A look at what is happening around the majors on Thursday:
Jacob deGrom has Mets fans crossed again after leaving his start on Wednesday with a pain in his right shoulder.
One outing after being dragged by a jewel against San Diego with right flexor tendonitis, deGrom was eliminated after three perfect innings against the Chicago Cubs. He struck eight, the first time since at least 1901 that a pitcher has hit at least eight over three perfect innings, according to STATS.
The team didn’t immediately reveal how long deGrom could be out or whether he needed an MRI or other medical tests.
DeGrom tossed a one-hit ball over six scoreless innings at the Padres on Friday night before leaving with the flexion problem in his right arm. The next day he had an MRI that showed no damage and he resumed his usual routine between starts. He started Wednesday with his usual four days of rest.
DeGrom cut his ERA to 0.54, the best ever by a pitcher in 11 starts. He also had an RBI single and raised his average to 0.423 in an MVP season for the 32-year-old if he stays healthy. DeGrom has run six races and only allowed four deserved runs.
Shohei Ohtani is back for the Angels a day after his 19th home run of the season.
Ohtani homered for the second straight day in an 8-4 loss in Oakland. He also set himself up properly against the shift for an individual and then stole his team-leading 10th base.
Ohtani is 2-1 with a 2.85 ERA in nine starts for Los Angeles, 68 in 47 1/3 innings. The right-hander will be the home game against Detroit, fresh from a three-game sweep in Kansas City.
VIEW FROM THE HILL
Tampa Bay Lefty Rich Hill makes its final start before the Major League Baseball ban on harsh substances goes into effect.
41-year-old Hill (5-2, 3.38 ERA) plays in Seattle.
On Wednesday, Hill said the players’ union “dropped the ball” when it came to the MLB’s announcement this week about the new policy. MLB said pitchers will be ejected and banned for 10 games starting Monday for using illegal foreign substances to treat baseballs.
“I think that’s because of the PA, the players’ association,” he said. “I think something should have been done here. The players association has had the opportunity to work with the MLB and the MLB has used their strong hand to help the players and it is unfortunate that it happened. ”
San Diego’s right-handed Joe Musgrove (4-6, 2.50) and Cincinnati’s left-handed Wade Miley (6-4, 2.92) clash in a showdown of the pitchers who threw no-hitters this season. Musgrove threw the first no-hitter of the season on April 9, also the first in the history of the Padres franchise. Miley had the fourth of the season on May 7th.
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