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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.

Padres fire Andy Green

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The Padres fired manager Andy Green on Saturday, per an official team release. Bench coach Rod Barajas will step into the position for the remaining eight games of the 2019 season.

Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Preller gave a statement in the wake of Green’s dismissal:

I want to thank Andy for his tireless work and dedication to the Padres over the last four seasons. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but one we felt was necessary at this time to take our organization to the next level and expedite the process of bringing a championship to San Diego. Our search for a new manager will begin immediately.

In additional comments made to reporters, Preller added that the decision had not been made based on the Padres’ current win-loss record (a fourth-place 69-85 in the NL West), but rather on the lack of response coming from the team.

“Looking at the performance, looking at it from an improvement standing, we haven’t seen the team respond in the last few months,” Preller said. “When you get to the point where you’re questioning where things are headed … we have to make that call.”

Since his hiring in October 2015, Green has faced considerable challenges on the Padres’ long and winding path to postseason contention. He shepherded San Diego through four consecutive losing seasons, drawing a career 274-366 record as the club extended their streak to 13 seasons without a playoff appearance. And, despite some definite strides in the right direction — including an eight-year, $144 million pact with Eric Hosmer, a 10-year, $300 million pact with superstar Manny Machado, and the development of top prospect Fernando Tatís Jr. — lingering injuries and inexplicable slumps from key players stalled the rebuild longer than the Padres would have liked.

For now, they’ll prepare to roll the dice with a new skipper in 2020, though any potential candidates have yet to be identified for the role. It won’t come cheap, either, as Green inked a four-year extension back in 2017 — one that should have seen him through the team’s 2021 campaign.