Mike Fiers no-hits the Reds

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Athletics starter Mike Fiers tossed his second career no-hitter, holding the Reds’ offense at bay on Tuesday night in Oakland. The right-hander yielded just two walks while striking out six on 131 pitches. Interestingly, the game was delayed due to a lighting malfunction in left field.

Fiers was in danger of losing his no-hitter with two outs in the sixth inning, when Joey Votto skied a fly ball to left-center field. Center fielder Ramón Laureano, however, jumped at the wall and caught the ball, robbing Votto of a home run. The A’s went on to win 2-0, with Jurickson Profar providing both runs. He knocked in a run with a double in the second inning and hit a solo homer in the seventh.

Fiers previously threw a no-hitter on August 21, 2015 for the Astros against the Dodgers. He’s the 31st pitcher with multiple no-hitters to his name. He has the first no-hitter of the 2019 season and the first since James Paxton — then a Mariner — no-hit the Blue Jays on this same day last year. Fiers is the first member of the A’s to throw a no-hitter since Sean Manaea on April 21 last year against the Red Sox. The Reds were last victims of a no-hitter on April 21, 2016, when the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta accomplished the feat.

After Tuesday’s performance, Fiers is 3-3 with a 5.48 ERA and a 34/13 K/BB ratio in 46 innings. The no-hitter aside, Fiers hasn’t quite pitched as well as the last-place A’s hoped when they inked him to a two-year, $14.1 million contract in December.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.