Yu Darvish comes within one out of throwing a no-hitter as the Rangers’ ace allows a single to David Ortiz with two outs in the 9th. Darvish then comes out and Alexi Ogando retires Mike Napoli to end the game with Texas winning, 8 – 0, over the Red Sox. Ortiz had broken up Darvish’s bid for a perfect game two innings earlier when his pop fly to shallow right dropped between 2B Rougned Odor and RF Alex Rios in the 7th; Rios was charged with an error on that play, however, and Darvish allowed a couple of walks before facing Ortiz again. It’s a case of déjà vu for Darvish, as he has previously come within an out of a perfect game on April 2, 2013. On May 14th, Major League Baseball will overturn official scorer Steve Weller’s ruling on Ortiz’s 7th-inning blooper, calling it a hit as well.
May 9, 2014
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For his part, Michael Pineda of the Yankees strikes out a career-high 16 Orioles batters in 7 innings in picking up a 6 – 2 win. The 16 K’s are tied for second-most in Yankees history, the team record being 18 by Ron Guidry, while the Orioles set team records for most strikeouts against one pitcher, and most in a game, as they whiff two more times in the final two innings to end up with 18.
May 10, 2015
The Blue Jays sign veteran Vladimir Guerrero to a minor league contract. GM Alex Anthopoulos tones down expectations, explaining that Vlad must first prove in extended spring training that he is in condition, then play in some minor league contests before the Jays consider adding him to their roster. Indeed, Guerrero will not make it all the way back to the bigs.
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