Kemba Walker’s knee injury appears to be progressing nicely (finally) as the Boston Celtics inch closer to officially resuming play. So far, head coach Brad Stevens has like what he’s seen from Walker since the team gathered for the first time following a three-month pause due to COVID-19. Walker hasn’t participated in every practice since…Kemba Walker Injury: Celtics Star Looked ‘Great’ At Saturday’s Practice — NESN.com
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OAKLAND — As if playing Opening Day in July in a stadium filled with cardboard cutouts instead of fans wasn’t different enough, the Angels went a little further to do something memorable on Friday night. For the first time in baseball history, a runner was placed at second base to start the 10th inning. The…Angels drop first game in major league history using new extra-innings rule — Press Telegram
The Angels came up on the wrong side, though, losing 7-3 to the Oakland A’s, who parlayed their free runner into a Matt Olson grand slam against Hoby Milner.
Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson, left, celebrates after hitting a grand slam home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the tenth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 24, 2020. The Athletics won 7-3 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
It was the first application of a new major league rule intended to prevent long extra inning games in this pandemic-shortened season. The rule had been used in the minors and international play.
Olson, a Gold Glove first baseman, had helped defuse the Angels’ chance in the top of the 10th too.
Left-handed hitting Jared Walsh hit the ball to the right side — as he tried to move Shohei Ohtani to third — but Olson made a quick throw across the diamond to get Ohtani in a rundown. The Angels still managed to load the bases with two outs, but Andrelton Simmons grounded out.
In the bottom of the inning, the A’s loaded the bases with one out, and the Angels brought in a five-man infield to try to cut down the run at the plate. Olson lofted a drive over the right field fence, ending the game.
The case has been cracked. In a season that is sure to have weird stuff happen all the time, something truly bizarre happened during the Boston Red Sox’s shellacking of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. During the third inning, Eovaldi went out to the mound wearing No. 7. Of course, his number actually is 17,…Red Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi Explains Reason For Mid-Game Number Switch — NESN.com
here were theories abound on Twitter about the one-inning swap, and following the game, Eovaldi put any rumors to rest. “So, I guess (Christian Vazquez) and I, we both sweat a lot, so we had the jerseys hanging up down in the batting cage, and I didn’t realize his were down there too,” Eovaldi said. “I glanced over and I just saw the seven and I assumed it was mine and grabbed it off the hanger, threw it on. And once I came back to the dugout they were like ‘Hey that a boy Vazquey’ And I was like, ‘What?’ And they were like ‘Oh, you’ve got his jersey on,’ I was like ‘I thought it felt a little tight on my arms,’ but it’s all good.” The change didn’t end up deterring Eovaldi, who had a pretty sharp outing in his first ever Opening Day start. Over six innings he allowed just one run on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk. More Red Sox:
Jose Peraza, Kevin Pillar Make Solid Impressions In Boston Debut Thumbnail photo via David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports Images
TORONTO BLUE JAYS 6, TAMPA BAY RAYS 4
Friday, July 24, 2020 Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Win: Romano (1-0) Loss: Morton (0-1) Save: Giles (1)
First Pitch: 6:41 p.m.Temps: 72-in, 79-out
Attendance: — Time of Game: 3:27
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TAMPA BAY RAYS NOTES
THE LOSS—The Rays lost on Opening Day for a second consecutive season, falling to 11-12 all-time in season openers, 11-12 in home openers and 8-8 in Opening Day games at home…the Rays dropped to 2-3 all-time on Opening Day against Toronto, all at home, facing them for the first time since 2016 (lost 5-3)…this is the first shortened season since the 1995 players’ strike began on April 25 and was modified from 162 to 144 games.
Rays batters recorded 8 BB, tying the club record for an Opening Day game…excluding extra-inning games, they were the first team to lose with 8 BB (or more) on Opening Day since the 2009 Brewers (10-6 loss at SF) and the first AL team since the 2002 Yankees.
Tonight’s game took place 288 days after the Rays 2019 season ended with a Game 5 loss in the ALDS and 134 days after the final out was recorded in the final Grapefruit League game…this was the 11th consecutive year the Rays opened at their home ballpark
.CHARLIE MORTON—Allowed 6 runs, matching his most as a Ray (also Aug 27, 2019 at HOU), and his 4 IP tied his fewest with the Rays (3rd time)…it tied for the 3rd-shortest Opening Day start in franchise history; Wilson Álvarez went 2.1 IP in 1998 vs. DET and 3.1 IP in 1999 at BAL. Made his first Opening Day start…at 36 years, 255 days, was the oldest Opening Day starter in club history…became the fourth pitch-er since 1978 to make his first Opening Day start at 36 years, 255 days or older, joining TOR R.A. Dickey (38.155) in 2013, SEA Jamie Moyer (37.138) in 2000 and TOR David Wells (36.319) in 2000.
Tonight the Blue Jays went 2-for-2 with 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 SF and 6 RBI with RISP against him (teams hit .179 with RISP vs. him last year).
RYAN THOMPSON—Made his major league debut with two scoreless in-nings…is the eighth player since Stats LLC began tracking minor league phases of the Rule 5 Draft (2000) to be picked and make an Opening Day roster for that team…joined STL John Brebbia in 2019, CWS Omar Narvaezin 2017, MIA Justin Bour in 2016, TEX Alexi Ogando in 2011, MIN Brian Buscher in 2009, SF Eugenio Vélez in 2008 and NYM Eric Valent in 2004.
YOSHI TSUTSUGO—Homered off Hyun Jin Ryu in the 5th, his first career major league hit…became the sixth Japanese-born player to homer in his major league debut, according to Baseball Reference, joining LAD Kenta Maeda in 2016, CHC Kosuke Fukudome in 2008, SEA Kenji Johjima in 2006, NYM Kazuo Matsui in 2004 and STL Keith McDonald in 2000. Became the 24th player to homer in his Rays debut, first since Wil-ly Adames in 2018…is the sixth Ray to homer in his major league debut, joining Adames, Brandon Guyer in 2011, Elijah Dukes in 2007, Delmon Young in 2006 and Brent Abernathy in 2001.ÊIs the first Japan-born player to homer on Opening Day since MIL Nori Aoki in 2013; first in AL since NYY Hideki Matsui in 2010. According to Stats LLC, 16 of his 29 HR for Yokohama last season came off left-handed pitchers (and 80 of 205 HR in his career).
TORONTO BLUE JAYS NOTES
THE WIN—The Blue Jays snapped a 3-game Opening Day losing streak, their first win to start the season since 2016 at TB…this was their first win at Tropicana Field since July 28, 2019, snapping a 4-game losing streak here…improved to 22-22 all-time on Opening Day (since 1977).
Tonight’s starting infield of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette and Travis Shaw are all sons of former major league players, marking only the second occurance in major league history (LAD Scott Van Slyke, Dee Gordon, Jerry Hairston Jr. andIván De Jesús Jr. on June 1, 2012 at COL, according to @MLBStats.
Blue Jays pitchers issued 8 BB, the first team to win with 8 BB (or more) on Opening Day (excluding extra innings) since the 2009 Giants (10-6 win vs. MIL) and first AL team since the 2002 Orioles.
The Blue Jays scored 3 runs in both the 4th and 5th innings, mark-ing the first time they scored 3 runs (or more) in consecutive innings since Aug 16, 2019 vs. SEA (3-run 2nd, 4-run 3rd).
CAVAN BIGGIO—Homered and singled to extend his on-base streak to 30 games dating back to Aug 23, 2019, the longest active streak in base-ball…marks the longest streak by a Toronto hitter since José Bautista reached base safely in 33 consecutive games from Aug 7–Sep 26, 2016…matched his father, Craig, for total career Opening Day home runs (1). Over his 30 game on-base streak, is batting .308 (33-for-107) with 7 HR and 20 RBI…has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, batting .333 (17-for-51) with 4 HR, 13 RBI and 13 runs over that stretch. Three of his nine career hits against the Rays are home runs.
TRAVIS SHAW—Doubled in the 7th inning, improving his career numbers against the Rays to a .309 avg. (29-for-94) with 10 2B…marked his first extra-base hit since homering on Sep 16, 2019 vs. SD (with MIL). Since 2015, is tied with TEX Elvis Andrus for the 11th-best avg. against the Rays (min. 100 PA), and his 10 2B are tied for 10th.
TEOSCAR HERNANDEZ—Doubled in the 6th inning to increase his hit-ting streak to a career-high 10 games…is batting .351/.419/.838 (13-for-37) with 4 2B, 4 HR and 11 HR over that stretch (since Sep 17, 2019).