The last week in MLB was about a team in the American League making history, a club placing their infielder on the injured list with an oblique injury, and a shortstop in the National League dealing with a foot injury.
Detroit Tigers Toss First Combined No-Hitter in Franchise History
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 8, 2023
The Detroit Tigers made history against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday as they tossed the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.
Starting pitcher Matt Manning held the Blue Jays hitless through six and two-thirds innings, then relievers Jason Foley and Alex Lange preserved history.
Lange forced Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to ground out to third for the final out.
The ninth no-hitter in franchise history! pic.twitter.com/pmYNvUME5N
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 8, 2023
This was the ninth no-hitter in Tigers history and the 20th combined no-hitter in MLB history.
— MLB (@MLB) July 8, 2023
Manning was making his third start since coming off the injured list, compiled five strikeouts, issued three walks, and hit one batter during his 96-pitch start.
This was the first no-hitter at home by the Tigers since Justin Verlander accomplished the feat against the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Matt Manning, Jason Foley, and Alex Lange combine to throw the 9th no-hitter in Tigers history.
It's the first at home since Justin Verlander no-hit the Brewers in 2007. pic.twitter.com/DcoyT3HeLM
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 8, 2023
The Tigers tossed only the second no-hitter on July 8 in MLB history.
The other happened on this date in 1898 by the Phillies’ Red Donahue against the Boston Beaneaters, per Sarah Langs of MLB.com.
This was the second no-hitter on July 8 in MLB history. The other came on this date in 1898 (!!!), by the Phillies’ Red Donahue against the Boston Beaneaters. https://t.co/qST9bHQIvW
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 8, 2023
It’s a tremendous accomplishment by Manning, Foley, and Lange to throw a combined no-hitter and something that each pitcher will remember for quite some time.
Houston Astros Place Second Baseman Jose Altuve on IL with Oblique Injury
The Houston Astros have placed second baseman Jose Altuve on the injured list with left oblique discomfort, per a team announcement.
We have recalled RHP Ronel Blanco and IF David Hensley from Triple A Sugar Land.
2B Jose Altuve has been placed on the 10-day IL today with left oblique discomfort (retro to July 4).
LHP Parker Mushinski was optioned to Triple A after yesterday’s game.
— Houston Astros (@astros) July 6, 2023
Altuve had missed some games last week due to the injury, and Astros general manager Dana Brown mentioned the club did not believe the injury was severe.
The infielder had missed four games in early June because of a right oblique injury.
This marks the second time this season in which Altuve will be on the injured list.
He was out until May 19 after fracturing his right thumb in the World Baseball Classic.
Altuve is having a decent season for the Astros despite the injuries.
He has posted a .264 batting average and .850 OPS in 32 games with 25 runs scored, eight doubles, six home runs, 18 RBIs, five stolen bases, and a 135 OPS+.
The Astros have remained competitive as they are second in the American League West behind the Texas Rangers.
They will need Altuve healthy in the second half of the season to contend for a playoff spot.
Chicago Cubs Place Shortstop Dansby Swanson on IL with Bruised Left Foot
The Chicago Cubs have placed shortstop Dansby Swanson on the injured list with a bruised left foot, per a team announcement.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 8, 2023
The Cubs do not expect Swanson to be sidelined too long with the injury.
Swanson is having a solid 2023 season with the Cubs as he has compiled a .258 average and .753 OPS in 83 games with 41 runs scored, 15 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 36 RBIs, four stolen bases, and a 105 OPS+.
During the offseason, the shortstop signed a seven-year contract with the Cubs and was selected to his second All-Star team.
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