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Ex-Fisher Cat Boyd just misses no-hitter

The Sports Xchange
September 17. 2017 8:49PM
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd reacts after Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson hits a double in the ninth inning breaking up his no hitter at Comerica Park. (Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

DETROIT — Matt Boyd fell one out short of pitching Detroit’s first no-hitter since 2011.

Boyd, a former New Hampshire Fisher Cat, yielded a two-out double to right center in the ninth by Tim Anderson. He also got home run support from Nicholas Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and rookie Jeimer Candelario to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 12-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

Boyd pitched for New Hampshire in 2014 and 2015. He retired the first eight batters he faced, walked Rob Brantly on a 3-1 pitch and then set down 18 in a row until Anderson went the other way on a 2-0 pitch for his double off the right-center field wall. Boyd (6-10) struck out five.

Until Anderson’s hit, the closest Chicago came was when shortstop Dixon Machado bailed Boyd out with a nifty play on Avisail Garcia’s sharp grounder leading off the second. Machado went into the hole to scoop the grounder, and threw before setting his feet to just nip the speedy Garcia at first, with Efren Navarro making a nice scoop of the throw at first.

Candelario hit his second home run with Detroit, a three-run shot in the eighth that boosted the Tigers’ lead to 12-0.

Astros clinch A.L. West

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander delivered another strong start and the Houston Astros bashed four home runs in support in their 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday at Minute Maid Park, a victory that secured their first American League West pennant in franchise history.

Houston won its first division championship since 2001 when it claimed the National League Central title. This marks the first division title since the club moved to the AL in 2013 and the seventh division crown overall. It’s the second playoff berth in three seasons with manager A.J. Hinch.

Verlander (13-8) allowed one run on three hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts over seven innings. In three starts with the Astros (91-58) since his acquisition from the Detroit Tigers at the waiver trade deadline, Verlander is 3-0 with an 0.86 ERA and 26 strikeouts over 21 innings.

Derek Fisher and Marwin Gonzalez belted two-run home runs in the fifth inning to help the Astros erase a 1-0 deficit.

Indians win again

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber pitched seven scoreless innings and Edwin Encarnacion belted his 36th home run as Cleveland defeated Kansas City.

Kluber (17-4), who struck out nine and did not walk a batter, has pitched 22 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three starts. Cody Allen pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to pick up his 28th save.

Orioles beat Yanks

NEW YORK — Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 10 in five innings and Tim Beckham hit a long three-run homer as the Baltimore Orioles salvaged one victory in the series against New York.

Jimenez (6-10) recorded his 19th career double-digit strikeout game, striking out every Yankee except Todd Frazier.

Beckham hit his 22nd homer and 10th since being acquired from Tampa Bay in the fourth off New York starter Sonny Gray, who is 3-6 since joining the Yankees.

Didi Gregorius hit his 24th homer, which ties the record for homers by a Yankee shortstop set by Derek Jeter in 1999.

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