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Indians lose no-hit bid in ninth inning against Blue Jays

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Update (9:07 PM ET): Freddy Galvis broke up the no-hit bid leading off the top of the ninth against Hand, lining a single to right-center.

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Update (8:54 PM ET): Edwards got two outs but also hit a batter and walked two, so Francona had to call on Brad Hand to get the final out of the inning. Hand got Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to pop up to keep the no-no alive.

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Update (8:38 PM ET): Francona decided to go to the bullpen after Bauer’s seven innings of work. Jon Edwards came in to relieve him. The last combined no-hitter also occurred last year, when the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, Tony Cingrani, Yimi García, and Adam Liberatore combined to no-hit the Padres on May 4.

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Indians starter Trevor Bauer has held the Blue Jays hitless through seven innings on Thursday night in Cleveland. The right-hander has walked six and struck out eight, running his pitch count up to 117. One wonders if manager Terry Francona will actually let Bauer complete the no-hit bid.

The Indians have given Bauer four runs of support, scoring twice each in the fourth and seventh innings. Greg Allen knocked in a run with a ground out and Roberto Pérez added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. José Ramírez hit a sacrifice fly of his own in the seventh. Brad Miller then pushed across a run by drawing a bases-loaded walk.

In Bauer’s first start of the Year on Saturday, he limited the Twins to a lone run on one hit and one walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings. Bauer is coming off of a career year in 2018. He finished sixth in AL Cy Young Award balloting, going 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and a 221/57 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.

An Indians pitcher hasn’t thrown a no-hitter since Len Barker threw a perfect game on May 15, 1981 against the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were baseball’s most recent no-hit victim. James Paxton, then with the Mariners, no-hit the blue birds in May 8 last year. The last pitcher to walk at least six batters in a no-hitter was Francisco Liriano on May 3, 2011 against the White Sox. If Bauer gets to complete his no-hit bid, his pitch count would likely cross 140. Only two pitchers have tossed a no-hitter on 140-plus pitches: the Giants’ Tim Lincecum (148) on July 13, 2013 against the Padres and the Diamondbacks’ Edwin Jackson (149) on June 25, 2010 against the Rays.

Aaron Boone receives one-game suspension for explosive tirade

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.

The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”

Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”

In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.