Maeda loses no-no in 9th
Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda lost his no-hit bid when the Brewers’ Eric Sogard led off the ninth inning with a soft single to center field Tuesday in Minneapolis.
The ball fell just beyond the reach of leaping shortstop Jorge Polanco, and Maeda bent at the waist and grinned as he watched the ball bounce in the outfield grass.
Maeda’s bid included a club-record eight consecutive strikeouts — he finished with 12 — and Sogard’s hit came on his 115th and final pitch of the night, the most thrown by a pitcher during the pandemic-shortened season.
The Twins led 3-0 going to the ninth, but the Brewers tied the score against closer Taylor Rogers after Maeda departed.
Reds-Royals postponed for virus testing
The Reds-Royals game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City was postponed and will be played as part of a doubleheader Wednesday so that the Reds could do additional testing after a player tested positive for COVID-19 last weekend.
The final two games of the Reds’ home series Saturday and Sunday against the Pirates were postponed.
Yanks finally lose at Yankee Stadium
Brandon Lowe hit a three-run home run — his fifth round-tripper in his last six games — and the Rays handed the Yankees their first loss in 11 games at Yankee Stadium with a 6-3 victory. Luke Voit homered for the Yankees, whose six-game winning streak ended.
Indians’ Francona out after surgery
The Indians said manager Terry Francona will miss the team’s three-game series against the Pirates, which began Tuesday, to have surgery for a gastrointestinal issue. He missed seven games this month with the ailment.
Braves’ Markakis on coronavirus IL
The Braves put outfielder Nick Markakis on the COVID-19 injured list after he was potentially exposed to the virus. Markakis opted out of the season during summer camp before changing his mind and returning.