Posted Date: April 17, 2014

Jon Lester, Chris Sale take no-hitters into sixth inning in Red Sox win over White Sox

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Xander Bogaerts' solo shot in the sixth inning broke up Chris Sale's no-hit bid. (Paul Beaty/AP)

Xander Bogaerts’ solo shot in the sixth inning broke up Chris Sale’s no-hit bid. (Paul Beaty/AP)

The night after a five-hour, 14-inning marathon that was decided with a position player on the mound, the Red Sox and White Sox took some extra time for their bats to wake up.

Boston’s Jon Lester and Chicago’s Chris Sale both no-hit the opposition into the sixth inning, the second time this season two pitchers have gone at least five in such fashion. Once both pitchers departed — having given their depleted bullpens a break by combining for 15 innings, 19 strikeouts and just two runs allowed — the Red Sox rallied for two ninth-inning runs to win 3-1. Continue Reading

Posted Date: April 17, 2014

Yankees turn season’s first triple play

CC Sabathia, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays

The Yankees pulled off the season’s first triple play Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. Like the other two they’ve turned over the past five seasons, CC Sabathia was on the mound.

Staked to a 4-0 lead against David Price, Sabathia appeared as though he might surrender at least part of his cushion in the bottom of the second inning, when Evan Longoria led off with a double and then Wil Myers worked a walk.

Sabathia threw an 88 mph fastball to Sean Rodriguez to start the next at-bat, and Rodriguez hit a chopper down the third base line. Yangervis Solarte fielded it cleanly just one step from the bag, then threw to Brian Roberts at second base. He one-hopped the ball over to first, where Scott Sizemore — making his first professional appearance at first base — made a nice scoop to complete the trifecta. Continue Reading

Posted Date: April 17, 2014

Watch: Yasiel Puig continues do do ridiculous Yasiel Puig things

Los Angeles Dodgers, Yasiel Puig

Above, behold Yasiel Puig doing the kind of thing that will, within the next hour, spawn roughly a thousand #HOTTAKES columns about playing the game the right way: Puig tries to catch a flyball at his waist with one hand, only to let it clank off his glove. He, then, of course, does an even more Yasiel Puig thing by immediately picking up the ball and firing an absolute laser to second base to get the force out on the Giants’ Brandon Hicks, who was at first at the start of the play.

But this being Puig, he can’t follow up a moment that silly without doing something equal parts funny, impressive and downright goofy to top it. And that’s how you get the catch you see below:

This has been your daily reminder that few players are as fun or potentially frustrating to watch as Yasiel Puig.

(Both GIFs courtesy SB Nation.)

Posted Date: April 17, 2014

Watch: Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo hit first homers for new teams

Robinson Cano, Shin-Soo Choo
Robinson Cano is congratulated after hitting his first homer as a Mariner on Thursday. (Brandon Wade/AP)

Robinson Cano is congratulated by his teammates after hitting his first homer as a Mariner. (Brandon Wade/AP)

It took 55 and 54 at-bats, respectively, but Robinson Cano and Shin-Soo Choo are on the board with their first homers of 2014, and their first for their new teams. Unsurprisingly, both homers came in the offense-friendly confines of Texas’ Globe Life Park. Choo’s homer, a solo blast, came first, as he punched a screaming line drive to rightfield off a hanging changeup from Erasmo Ramirez to make it 4-0 Texas in the bottom of the second. Cano wasted no time answering, also lining a ball into the rightfield stands off Texas’ Tanner Scheppers; that three-run shot cut the Rangers’ lead to 4-3.

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Posted Date: April 17, 2014

Cubs, Diamondbacks reveal throwbacks for Wrigley Field 100th anniversary

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Chicago's throwback uniform for the Wrigley Field centenary. (via SportsLogos.net)

Chicago’s throwback uniform for the Wrigley Field centenary. (via SportsLogos.net)

Next Wednesday will mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the stadium we now know as Wrigley Field, a celebration that will be highlighted by both the Chicago Cubs and the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks wearing throwback uniforms dating back to the park’s first contest.

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