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June 13th, 2019
1. Zack Greinke flirts with a no-hitter and pitches the Diamondbacks over the Nationals.
The last Diamondbacks pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Edwin Jackson on June 25, 2010, against Tampa Bay.
The 35-year-old ace has never thrown a no-hitter in the majors.
He took one into the eighth inning against Pittsburgh in 2017 but lost it on Gregory Polanco‘s homer.
Greinke pitched a one-hit shutout in 2009 against Seattle.
Greinke (8-2) pitched 7 1/3 innings, leaving after a 63-minute rain delay. The right-hander struck out three without a walk.
He had faced the minimum when Trea Turner led off the seventh with a grounder between first and second. First baseman Christian Walker made a diving stop but was unable to get off a throw against the speedy Turner, who legged out an infield single.
Greinke retired the first 10 Nationals before hitting Eaton in the foot with a pitch. Rendon followed with a liner back to Greinke, who doubled Eaton off first.
Greinke improved to 6-1 with a 1.27 ERA in nine career starts against the Nationals.
The Diamondbacks scored two in the first before Avila’s homer made it 3-0 in the second.
Dyson hit a two-run shot off Fedde in the fourth.
The second game of the four game series in DC will have Robbie Ray against former Diamondback Max Scherzer.
LHP Robbie Ray (5-3, 3.54) is 0-4 with a 6.26 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.
RHP Max Scherzer (4-5, 2.83) has a 0.67 ERA with 39 strikeouts, five walks, zero home runs allowed and a .198 opponents’ batting average over his past four starts.
2. Shohei Ohtani is the Japanese born player to hit for the cycle.
Photo: AP Photo/Chris O’Meara
Ohtani only needed four at-bats to complete a feat that Ichiro Suzaki, Hideki Matsui and many other notable Japanese hitters had previously been unable to achieve.
Ohtani completed his cycle with a single in the seventh inning of a game Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ohtani’s first three hits came off left-hander Ryan Yarbrough. He hit a three-run homer in the first inning, doubled in the third, tripled during the fifth.
He flared a 3-2 pitch into right-center field against right-hander Hunter Wood in the seventh and received a standing ovation from the fans at Tropicana Field.
Ohtani is only the sixth player in MLB history to hit for the cycle as a DH, the last being Jeff DaVanon (also for the Angels) in 2004
The 24 year old Ohtani, missed the Angels first 34 games while recovering from offseason Tommy John surgery.
3. Major League Baseball results of the day.
Nicky Lopez hit his first major league homer in the stadium where he played college ball, Homer Bailey allowed two hits in six shutout innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 Thursday night in the first big league regular season game played in Nebraska.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered to ignite a seven-run sixth inning, Cavan Biggio went deep twice and the Toronto Blue Jays hammered the Baltimore Orioles 12-3 Thursday night. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Danny Jansen had three hits and two RBI apiece for the Blue Jays.
Nelson Cruz and C.J. Cron supplied the power for the team that leads the majors in home runs. Utility infielder Ehire Adrianza supplied the hustle and the spark in the decisive six-run sixth as the Minnesota Twins topped the Seattle Mariners 10-5.
The New York Mets were looking for a win over the St. Louis Cardinals as heavy rain fell around them. Umpires suspended the game just before 11 p.m. The teams will resume the game on Friday at 6:10 p.m. ET before the second scheduled game in this series.
Wilson Ramos discovered that his wife is pregnant with their third child Thursday night as he was standing in the on-deck circle at Citi Field.
4. Baseball news and notes.
Albert Pujols ranks sixth with 645 career home runs, also became the seventh player to hit 200 home runs in both the American and National Leagues.
One year after he was left off Atlanta’s postseason rotation, Julio Teheran has re-emerged as a reliable leader on a young staff. Teheran’s roll of superb starts is a big reason the Braves are back in first place in the NL East.
The Philadelphia Phillies acquired infielder Brad Miller from the New York Yankees on Thursday. Miller, 29, joined the Yankees organization this season after he was released by the Cleveland Indians in April.
The Tampa Bay Rays have been one of the best stories of baseball’s first half, entering Thursday with a 41-26 record that’s among the best in the majors. Only one Rays player outfielder Austin Meadows was among the top three at his respective position.