Who threw a no-hitter?! While Corey Kluber was dealing in Cleveland last night, a Columbus Clippers starter broke history. Tyler Cloyd, a 27-year-old claimed off waivers last October from Philadelphia, threw the first no-hitter in Huntington Park history. Cloyd struck out six and his lone blemish was a hit-by-pitch in the ninth inning. He is now 9-5 with a 3.91 ERA in 22 games this season.
Love the emotion: USA Today’s Sam Amick has his latest on Kevin Love and the All-Star’s future status with Team USA. Here’s the money quote from Team USA’s Bryan Colangelo (emphasis added by me):
“Team or teams, trade or no trade, he’s in a position where he had to say no and I respect that,” Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. “I mean the guy almost cried on the phone when he told me he couldn’t play. He was really down. So can I be upset with him? No, of course not.”
Life after the PD: Fantastic work by Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon, Kristen Hare, Sam Kirkland and Benjamin Mullin. They interviewed dozens of journalists affected by the July 2013 layoffs at the Plain Dealer and asked them about their lives today. This was great journalism.
Other news bits: ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio got excited about a man having a beer on his mandatory day off from work. The Philadelphia 76ers don’t want to change to the lottery system until they’re done tanking. Grantland’s Zach Lowe’s article on Kyle Korver is great. And over at Nylon Calculus, I called Kevin Garnett was one of the transformative offensive players of this generation.
Trade news: Just as I’m about to post this, it appears the Boston Red Sox have traded Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes to the Oakland A’s for Yoenis Cespedes. That’s a monster trade that gives Oakland by far the most dangerous pitching staff in baseball.
Lester, 30, is one of the best pitchers in baseball having a career season and is a free agent after making $13 million this year. Gomes, 33, is a decent utility outfielder having a down year, but is returning to Oakland where he had a great season in 2012. Cespedes, 28, is likely to become a free agent after 2015 and is making $10.5 million this season.
Oakland’s current rotation now includes Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Jeff Samardzija and Lester. They also have various other options in Tommy Milone, Dan Straily and former Indians prospect Drew Pomeranz. It’s maybe a bit head-scratching why they’d trade Cespedes for another starter, but wow.