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Morning Mound Visit: John Means throws no-hitter

Means mean to Mariners; Royal clankmitts; Damn, Yankees

Baltimore Orioles v Seattle Mariners Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

Paul Folkemer | Camden Chat: John Means threw the Orioles first no-hitter since 1991 and the first by an individual pitcher since 1969. Means was one batter away from a perfect game but lost it to a dropped third strike.

Matthew LaMar | Royals Review: The Kansas City Royals have one of the better records in baseball, but this success has come in spite of poor infield defense. Carlos Santana, Whit Merrifield, Nicky Lopez, and Hunter Dozier headline an infield that ranks last in MLB.

Joshua Diemert | Pinstripe Alley: The Yankees have finally (expectedly?) put things together and that’s thanks to three dominant performances from members of the pitching staff. Gerrit Cole has been excellent in new, exciting ways, Johnathan Loaisiga is throwing his changeup with more confidence, and Aroldis Chapman is still striking out everyone he faces.

Quick Hits

Tony La Russa was unaware that if a pitcher were to be the “ghost runner” in extras, the preceding batter in the lineup could take their place.

Anthony Rizzo capped off a sweep of the Dodgers with a walk-off hit to end a back-and-forth ballgame.

Shohei Ohtani lowered his ERA to 2.41 with a 5 inning, 7 strikeout (and 6 walk, lol) performance. Oh, and he did this.