Marlins’ Volquez follows no-hitter with 7 scoreless innings

Edinson Volquez followed his no-hitter by pitching seven scoreless innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday night.

Volquez (3-7) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two while winning his third straight start. He helped the Marlins win for the ninth time in 12 games and raised his career record to 4-0 against the Pirates, a team he pitched for in 2013.

Volquez has allowed only one run in 22 innings during his streak, including a no-hitter last Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the first of his 13-year career. He was winless in his first nine starts after being signed to a two-year, $22-million contract in the offseason to help fill the void left by the death of ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident last September.

Derek Dietrich and Christian Yelich both had three hits, including two doubles, for the Marlins and J.T. Realmuto and Tyler Moore added two hits each.

Volquez’s bid to become the second pitcher in baseball history to throw back-to-back no-hitters ended just two batters into Thursday night’s game when Josh Harrison had a bunt single down the third-base line.

Johnny Vander Meer remains the only pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters, doing so in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.

Harrison doubled in the sixth to end a string of 12 straight batters retired by Volquez.

The Pirates, who lost their third straight, avoided a shutout in the ninth inning when Josh Bell had a run-scoring groundout.

Gerrit Cole (3-6) was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings as his struggles continued. He is 1-2 with a 10.73 ERA in his four starts, giving up 23 runs and 39 hits in 19 1/3 innings.

Dietrich capped a three-run first inning with a two-run double. The Marlins chased Cole in the fifth with five consecutive two-out singles that produced three runs and increased the lead to 7-0.

WHO’S THE CLOSER?

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wasn’t ready to say whether Tony Watson will remain the closer after the left-hander blew ninth-inning leads both Tuesday and Wednesday in losses at Baltimore. Watson has allowed multiple earned runs in five of last 10 appearances, raising his ERA to 4.44 from 1.92.

BULLPEN SHUFFLE

The Pirates recalled right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis. Righty Johnny Barbato was optioned to the same club.

Neverauskas became the first Lithuanian-born pitcher to appear in a major league game April 24 when he worked one inning against the Chicago Cubs.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (right shoulder bursitis) made his first rehab start Thursday since going on the DL on May 17, pitching four innings for high Class A Jupiter and giving up three runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. . LHP Justin Nicolino (left finger contusion) is scheduled to make a rehab start June 13 for a team to be determined then rejoin the rotation.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (testicular cancer) will have his next step determined Friday. Taillon made his third rehab start Wednesday, pitching six innings for Indianapolis and allowing five runs.

UP NEXT

Marlins RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 6.59 ERA) will pitch Friday night against Pirates rookie RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-5, 6.97). Worley has worked just a combined 12 2/3 innings in his three starts since being called up May 20 from Triple-A New Orleans. Glasnow has lost his last two outings, allowing nine runs in 10 innings.

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AP source: Jeb Bush no longer interested in buying Marlins

MIAMI (AP) — A person close to the negotiations says former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is no longer interested in buying the Miami Marlins and has ended his participation in sales talks.

The person confirmed Bush’s decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Marlins have not commented on the status of the discussions. Bush led a group that included former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who may still explore a bid with other investors.

The person confirming Bush’s decision didn’t give a reason but said Bush and Jeter remain great friends.

Earlier this month, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Bush’s group was relatively even in its price offer with another group led by businessman Tagg Romney, son of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Former MLB player Otis Nixon reported missing

Police in an Atlanta suburb are appealing for help finding former Major League Baseball player Otis Nixon, who went missing Saturday.

Nixon, 58, was last seen leaving his home in Woodstock, Georgia, Saturday morning to play golf, authorities said.

“He left for a tee time at a local golf course, but never arrived,” Woodstock police said in a post on Facebook.

Nixon was reported missing by his girlfriend Sunday afternoon, Woodstock Police Department spokeswoman Brittany Duncan told CNN.

Duncan said there was no evidence of foul play and that she was unaware of any medical issues for Nixon.

Driving a gray Range Rover

Nixon is described as wearing a black long sleeve shirt, black sweatpants, and a black baseball cap, with black Adidas shoes with white stripes.

Police said he was driving a 2011 gray Range Rover with GA tag CFP9010.

Any sightings should be reported to 911, Woodstock Police Department said.

Originally from Evergreen, North Carolina, Nixon began his Major League Baseball career playing with the New York Yankees in 1983.

According to the Braves — for whom he played in 1991-93 and in his final major season in 1999 — Nixon stole more bases in the 1990s than any other ballplayer.

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Jose Fernandez’s girlfriend, daughter featured in People magazine

The baby girl of late Miami Marlins player Jose Fernandez, Penelope “Jo” Fernandez, is featured in a People magazine article, along with her mother, and Fernandez’s girlfriend, Maria Arias.

In the article, Arias says Fernandez loved his daughter “from the moment she was conceived.”

The Marlins superstar died in a boating accident in September with two other men, just weeks after learning he’d be having a baby girl.

Arias said between funerals, memorials and investigations, all she wanted to do was” lock myself in our room and be alone.”

Last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission released its final report into the boating crash off Miami Beach, which determined Fernandez was the operator of the boat.

The details listed are gruesome and heartbreaking.

But Arias said she’s focused on her baby, who was born Feb. 24.

She keeps  a piece of Fernandez’s clothing and had it on when the baby girl was handed to her.

“I will forever talk about him. I will never let his memory die. I will always keep him alive, no matter how much that hurts me. Because she deserves that from me, and from all of us,” she said. 

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How the Red Sox stadium upgrade revamped Boston neighborhood

It’s one of the most enduring symbols of baseball in America — if not in the world.

Opened in 1912, Fenway Park stands in the heart of Boston and has been home to the Boston Red Sox, the city’s Major League Baseball team, ever since.

For years, the sporting ground hosted countless games. It’s where the Red Sox won the World Series in 1918.

They went on to win multiple World Series, but didn’t have another victory in their home ground at Fenway Park until almost a century later in 2013.

Located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood — known as “The Fenway” — it has become major sporting landmark, attracting baseball fans worldwide.

But when ownership of the Red Sox was transferred from the Jean R. Yawkey Trust to magnates John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino at the turn of the millennium, it became clear that the sports ground was urgently in need of a revamp.

“When we arrived in 2002, major investment was needed — in terms of water issues, structural issues, seating capacity issues, player amenity issues,” Sam Kennedy, president of the Red Sox, tells CNN.

They were faced with a tough dilemma: should they tear the stadium down, or save and improve it?

They decided to give the iconic grounds an expensive upgrade.

“$300 million is a lot of money, but it needed to be invested,” Kennedy tells CNN.

The transformation

In 2006, the revamp of Fenway Park began.

New seating, as well as clubhouses for premium ticket holders, were added. A series of renovations from 2002 onwards means capacity has been increased to 37,731.

An exciting addition was made to the iconic “Green Monster” — a 37 feet (11.3 meters) high wall that functions as a target for right-handed baseball players.

Where there once stood a net to catch home run balls, seats were added, creating a unique view of America’s most beloved ballpark.

The grounds were also adapted to host other sporting events and concerts — rock gods Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones have graced the venue, with Lady Gaga set to perform in September.

In 2016, Fenway Park saw 2,955,434 visitors to Red Sox games alone — an 11.5% rise from 2002.

Revival of an area

The revamp didn’t simply mean a new lease on life for the sports ground — it had a far-reaching effect on the Fenway area, too.

“Once we committed to staying, businesses, developers, city planners knew there would continue to be three million people coming into this neighborhood each and every baseball season,” Kennedy says.

Steve Samuels, who helms real estate development firm Samuels & Associates, is building a luxury condo in The Fenway — a 32-story tower named Pierce Boston.

The developer has been actively building in the area for almost two decades — though the unveiling of this luxury residence is a sign of the times.

“With the Fenway’s transformation into a thriving hub for people to live, work, and play, and the public’s enthusiastic response to what we’ve created, we felt that now was the time to offer people a place to purchase a luxury product,” Samuels tells CNN.

Before Samuels began developing the Fenway in 1999 — just a few years before major revamps began at Fenway Park — the area mainly consisted of “fast food joints and car repair shops”, he says.

There was already a residential community in place, he says, but there weren’t lifestyle amenities like dining options.

These are integral to “establishing and solidifying a neigborhood”.

“When we first got started, there wasn’t anybody else investing in the neighborhood in a meaningful way,” he adds.

“Part of that was just the logistics of compiling all the parcels of land — we had to piece it all together to make it work. And there was also a sense that people didn’t appreciate the potential of the area that has now been realized.”

Rise in value

Piece Boston, which is set to open in 2018, has already sold 50% of its units at an average cost of $1,600 per square meter.

The median sales price of a property in Fenway-Kenmore have risen from $305,000 in April 2011 to $710,000 in April 2015, according to online real estate resource Trulia.

The annual number of overseas visitors to Boston between 2005/2006 and 2015 increased by 61.4%, according to the US National Travel and Tourism Office.

“The changes they implemented have complemented what we already created in the area over the past 18 years,” Samuels says.

In with the old

Amid such rapid development, Samuels is conscious of preserving the fabric of the neighborhood.

Instead of tearing down old buildings and replacing them with soulless office units, many of his ventures are run out of restored buildings.

Casual eatery Tasty Burger, for example, is housed in an old gas station.

“Glitz is actually not a word that we want to associate with the Fenway. In fact, I’d say we are the opposite of glitz,” Samuels tells CNN.

“We’ve worked really hard to keep the history and character of the neighborhood … and celebrate the roots that were already here.”

With so much development underway he thinks the Fenway is becoming a “new hub for startups in Boston”.

“We are encouraged by all the great business putting down roots in the area.”

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