Homer Bailey Throws Second No-Hitter

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In 2012, no-hitters were a regular occurrence and it got to the point that the excitement and energy that come with a no-hitter was weakening. But, it was quite a  night in Cincinnati on Tuesday as that energy and excitement returned as Homer Bailey provided baseball fans across the country with a magical night! Bailey carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants before issuing a leadoff walk to Gregor Blanco. But, Bailey did not seemed bothered and he just continued to set down Giants hitters and he completed his second no-hitter of his career. Bailey was still hitting 96-97 mph on the radar gun in the ninth inning.  Bailey improved to 5-6 on the season with a 3.57 ERA. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • David Price struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list Tuesday. In his first appearances since May 15 due to a strained triceps, Price showed no signs of rust and pitched really well. He struck out 10 and only needed 70 pitches to get through those seven innings.
  • Evan Longoria (foot) had two hits in his return to the Rays lineup Tuesday.  Longoria did not appear to be running at 100%, but getting him back in the lineup is needed.
  • John Lackey was really good as he allowed one run over eight innings against the Padres Tuesday. Lackey lowered his ERA to 2.81 and he won his fourth straight decision. The time to sell-high on Lackey may not get any better than right now, but while Lackey will most likely regress a bit, it won't be enough to trade him.
  • Dexter Fowler (wrist) has finally found his way to the 15-day disabled list. Fowler has not played for a week, so the move is retroactive to June 26th. Tyler Colvin and Corey Dickerson should split playing time in centerfield while Fowler is out.
  • Jedd Gyorko (groin) is likely about a week away from a return according to Padres manager Bud Black who appeared on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM. Gyorko has been on the disabled list on June 10th with a strained groin. Gyorko suffered a slight setback during his first rehab game last week, but the good news is he appears to be getting close to starting another rehab assignment.
  • Miguel Cabrera (back) left Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness, but expects to play Wednesday. We'll see if the Tigers feel the same way and it won't be surprising if Cabrera gets a couple days off.
  • Heath Bell has been re-inserted into the Diamondbacks’ closer role as J.J. Putz needs to rebuild his arm strength. D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson was not comfortable with the way Putz looked in his first two appearances since returning from the disabled list.
  • Josh Willingham (knee) was placed on the disabled list and will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Willingham has had trouble with his knees all season and the Twins decided this was the best thing to do.
  • B.J. Upton is confident that he'll be back in the lineup Wednesday after exiting Tuesday with forearm spasm. Really, B.J. its fine with me if you take a couple days off.
  • Brian Bogusevic went 2-4 with two runs scored on Tuesday night in Oakland. Bogusevic will take over in center field and get regular playing time with Ryan Sweeney (ribs) now expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks. Bogusevic could be a sneaky source of power for NL-Only leagues.