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Mets add Kevin Pillar in MLB free agency

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The Mets made another upgrade to their outfield, agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent Kevin Pillar on Monday, The Post’s Mike Puma confirmed.

The exact terms of the deal were not immediately known.

The 32-year-old gives the Mets a third option in center, along with Brandon Nimmo and minor league signing Albert Almora Jr. He can also provide some flexibility in left field, where Dom Smith will likely start.

The righty-hitting Pillar has bounced around after seven seasons with the Blue Jays. He hit .308 with two home runs, 13 RBIs and an .801 OPS in 24 games to close 2020 with the Rockies. Pillar began last season with the Red Sox, for whom he hit .274 in 30 games.

The Mets, who missed out on prize free agent centerfielder George Springer, have been looking to improve their outfield this offseason. While Pillar has played mostly in center, he is not the same player he was earlier in his career. But he could also serve as a defensive replacement for Smith in left. He also could start versus lefties, against whom he has a .298/.332/.538 slash line over the past two years.

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‘Messi must follow his heart’ – Out-of-contract star backed to return glory to Barcelona

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'Messi must follow his heart' - Out-of-contract star backed to return glory to Barcelona

Lionel Messi should follow his heart and stay with Barcelona this summer in a bid to restore the Blaugrana to their former glories, according to his former Argentina team-mate Franco Di Santo.

Speculation around Messi’s future continues to swirl, with the mercurial No.10’s contract set to expire at the end of June following his public falling-out with the club’s hierarchy in the summer of 2020.

That means that Saturday’s meeting with Real Madrid at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano would be his last-ever Clasico if he does choose to leave Camp Nou behind.

Goal understands that the 33-year-old is completely ignoring the situation around his future until the end of the season as Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter continue to be linked with his signature.

And former Chelsea striker Di Santo believes that while it would be interesting to see the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in a new setting, he would rather he remained in Catalunya.

What was said?

Speaking exclusively to Goal, Di Santo says: “He deserves respect at Barcelona for all he has won in the club. It is a team game but a big part of their recent history has been about him.

“I don’t think they would have won as much without him. He is the key for everything at Barcelona. And the style of play. He deserves to be respected for what he has won in the last years.

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“It would be great for whoever signs him in the Premier League or Italy. To see him in another context would be cool.

“However, I would like to see him stay in Barcelona to build his legacy.

“If I were him, I would ignore whatever people say and do what my heart says. I would do what’s best for my family and me. Maybe that’s to make Barcelona strong again.”

Is Messi still the world’s best player?

Despite a poor start to the season and the emergence of new stars such as Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland, Messi’s recent form suggests he is not willing to give up his crown as the world’s best player without a fight.

With 16 goals and seven assists in 13 league games since the turn of the year, Messi has led Barca back into the Spanish title race, with Ronald Koeman’s side now just a point behind faltering leaders Atletico Madrid with nine matches still to play.

The Blaugrana have also reached the Copa del Rey final, which is scheduled for April 17 against Athletic Club.

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As such, a domestic double is within Messi’s reach, and Di Santo believes that his recent form suggests he remains at the very top of the world game.

“Even just meeting Messi is amazing because he is our (Argentina’s) other idol along with (Diego) Maradona,” Di Santo adds. “I think with him they are the two best players in our history.

“We have produced so many good players but those two are the best that we have had.

“I think Messi is one of the best players, if not the best, right now. We are always happy to have him in our team. It will be really difficult to see another player like him in the future.”

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The most recent no-hitter for all 30 MLB teams

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The Padres finally have their no-hitter.

They recorded the first one in franchise history on April 9, 2021, as right-hander Joe Musgrove blanked the Rangers 3-0 in Arlington, Texas . Musgrove, a native of nearby El Cajon, Calif., ended the drought after 8,206 games. The franchise debuted in 1969 as a National League expansion club.

Musgrove was a hit batsman away from vying for a perfect game. He nicked Joey Gallo with a pitch in the fourth inning. He walked none and struck out 10 in his first career complete game.  

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There have been more than 215,000 games in MLB history but there have been just over 300 no-hitters thrown, meaning the members of the no-hit club are among some pretty elite company.

No-hitters come in all shapes and sizes, with no two no-nos looking the same. Below you can see every team’s most recent no-hitter, every perfect game and more.

No-hitter vs. perfect game

A perfect game only occurs when the pitcher doesn’t allow a single baserunner in the game, as in 27 batters up and 27 batters down. In a no-hitter baserunners are allowed, by walk, hit by pitch, error and so forth. Every perfect game is a no-hitter, but not every no-hitter is a perfect game.

Postseason no-hitters

In baseball history, there have only been two no-hitters thrown in the postseason.

The first was Don Larsen’s perfect game for the Yankees against the Dodgers on Oct. 8, 1956, in Game 5 of the World Series.

The late, great Hall of Famer Roy Halladay joined Larsen as the second man to throw a no-hitter in the postseason when he no-hit the Cincinnati Reds for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2010 NLDS. 

Most recent no-hitters

Team Pitcher Date Opponent
Arizona Diamondbacks Edwin Jackson June 25, 2010 Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves Kent Mercker April 8, 1994 Los Angeles Dodgers
Baltimore Orioles Combined: Bob Milacki (6 IP)
Mike Flanagan (1 IP)
Mark Williamson (1 IP)
Gregg Olson (1 IP)
July 13, 1991 Oakland Athletics
Boston Red Sox Jon Lester May 19, 2008 Kansas City Royals
Chicago Cubs Alec Mills Sept. 13, 2020 Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago White Sox Lucas Giolito Aug. 25, 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds Homer Bailey July 3, 2013 San Francisco Giants
Cleveland Indians Len Barker May 15, 1981 Toronto Blue Jays
Colorado Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez April 17, 2010 Atlanta Braves
Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander May 7, 2011 Toronto Blue Jays
Houston Astros Justin Verlander Sept. 1, 2019 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals Brett Saberhagen Aug. 26, 1991 Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels Combined: Taylor Cole (2 IP)
Félix Peña (7 IP)
July 12, 2019 Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Dodgers Combined: Walker Buehler (6 IP)
Tony Cingrani (1 IP)
Yimi Garcia (1 IP)
Adam Liberator (1 IP)
May 4, 2018 San Diego Padres
Miami Marlins Edinson Volquez June 3, 2017 Arizona Diamondbacks
Milwaukee Brewers Juan Nieves April 15, 1987 Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins Francisco Liriano May 3, 2011 Chicago White Sox
New York Mets Johan Santana June 1, 2012 St. Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees David Cone July 18, 1999 Montreal Expos
Oakland Athletics Mike Fiers May 7, 2019 Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies Cole Hamels July 25, 2015 Chicago Cubs
Pittsburgh Pirates Combined: Francisco Cordova (9 IP)
Ricardo Rincón (1 IP)
July 12, 1997 Houston Astros
San Diego Padres Joe Musgrove April 9, 2021 Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants Chris Heston June 9, 2015 New York Mets
Seattle Mariners James Paxton May 8, 2018 Toronto Blue Jays
St. Louis Cardinals Bud Smith Sept. 3, 2001 San Diego Padres
Tampa Bay Rays Matt Garza July 26, 2010 Detroit Tigers
Texas Rangers Kenny Rogers July 28, 1994 California Angels
Toronto Blue Jays Dave Stieb Sept. 2, 1990 Cleveland Indians
Washington Nationals Max Scherzer Oct. 3, 2015 New York Mets

Bold lettering denotes a perfect game.

List of perfect games

Since 1903 — the World Series era — there have been 21 perfect games. There have been 23 perfectos total when factoring in pre-modern era play.

Pitcher Date Team Opponent
Felix Hernandez Aug. 15, 2012 Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Rays
Matt Cain June 13, 2012 San Francisco Giants Houston Astros
Philip Humber Apr. 21, 2012 Chicago White Sox Seattle Mariners
Roy Halladay May 29, 2010 Philadelphia Phillies Florida Marlins
Dallas Braden May 9, 2010 Oakland A’s Tampa Bay Rays
Mark Buehrle July 23, 2009 Chicago White Sox Tampa Bay Rays
Randy Johnson May 18, 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks Atlanta Braves
David Cone July 18, 1999 New York Yankees Montreal Expos
David Wells May 17, 1998 New York Yankees Minnesota Twins
Kenny Rogers July 28, 1994 Texas Rangers California Angels
Dennis Martinez July 28, 1991 Montreal Expos Los Angeles Dodgers
Tom Browning Sept. 16, 1988 Cincinnati Reds Los Angeles Dodgers
Mike Witt Sept. 30, 1984 California Angels Texas Rangers
Len Barker May 15, 1981 Cleveland Indians Toronto Blue Jays
Catfish Hunter May 8, 1968 Oakland A’s Minnesota Twins
Sandy Koufax Sept. 9, 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Chicago Cubs
Jim Bunning June 21, 1964 Philadelphia Phillies New York Mets
Don Larsen Oct. 8, 1956 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers
Charlie Robertson April 30, 1922 Chicago White Sox Detroit Tigers
Addie Joss Oct. 2, 1908 Cleveland Naps Chicago White Sox
Cy Young May 5, 1904 Boston Americans Philadelphia A’s
John Ward June 17, 1880 Providence Grays Buffalo Bisons
Lee Richmond June 12, 1880 Worcester Ruby Legs Cleveland Blues

Don Larsen’s perfect game remains the only perfect game in postseason history. 

No-hitters by team

Team Number of no-hitters
Los Angeles Dodgers 26
Chicago White Sox 19
Boston Red Sox 18
San Francisco Giants 17
Cincinnati Reds 16
Chicago Cubs 16
Atlanta Braves 14
Cleveland Indians 14
Philadelphia Phillies 13
Oakland Athletics 13
Houston Astros 12
New York Yankees 11
Los Angeles Angels 11
St. Louis Cardinals 9
Detroit Tigers 7
Washington Nationals 7
Pittsburgh Pirates 6
Miami Marlins 6
Seattle Mariners 6
Baltimore Orioles (modern) 5
Minnesota Twins 5
Texas Rangers 5
Kansas City Royals 4
Louisville Colonels 4
Philadelphia Athletics 4
Baltimore Orioles (old) 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Buffalo Bisons 2
Columbus Buckeyes 2
Providence Grays 2
Brooklyn Tip-Tops 1
Chicago Chi-Feds/Whales 1
Cincinnati Outlaw Reds 1
Cleveland Blues 1
Cleveland Spiders 1
Colorado Rockies 1
Kansas City Cowboys 1
Kansas City Packers 1
Milwaukee Brewers (old) 1
Milwaukee Brewers (modern) 1
New York Mets 1
Pittsburgh Rebels 1
Rochester Broncos 1
San Diego Padres 1
Tampa Bay Rays 1
Toronto Blue Jays 1

Italic lettering indicates defunct/moved franchises.

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Joe Musgrove throws first no-hitter in Padres history

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Joe Musgrove ended one of baseball’s most famous droughts Friday night as he hurled the first no-hitter in Padres franchise history.

The right-hander blanked the Rangers 3-0 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Musgrove faced just one batter over the minimum (he hit Joey Gallo with a pitch in the fourth inning) and leaned on a sharp breaking ball to rack up 10 strikeouts. 

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“The slider was the pitch that I felt I could put wherever I wanted today,” he said in a postgame interview with Bally Sports San Diego. 

It appeared for a second late in the game that the drought might continue. Rangers catcher Jose Trevino lined sharply to right field with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but Padres right fielder Wil Myers raced in and snagged the drive to end the frame.

Musgrove completed the historic no-no three outs later with his 112th pitch of the night. He got Isiah Kiner-Falefa to ground out to shortstop Ha-Seong Kim. It was the first complete game in Musgrove’s career.

San Diego began play as a National League expansion club in 1969. The no-hitter came in the franchise’s 8,206th game. The Padres became the lone big league team without a no-hitter when the Mets ended their drought in 2012 courtesy of Johan Santana. 

Musgrove, a native of nearby El Cajon, Calif., was making just his second start for the Padres after being acquired by the club in an offseason trade with the Pirates.

He said in the postgame interview that it was his first no-hitter ever.

“It’s awesome to be able to have it be in a Padres uniform, and for it to be the first one for the franchise, I thought that’s incredible,” he said.

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