Thursday, July 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians' first no-hitter since 1981 last night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis' glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. For the third straight night, the Indians took a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Rays. This time, Carrasco retired the first 19 batters before walking Butler with one out in the seventh.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 yesterday to take their interleague series. Johnny Cueto made his best start yet since returning from a sore elbow. He allowed four hits in eight innings. The game started 12 hours after the Twins' 8-5 win on Tuesday night following a long weather delay. Cincinnati took two of three in the series.
UNDATED (AP) — Kevin Love is staying in Cleveland and it's going to be for the long term. Love issued a statement through The Players Tribune yesterday announcing that he would be returning to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Love will get a five-year max contract worth more than $110 million.
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Iman Shumpert has agreed to terms on a four-year, $40 million contract that will keep him in Cleveland. Shumpert came to the Cavaliers with J.R. Smith in a trade midseason with the New York Knicks. Shumpert's perimeter defense helped LeBron James take an injury plagued team to the NBA Finals.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Artem Anisimov, one day after they acquired the center in a seven-player trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks got Anisimov, forwards Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp, and a fourth-round selection in the 2016 draft from the Blue Jackets for forwards Brandon Saad and Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta.