Aug 22, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) goes to the mound to relieve starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

8/23 Morning Marquee: Braves Mike Minor flirts with no-no

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The Chicago Cubs cruised to a win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday at Wrigley Field thanks to a strong start from former O’s prospect Jake Arrieta, who has emerged in 2014 as one of the National League’s best starting pitchers, and a mammoth home run by infielder Javier Baez – his sixth home run in 18 games.

In other big league news from yesterday, Atlanta Braves left-hander Mike Minor took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in Cincinnati against the Reds before speedster Billy Hamilton broke it open with an RBI single. Atlanta came back, despite not getting Minor a ‘W’ and won in the 12th.

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado needs knee surgery, meaning Baltimore will likely be without their young slugger for the rest of the season – including a probable postseason run. The Seattle Mariners also have their eyes set on postseason play and they made a push on Friday night, plating five ninth-inning runs at Fenway Park to down the Red Sox. Seattle will open play Saturday ahead of Detroit for the final AL Wild Card spot by a mere half-game.

However, Red Sox fans have a reason to be happy – Boston signed highly-touted Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a record seven-year, $72.5 million contract yesterday. Details are being finalized.

Here’s more news from around the league:

“Arrieta dominant again as Cubs top Orioles” – Cubbies Crib

“Reports: Red Sox agree to deal with Rusney Castillo” – BoSox Injection

“Braves win in 12th after Minor flirts with no-no” – MLB.com

“Manny Machado out for season” – ESPN.com

“M’s refuse to lose; come back at Fenway” – SoDo Mojo

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