hit bid against Yankees in eighth inning

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Update (10:30 PM ET): The Twins gave Odorizzi two more runs of support thanks to a two-run double from Max Kepler in the bottom of the seventh. In the eighth, Odorizzi started off by striking out Gary Sánchez. Greg Bird then followed up with an RBI double to the gap in left-center field, ending both the no-hit bid and the shutout. Manager Paul Molitor came out to the mound to take Odorizzi out after a valiant 120-pitch effort.

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Twins starter Jake Odorizzi has held the Yankees hitless through his first seven innings of Wednesday night’s start in Minnesota. The right-hander has walked two and struck out four on 109 pitches.

The Twins provided Odorizzi a lone run of support, which came in the bottom of the sixth on Ehire Adrianza‘s RBI double.

Odorizzi, 28, entered Wednesday’s start with a 5-10 record, a 4.57 ERA, and a 148/61 K/BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings. The Yankees’ offense is second-best in the American League, averaging 5.12 runs per game. That Odorizzi has no-hit them through seven innings thus far is remarkable in that regard.

The 2018 season has seen three no-hitters thus far from the Athletics’ Sean Manaea (April 21) and the Mariners’ James Paxton (May 8) as well as a combined no-hitter from the Dodgers (May 4). If Odorizzi is able to keep the Yankees hitless over the final two innings, he will become the first Twin to toss a no-hitter since Francisco Liriano on May 3, 2011 against the White Sox. The Yankees haven’t been no-hit since a combined no-hit effort from the Astros on June 11, 2003.

Max Scherzer: ‘There’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions’

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MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.

Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.

Scherzer’s statement:

After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.

Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.

Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.