Former Lugnut nearly no-hits White Sox

Detroit Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday congratulates Matt Boyd after the left-handed pitcher one-hit the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. (Photo by Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Lansing Lugnuts lefty Matt Boyd nearly no-hit the Chicago White Sox, giving up only one hit with two outs in the 9th inning of the Detroit Tigers’ 12-0 win Sunday afternoon.

Tim Anderson broke up the no-no with a double that made him only the second White Sox baserunner of the game. The first one was Rob Brantly (2010-11 West Michigan Whitecaps), who drew a walk with two outs in the 3rd inning.

Despite losing the no-hitter, the game surely was a pick-me-up for Boyd, who has struggled this season. He is 6-10 with a 5.33 ERA, 99 strikeouts and 48 walks in 123.1 innings (24 games/23 starts) for the Tigers this year.

Boyd briefly pitched for the Lugnuts in 2013, when he was a Blue Jays farmhand. He went 0-1 with a 0.64 ERA, 12 strikeouts and one walk in 14 innings (five games/three starts). Toronto traded him to Detroit in a four-player deal involving LHP David Price in late July 2015.

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