Marks fired a no-hitter in Saturday's 2-0 victory over Syracuse, issuing only two walks and striking out seven. The 28-year-old threw 130 pitches on the evening, getting 70 of them in the strike zone. His only blemish was the pair of walks he issued, but Marks otherwise stymied the Syracuse lineup in what was his only complete game of the season to date. Marks pitched well in his previous start as well versus Pawtucket, and has now allowed just one earned run over his last 15 innings. The no-no is a momentous feat in an otherwise difficult campaign for the journeyman, considering he's sporting a 3-10 record overall.
Marks signed a minor league contract with the Rays on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Marks did not pitch in the major league last season after stints with the Royals, Rangers, and Athletics in 2014. He started 19 games for Arizona's Triple-A affiliate in Reno last year, working a 5.63 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 50 walks over 108.2 innings and will now join the Rays organization on a minor league contract.
The Diamondbacks re-assigned six players to minor-league camp Sunday, including pitching prospects Braden Shipley and Aaron Blair. Shipley allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk in four innings while striking out two in two spring games. Blair surrendered two earned runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out four in three appearances. The team also re-assigned pitchers Blake Beaven and Justin Marks as well as catchers Matt Pagnozzi and Mark Thomas.
The Rangers have released pitcher Justin Marks. The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Jerome Williams. Williams is expected to start for the club Friday. Marks posted a 5.03 ERA over three minor-league clubs.
The Rangers have claimed southpaw Justin Marks off waivers from Oakland. Marks had only been in the Oakland organization for two weeks. He had pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings in relief for Triple-A Sacramento, but was far less effective earlier in the year with the Kansas City Triple-A team in Omaha, for which he compiled a 5.64 ERA.
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