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Hot Button: Almost perfect … Petrus dies … Oilers get Neal

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ALMOST PERFECT

Saturday, 12:56 a.m.: Mike Leake took a perfect game into the ninth inning for his Mariners and had it broken up on a grounder by Angels rookie Luis Rengifo, the first batter he faced in the final frame. The Angels are fresh on the heels of a pretty special no-hitter of their own, and managed to stay out of the other side of history with the single. Rengifo's hit had an expected batting average of .140 after Mike Trout 10-0was robbed on a hit with a line out that had an expected average of .770. Baseball. Is. Weird. Man. Regardless, M's win in one-hit fashion, . -- Sunday

PETRUS DIES 

Friday, 11:19 p.m.: Former Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus has passed away at 32 after suffering a heat stroke in Arkansas. He was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2011. That season, he made the first three starts of his career and six regular-season appearances total before appearing in all four postseason games. -- Hunter 

OILERS GET NEAL

Friday, 7:38 p.m.: The Oilers acquired James Neal from the Flames. Perhaps playing alongside Connor McDavid will re-energize his career? -- Hunter 

BOONE SUSPENDED

Friday, 5:47 p.m.: Yankees manager Aaron Boone was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Baseball on Friday, day after he made contact with rookie home plate umpire Brennan Miller during a profanity-laced tirade in a game against the Rays. Boone was angered when Brett Gardner was called out on strikes during the second inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Bench coach Josh Bard will serve as acting manager Friday night when the Yankees host the Rockies -- Perrotto

SPROLES RE-SIGNS

Friday, 5:39 p.m.: The Eagles and Darren Sproles agreed to terms on a one-year deal today.

Fun fact: Sproles is 36 years old. I legitimately thought I read that backward when I Googled it. Feels way closer to 63. -- Hunter 

WILSON-FRAME TO BELGIUM

Jared Wilson-Frame, Pitt basketball's second-leading scorer this past season at 12.7 points per game, has signed with Limburg United in Belgium to continue his career professionally. -- DK

TIGER, PHIL MISS CUT

Friday, 1:30 p.m.: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have competed in the same major golf championship 83 times and Friday at the British Open in Ireland marked the first time that neither of them made the cut.


STRASBURG CAN HIT

Friday, 11:30 a.m.: Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg makes his money by throwing the baseball, but Thursday night in Atlanta he showed he can bash it too. Strasburg started Washington's eight-run third inning with a single, then capped the inning by belting a 420-foot, three-run home run. Then in the fifth he delivered a two-run single and finished the night 3 for 3 with five RBIs.

The Elias Sports Bureau said Strasburg was just the fifth pitcher in the past 50 years to record two hits in one inning, including a home run, and the first since Edwin Jackson did it in 2010. With Strasburg's final box score line, he joined Micah Owings of the Diamiondbacks in 2007 as the only pitchers since the DH began in 1973 to have a game with a home run, at least three hits and five RBIs. -- Barger


HILL VERDICT 

Friday, 10:01 a.m.: The NFL will neither suspend nor fine Tyreek Hill. He is free to join the Chiefs for camp and will not miss any time this season. Read the league's full statement below. -- Hunter 

SO IT BEGINS... 

Friday, 9:50 a.m.: It's time. HBO is currently filming Hard Knocks, featuring the Oakland Raiders. Antonio Brown. Vontaze BurfictJon Gruden. Say what you will about any or all of those names, but this is going to be fun. That's a fact. -- Hunter 

KINGHAM DFA'd...AGAIN

Thursday, 1:40 p.m.: The Blue Jays have announced that they have designated Nick Kingham for assignment. After a rough go of things with the Pirates in 2019, Kingham landed with the Blue Jays after receiving that same designation earlier in the year. Kingham pitched 18 innings for that club across 10 games. His ERA was a manageable 3.50, but the underlying metrics -- namely, a 5.94 FIP / 1.611 WHIP -- told a different tale. It also didn't help that he was only striking out 6 batters per nine while walking 3.5 per. - Rollison

ROBO-EJECTION 

Wednesday, 3:49 p.m.: Well, this didn't take long. Former All-Star and 1988 AL Cy Young winner Frank Viola was recently ejected from a game ... for arguing with the newly implemented robot umpires.

He talked about it all here:

I mean. He has a point. Despite being a huge fan of this technology myself, I expect more growing pains like this moving forward. -- Hunter

 

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