It was on this day in 1917 that the White Sox lost both ends of a Sunday double-header to the St. Louis Browns, which came on the heels of another defeat to the Browns the previous day. What made this miserable weekend particularly ignominious for Chicago was that the Sox were no-hit in two of the three losses. Browns southpaw Ernie Koob held the White Sox hitless on Saturday, and teammate Bob Groom also tossed a no-hitter in the second game of Sunday’s double-header. This is still the only time in MLB history that a team has been no-hit on consecutive days, though no club has to date been no-hit in consecutive games. Adding to the historical quirkiness of the feat was that the 1917 White Sox were the furthest thing from a no-hit candidate — the club won 100 games and the World Series that season.
Some modern-day notes from the AL Central…
- Andrew Miller is on track to return from the disabled list on Friday, Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian and other reporters, provided that Miller gets through another scheduled throwing session on Tuesday without any problems. Miller already threw one bullpen on Saturday without any ill effects from the hamstring strain that sent him to the DL back on April 26. Cleveland has sorely missed Miller, as the Tribe’s relievers entered play today with the third-worst bullpen ERA in the game, even before an ugly late-game collapse against the Yankees.
- It doesn’t seem like the Tigers will be making a play for recently-designated Mets starter Matt Harvey, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Claiming or trading for Harvey would mean Detroit would take on at least a portion of the roughly $4.25MM Harvey is guaranteed for the rest of the season, which isn’t a fit for a rebuilding team. (“We’re not here to spend more money,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.) While the Tigers have a longstanding relationship with Harvey’s agent Scott Boras, the team has also generally shied away from acquiring players with notable off-the-field controversy, which makes it unlikely that the Tigers would pursue Harvey after his ten-day DFA period is over.
- Bobby Wilson’s minor league deal with the Twins will pay him $950K now that the veteran catcher has reached the 25-man roster, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press writes. Wilson’s past relationships with GM Thad Levine and farm director Jeremy Zoll (when Wilson played for the Rangers and Dodgers, respectively) helped him pick Minnesota ahead of other teams that approached Wilson about a minors deal last winter. Wilson was in the starting lineup for the Twins’ 5-3 win over the White Sox today, which marked his first MLB game since 2016. With regular starter Jason Castro on the disabled list, Wilson is in line to get a fair amount of playing time backing up Mitch Garver behind the plate.