MLB Notes: Verlander exits after no-hit bid

MLB Notes: Verlander exits after no-hit bid
July 14, 2013, 3:45 pm
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DETROIT -- Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander left Sunday's game against the Texas Rangers with a tight right quad muscle, shortly after having his no-hit bid broken up in the seventh inning.

Verlander had already been replaced on the American League All-Star team by Baltimore's Chris Tillman. Under baseball's labor contract, pitchers who start on the Sunday before the All-Star game may opt not to participate.

Verlander held the Rangers without a hit until Mitch Moreland's double to right-center with two outs in the seventh. He retired Elvis Andrus for the third out of that inning and then came out of the game.

He fell seven outs short of his third career no-hitter.

- The Associated Press

Report: A-Rod could reach deal with MLB
Alex Rodriguez, one of the subjects in the MLB investigation of Biogenesis, could potentially reach a plea bargain with MLB, according to the New York Daily News.

The Yankees' third baseman is currently rehabbing at Single A Tampa but could be facing heavy suspensions, along with Ryan Braun and others players who allegedly received performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch.

However, following a rehab start for Tampa on Sunday, Rodriguez denied the reports (see full story).

Under MLB's Joint Drug Agreement players should be suspended 50 games for their first violation, 100 games for a second and banned for life following a third.

Dodgers: Puig sits again
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig is out of the starting lineup for the second straight day because of a sore left hip.

Manager Don Mattingly says he could use Puig in Sunday's game against Colorado if needed, but he'd like to let the Cuban star rest if possible.

Sunday's game was the third in which Puig didn't start since being called up from Double-A Chattanooga on June 3. He was held out of the lineup on Saturday while still nursing the hip injury that was the result of him crashing into the outfield wall at Colorado on July 3.

He only played three innings on Friday night.

Puig is hitting .392 with 19 RBI and eight homers in 37 games with the Dodgers.

- The Associated Press

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