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Apr 22

A's lefty Manaea pitches no-hitter vs streaking Red Sox

Sean Manaea might’ve been the only person at the Oakland Coliseum who didn’t realize he was still working on a no-hitter.

After a dropped popup in the fifth inning, the Athletics lefty figured it was over.

“I didn’t even think about it until I looked up in the seventh or eighth,” Manaea said, “and I was like, ‘Oh my God, why is there still a zero on there?’”

Because it was ruled an error. And because his shot at history remained intact.

Manaea became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against Boston in almost exactly 25 years, with an overturned call on the bases preserving the gem Saturday night in Oakland’s 3-0 win over the sizzling Red Sox.

Manaea struck out 10, walked two and threw 108 pitches to finish off Oakland’s first no-no since Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2010.

Manaea got Hanley Ramirez to ground out to complete the first no-hitter versus the Red Sox since Seattle’s Chris Bosio did it on April 22, 1993.

“I just telling myself, keep everything the same, and not let anything get too big for me,” Manaea said.

Boston looked as if it had a hit with two outs in the sixth at the Oakland Coliseum. Andrew Benintendi hit a grounder to the right side, tried to dodge a tag by first baseman Matt Olson and was called safe.

Benintendi ran onto the grass in foul territory to get around Olson. The umpires then conferred and, without going to replay, ruled Benintendi was out for going wide of the baseline.

“Do I agree with it? No,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It is what it is.”

Said Benintendi: “It’s just a missed call.”

“I think if we have 10 hits at that point, that’s a single. But the situation the game was in, they might have been searching for something and they found it,” Benintendi said.

Crew chief Brian Gorman said the umps reached their decision “pretty fast.”

“If he goes more than 3 feet avoiding the tag, he’s declared out,” Gorman told a pool reporter. “He was more than 3 feet away.”

Sandy Leon reached in the Red Sox fifth when A’s shortstop Marcus Semien ranged into shallow center field and dropped a popup trying to make an over-the-shoulder catch. The play was scored as an error.

“I was running back and I heard (center fielder Mark) Canha was yelling, ‘Marcus, Marcus,’ and I thought he said, ‘I got it,’” Semien said, “but I still think I should’ve caught the ball.”

“Usually I don’t want to make errors, but in that situation you take the error,” he said.

In Manaea’s mind, it was a single.

“I just thought it was a hit, so from there until the eighth or ninth, I thought it was just a one-hitter,” Manaea said.

A few innings later, he noticed what everybody else already knew — no-hitter in progress.

“So after that, my adrenaline started pumping a little bit again, and I really wanted to finish this thing out,” he said.

Manaea (3-2) had been battered by Boston in three previous starts, going 1-2 with a 13.50 ERA.

But the 26-year-old cooled off a Red Sox team that had won eight in a row and 17 of 18. Boston began the game with a major league-best .293 batting average.

“Congratulations Sean Manaea, you were really good tonight bro,” Ramirez tweeted.

Manaea retired 14 straight batters after walking Mookie Betts leading off the game.

A lot of Red Sox fans were in the announced crowd of 25,746, and many rose to their feet when Manaea took the mound in the ninth.

Betts hit a ball to the warning track with one out in the ninth. After Benintendi walked with two outs on a full count, Ramirez hit a grounder to Semien for an easy force play at second.

“My heart was beating out of my chest and I was trying to do everything I could (to stay calm),” Manaea said before he was interrupted by teammates who smeared celebratory shaving cream in his face, dumped water and Gatorade on his head and left him with a plastic bubble gum tub for a hat.

Drafted by Kansas City, he was traded to Oakland in July 2015 in a deal for Ben Zobrist. Manaea had shoulder problems last season that landed him on the disabled list and limited his effectiveness.

“I’ve caught a lot of great pitchers in this game,” A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. “I have eight years in the (majors) and that was most well-pitched, well-executed game I’ve ever had behind the plate.”

“I mean, they were all messed over there, they had no idea,” he said.

It was the 12th no-hitter by the Athletics franchise and the 12th thrown against the Red Sox.

This was the first no-hitter in the majors since Miami’s Edinson Volquez pitched the only one of the 2017 season against Arizona on June 3.

Chris Sale (1-1) struck out 10 and gave up three runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings.

STAT STUFF

Manaea pitched his first complete game in 58 big league starts. He improved to 22-21 in his three-season career.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts (left ankle) will play for Triple-A Pawtucket on a rehab assignment on Tuesday and Wednesday. If all goes well he’ll be activated when the team opens a six-game homestand on Friday, Cora said. . RHP Steven Wright (left knee surgery) left a rehab game at Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday with back tightness. . RHP Tyler Thornburg (right shoulder surgery), who’s at the team’s extended spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida, will join the team on Friday and could throw batting practice, Cora said.

Athletics: RHP Yusmeiro Petit was activated from the family emergency list on Saturday. . RHP Josh Lucas was sent to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move. … RHP Paul Blackburn (right forearm strain) threw on flat ground for a second straight day on Saturday, but the A’s haven’t established a timetable for his return, manager Bob Melvin said.

UP NEXT

LHP David Price (2-1, 2.25 ERA) will pitch for Boston in Sunday’s series finale. RHP Daniel Mengden (2-2, 4.50) will pitch for Oakland.

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Apr 21

Why did SGA decide to declare for the NBA draft?

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – So far, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is one of three wildcats who have declared for the NBA draft AND announced they’ll be hiring an agent.

This effectively ends their college career.

On Friday night, SGA was out at Allsports at Fayette Mall.

If you missed him, you can find a full schedule of his tour here.

So why did SGA decide to leave?

Check out the video for what helped him make that decision.

 

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Apr 21

“We’re really playing some consistent football.”

MOREHEAD, Ky (WTVQ) – Spring football is winding down for college football programs around the area, including Morehead State.

On Saturday, the Eagles held their spring game.

Thanks to some help from mother nature, head coach Rob Tenyer says spring was a success.

Check out the video for what he had to say.

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Apr 21

“We have to be more efficient.”

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ) – When the final horn sounded for the UK Blue-White Scrimmage, it seemed like neither quarterback really distanced himself from the other.

There are four guys competing for the QB job, but it seems to be a two-man race between Terry Wilson and Gunnar Hoak.

Hoak was the only one who threw for a touchdown between the two, but Wilson threw for more yards although he did one have interception.

If there’s one thing Offensive Coordinator Eddie Gran is wanting to fix, it’s their efficiency.

Check out the video for what he had to say.

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Apr 21

Man arrested for fighting deputy

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says a man accused of trying to attack an off duty deputy is now behind bars.

According to the sheriff, the deputy was working security for Hickory Hills Apartments Friday night when he found 26-year-old Damon Johnson from Louisville intoxicated in a grassy area between two buildings.

Johnson reportedly gave him a false name and information.

Then the deputy tried to arrest him for public intoxication and Johnson is accused of trying to fight the deputy.

Frankfort police officers came to help.

They say they found Xanax pills and a small bag of weed on him.

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Apr 21

Man airlifted after mobile home fire

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- A man had to be airlifted to UK Hospital Friday after a fire at a Laurel County mobile home.

According to Lily Fire and Rescue, crews found the man unconscious in the home when they got there around 12:30 PM.

Firefighters say after that they got the fire knocked down quickly.

They’re still trying to figure out how it started, though they believe it was accidental.

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Apr 21

Police looking for armed robbery suspect

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-Police are still looking for a man accused of robbing a Lexington store with a knife.

Officers say it happened around a quarter to nine Saturday at the Dollar General on North Broadway near Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Police say a man ordered customers to stand against a wall, used a knife to threaten two employees then ran away with cash.

He was last seen wearing gloves, a camouflage mask, sunglasses, and a grey hoodie.

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Apr 21

Bottles thrown at officers at Keeneland

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- It was the perfect day Saturday to enjoy some horse racing at Keeneland, but some people abused it, according to police.

Officers say they made at least five arrests there Saturday afternoon near the tailgating area.

At first, police were arresting one person for underage drinking.

Officers say a large crowd didn’t like that and started throwing bottles at them.

The other people arrested face a variety of charges such as disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

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Apr 21

Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who randomly stabbed a patron in a crowded Southern California restaurant to death as he was holding his daughter was reported just a few hours earlier for disruptive behavior, but police ultimately determined he was not a threat, authorities said Saturday.

Jamal Jackson, 49, is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 35-year-old Anthony Mele. He was being held in Ventura County jail on a $1.5 million bail. It was unclear if Jackson, who is also a convicted felon, had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Mele and his wife were eating dinner with their 5-year-old daughter Wednesday at Aloha Steakhouse in the seaside city of Ventura. The girl was sitting on her father’s lap when prosecutors say Jackson walked up and stabbed Mele in the neck.

Prosecutor Richard Simon said customers and a restaurant employee followed Jackson out of the restaurant, even though he still had the knife. They kept track of him until Ventura police arrived and arrested him.

Mele was taken to a hospital and died Thursday after being taken off life support.

“It’s horrible,” Simon said. “You don’t think you’re going to be killed when you go out to dinner at a nice restaurant with your family and you didn’t do anything.”

Simon said the two men had not interacted before the attack.

“He was just sitting there with his daughter in his lap,” Simon said. “You’re not supposed to die that way.”

Mele’s loved ones started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for a funeral and to support his wife and daughter.

Mele’s Facebook page was filled with photos of his daughter and said he was a manager at an AT&T store.

Police confirmed that a bystander reported a man – who turned out to be Jackson – for disruptive behavior several hours before the stabbing.

According to the bystander, a man was yelling on the promenade not far from the beachside restaurant about three hours before the attack.

Patrol officers were out on other calls so command center staff monitored the man via a pier security camera system for more than 20 minutes before deciding he didn’t seem to be a threat, police said.

Police are asking anyone who spoke with Jackson during that time to contact investigators in the city 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.

Jackson also had half a dozen contacts with police in Ventura since the beginning of the year, including an arrest after a physical fight at a park, said Commander Tom Higgins.

He was also stopped on March 31 after a passer-by reported he was brandishing a knife. Police searched his bag and found a knife but there was no victim so no charge was filed, Higgins said.

Jackson has a lengthy rap sheet including charges in San Bernardino County, Higgins said, as well as convictions for burglary and unlawful sexual intercourse dating back to the 1990s.

The killing prompted the Ventura City Council to increase police patrols in the area and add staff members to monitor security cameras, among other measures.

“We are extremely disheartened and infuriated by this criminal attack,” Mayor Neal Andrews said in a statement. “We will not tolerate this in our community. Nothing is more important than the safety of our visitors, residents and businesses.”

If convicted, Jackson faces up to 55 years in prison.

Associated Press writer Amy Taxin in Santa Ana, California, contributed to this report.

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Apr 21

Rain returns late Sunday after a mainly dry weekend

It has been a beautiful day with temperatures in the upper 60s and low 70s with sunshine. Clouds have been increasing this evening and will continue to build overnight. Temperatures tonight will stay around average and in the mid 40s. Temperatures look to warm back into the upper 60s Sunday under mostly cloudy skies. The day will mainly be dry; however, southwestern counties may see isolated rain showers by the evening. Most rain activity will move in after midnight and continue into your Monday. Temperatures Sunday night will stay around 50 degrees with wind gusts around 25 mph. Scattered rain is expected through the day Monday with highs around 60 degrees. Rain continues Tuesday with highs in the low 60s. Isolated showers are possible Wednesday through Friday with highs in the low 60s.

-Meteorologist Elise Dolinar

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