Justin Verlander and Kenta Maeda both took no-hitters into the sixth inning, but only Verlander was able to keep his outstanding performance going as the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Sunday in Detroit.
Verlander (9-8) allowed a home run to Curtis Granderson in the sixth. But shortly after his no-hit bid ended, the Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the inning against Maeda. The Los Angeles right-hander retired the first 15 Detroit batters before allowing five hits in the sixth.
The homer by Granderson was one of only two hits off Verlander. He walked one and struck out nine in eight innings.
Maeda (11-5) was pulled after the sixth inning and lost for the first time in seven starts.
The Tigers snapped a six-game skid and halted a six-game winning streak by the Dodgers.
Umpires end protest
Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called “abusive player behavior” after Commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union’s governing board.
Most umpires wore white wristbands during Saturday’s games after Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez. Kinsler said Tuesday that Hernandez was a bad umpire and “just needs to go away.”
The World Umpires Association announced in a series of tweets that Manfred had proposed a meeting to discuss its concerns.
“To demonstrate our good faith, MLB Umpires will remove the protest white wrist bands pending the requested meeting,” the organization posted on Twitter.
Kinsler was ejected by Hernandez last Monday in Texas after being called out on strikes. The next day, Kinsler sharply criticized Hernandez, saying the umpire was “messing” with games “blatantly.”
“No, I’m surprised at how bad an umpire he is. … I don’t know how, for as many years he’s been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line,” Kinsler said.
Kinsler was fined, but the umpires’ union felt he should have been suspended.
“The Office of the Commissioner’s lenient treatment to abusive player behavior sends the wrong message to players and managers. It’s `open season’ on umpires, and that’s bad for the game,” the WUA said in a release on Saturday.
Rivera joins Cubs
Veteran catcher Rene Rivera joined the Chicago Cubs and was in the starting lineup for their series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The N.L. Central leaders were awarded Rivera on a waiver claim from the New York Mets on Saturday. Rookie catcher Victor Caratini was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday to make room on the 25-man roster.
The Cubs lost catcher Willson Contreras to a hamstring injury on Aug. 9. They got Alex Avila in a trade with Detroit last month, but the acquisition of Rivera gives them more insurance at the position.
The 34-year-old Rivera is known for his defensive skills. He hit .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games with New York.
Red Sox commend Remy
The Boston Red Sox are honoring former second baseman Jerry Remy for his 30 years in the broadcast booth.
Remy was recently diagnosed with cancer for the fifth time and is scheduled to begin chemotherapy this week.
Remy was presented with an oversized glove by current second baseman Dustin Pedroia and received other gifts from the team. He thanked his family and singled out some of the broadcasters and crew with whom he worked. He said he was confident he would be back in the booth next year to see the Red Sox raise another World Series banner.
Remy played 10 seasons in the majors, the last seven in Boston. He was an All-Star in 1978, his first year with the Red Sox.
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