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Anibal Sanchez Attempts Another No-Hitter, Nationals Acquire Gregor Blanco, Joe Blanton Activated: Braves Cup Of Coffee

Recapping the news and scores for May 8:

Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Nationals on Sunday. His day ended with seven shutout innings on two hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

The Nationals acquired former Brave Gregor Blanco from the Royals for a player to be named later (link). This is likely a reaction to Rick Ankiel's disabling. He won't be placed on the 40-man roster, but that could always change.

Mets starter Chris Young was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tightness (link). He may have re-aggravated a shoulder injury from 2009. Young has a 1.88 ERA and 4.23 FIP with a 8.25 K/9 in 24 innings, but he has already made two DL trips this season. It comes with the territory for Young, though.

Phillies starter Joe Blanton is expected to be activated from the disabled list and make his start Monday against the Marlins (link). Blanton has been out with an elbow impingement. He has a 5.92 ERA but 3.47 FIP in 24.1 innings this season.

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was placed on the disabled list with back pain (link). The retroactive date is so far back he could return as soon as Friday. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez could get dropped in the order soon (link). I'll go out on a limb and say Logan Morrison takes the spot once he returns from the disabled list on what should be Friday. Hanley is sporting a .195/.295/.265 line with a .257 wOBA and one home run.

Marlins 8, Nationals 0
(FLA) Anibal Sanchez: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K
(FLA) Gaby Sanchez: 4-4, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI
(FLA) Greg Dobbs: 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI

- The Marlins improved to 20-13 while the Nationals fell to 16-18.
- Sanchez made another bid for his second no-hitter by carrying one to the seventh inning. Laynce Nix led off the inning with a single to break it up. He struck out the side twice and struck out two of three in one inning.
- You may remember Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth against the Rockies on April 22 despite a run scoring in the first inning on an error. It was broken up by a Dexter Fowler single to lead off the ninth.
- Since dropping to seventh in the order, Omar Infante is 5-17 with a double and four RBIs. He has a .259 wOBA on the season.

Dodgers 4, Mets 2
(LAD) Clayton Kershaw: 6.2 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 K
(LAD) Andre Ethier: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
(NYM) R.A. Dickey: 7 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

- The Mets fell to 15-19.
- Ethier picked up where he left off following the hit streak ending at 30 games on Saturday, drilling his fourth homer of the season.
- Dickey has been less than stellar over his last two outings, combining for 10 runs in 13 innings with just four strikeouts.
- Jose Reyes is 8-18 with a double, four triples and four RBIs in his last four games. He has a .390 wOBA this season and leads MLB in triples with six.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.