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Morning Mound Visit: Carlos Rodón throws no-hitter

Or a toe-hitter; Moving the mound back; Astros lose several players

Cleveland Indians v Chicago White Sox Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

Brett Ballantini | South Side Sox: Carlos Rodón tossed the 20th no-hitter in White Sox history on Wednesday night. Rodón retired the first 25 batters he faced, but lost his perfect game bid when he hit Roberto Pérez in the toe with a backfoot slider.

Anthony Castrovince | MLB.com: The Atlantic League will experiment with two new rules in the upcoming 2021 season. The first will be limiting the use of the designated hitter. Teams will only have access to the DH when their starting pitcher is in the game. The second is that the mound will be moved back a foot to 61 feet, 6 inches.

Jake Kaplan | The Athletic $: The Astros placed five players on the IL Wednesday. These five players were Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Martín Maldonado, and Robel García. None were confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. Lance McCullers Jr., who started Wednesday’s game, was “sick as a dog.” The pitcher received a vaccination does a few days ago, but it wasn’t confirmed if he was dealing with side effects from the shot. McCullers also said that he wasn’t sure why the Astros even played and expressed frustration that there appear to be different rules for who has to play through it and who postpones games.

Quick Hits

Justin Turner hit a home run into a guy’s nachos.

The play before Pérez’s toe ended Rodón’s no-hitter, José Abreu kept it alive with his toe.

Bo Bichette capped a 3-for-5 day with a walk-off homer against the Yankees. This was Bichette’s second homer of the day.