MLB notebook: Verlander records third career no-hitter in win over Blue Jays

Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter Sunday against the host Toronto Blue Jays, becoming one of just six major league pitchers with three or more no-hitters.

After walking Cavan Biggio with one out in the first inning, Verlander (17-5) retired 26 in a row, with rookie Bo Bichette grounding out to third baseman Abraham Toro to end the game. He struck out 14.

Entering the ninth inning, the game was a scoreless tie, with four Blue Jays pitchers holding the Astros to just four hits. The Astros then took a 2-0 lead in the top of ninth inning on a two-run home run from rookie Toro.

"Man, I can't even put it into words. I've been so close to the third one so many times. It just didn't happen," Verlander said on the AT&T SportsNet broadcast. "Man, tonight Abraham Toro came up with a huge homer. He was able to make the last out. Ball is in play, you're just hoping it's an out, that's it. Make an out, make an out, make an out. Good throw, good throw, good throw. Let's celebrate."

--The Cleveland Indians activated pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the 60-day injured list, three months after he was diagnosed with leukemia, and the right-hander pitched an inning in relief against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"I always thought I'd be back pitching this year," said Carrasco, 32, who last pitched for the Indians on May 30 and revealed his diagnosis in July. "...I never felt any negative thoughts. I always had good thoughts. That was the key.'"

Entering the game to a standing ovation from both teams, Carrasco retired the first two batters he faced before the Rays' Tommy Pham doubled and came home on an RBI single by d'Arnaud to give Tampa Bay to a 5-1 lead. The Rays went on to an 8-2 victory.

--Los Angeles Dodgers rookie right-hander Dustin May was struck in the head by a line drive in the fourth inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and was removed from the game at Chase Field in Phoenix.

With the bases loaded and one out, Arizona first baseman Jake Lamb hit a liner that appeared to hit May near his right ear. May collapsed on the mound as the ball ricocheted into short left field and two runners scored.

The ball might have glanced off of May's glove initially, and it appeared the pitcher hit the back of his head on the mound as he dropped to the ground. May remained on the ground for about 30 seconds while being attended to by a Dodgers' trainer, then rose and walked off the field under his own power.

--The Chicago Cubs scratched Yu Darvish from his start against Milwaukee due to tightness in his right forearm.

Right-hander Tyler Chatwood filled in for Darvish for the series finale, a 4-0 loss to the Brewers, at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs said Darvish is expected to make his next scheduled start on Saturday in Milwaukee.

--Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson was placed on the 10-day injured list with ulcerative colitis.

The Twins called up left-hander Lewis Thorpe from Triple-A Rochester.

--One year after an All-Star season with Milwaukee, struggling right-hander Jeremy Jeffress was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Sunday.

The 31-year-old reliever is 3-4 with a 5.02 ERA in 48 appearances this season. He was 8-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 15 saves during his 2018 All-Star campaign.

--The Boston Red Sox activated left-hander David Price from the 10-day injured list to start their game at the Los Angeles Angels.

Price, on a limited pitch count because he hadn't pitched in four weeks due to a cyst on his left wrist, threw two scoreless innings. He allowed a double to Brian Goodwin in the first and a walk to Kole Calhoun in the second. The Red Sox won 4-3.

Price, 33, was placed on the IL on Aug. 8 (retroactive to Aug. 5).

--The New York Yankees recalled outfielder Clint Frazier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead of their 5-4 win over the visiting Oakland Athletics.

Frazier, who turns 25 on Friday, opened the season with New York and held his own at the plate, but was sent to the minors in mid-June to work on his defense.

--Field Level Media