Jarrod Parker #11 of the Oakland Athletics delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Jarrod Parker's No-Hit Bid Ends In 8th

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Jarrod Parker No-Hitter Broken Up In 8th

The Texas Rangers lead the American League in scoring, but on Monday night, Oakland A's rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker made them look silly, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning. But on the second pitch of the inning, Michael Young hit a slider up the middle for a clean single. It was Young's 2125th hit of his career. It was Parker's ninth start.

Alas, the no-hitter was not to be. But after a first pitch pop-out from Nelson Cruz, David Murphy grounded into a first-pitch double play, and Parker escaped without allowing another runner.

Young broke up the no-hitter, but he probably didn't break A's manager Bob Melvin's heart. Parker entered the eighth inning having thrown 107 pitches, about seven more than you think the A's would like to see their prized youngster throw. The last pitcher pulled with a no-hitter after seven innings was Kevin Slowey in 2010. Melvin had to have been thinking about it.

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Jarrod Parker No-Hitter: Intact Through 7 Innings

The Texas Rangers lead the world in scoring. Jarrod Parker doesn't exactly have blow-them-away stuff.

Nevertheless, tonight in Oakland, Parker's pitched seven innings against the Rangers without allowing a single hit.

Blessed with a 10-0 lead, Parker didn't exactly breeze through the seventh inning. Ian Kinsler led off with a drive to deep left-center field, but Yoenis Cespedes tracked it down. Next, Elvis Andrus worked a walk before Parker struck out Josh Hamilton with a change-up (for the second time in the game). And Parker preserved his no-hit bid by retiring Adrian Beltre on a grounder to third baseman Brandon Inge.

If this does eventually become a no-hitter, though, it's likely to become a combined no-hitter. Parker's already thrown 107 pitches. Having never thrown more than 112 in a game, he's unlikely to be given the chance to throw 134 pitches like Johan Santana did in his no-hitter last week.

Did we mention that it's the Texas Rangers? And rookie Jarrod Parker?

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