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10:35 AM ET, April 5, 2021


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David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Houston Astros' strong opening statement and other observations from MLB's first weekend  —  We had a lot happen over the first four days of the 2021 MLB season.  The Reds and Cardinals had the first bench-clearing incident of the season.  The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger lost a home run when he passed Justin Turner on the basepath.
David Schoenfield / ESPN:
Chicago White Sox DH Yermin Mercedes starts season 8-for-8 to set MLB mark  —  Welcome to the record books, Yermin Mercedes.  —  The Chicago White Sox rookie got three hits in his first three at-bats Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels to improve to 8-for-8 to start 2021 …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani's two-way showing was a success and there needs to be more of it  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. — There was a moment in Sunday's Chicago White Sox-Los Angeles Angels game that would've passed as a nondescript subtlety if not for the obvious constraints that have come to define Major League Baseball.
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
Shohei Ohtani to bat, pitch in same historic game for Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago White Sox  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is both pitching and hitting for the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night for the first time since the two-way star moved to the majors.
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets philosophical about their tough luck to start season  —  WASHINGTON — Even if the initial disappointment about the Mets' Opening Day delay has waned, the unlucky reality remains.  —  Because four Nationals players tested positive for COVID-19, and five others were quarantined …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
MLB moving 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over Georgia voting law  —  Major League Baseball announced Friday that it is moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to a new Georgia law that has civil rights groups concerned about its potential to restrict voting access for people of color.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Washington Nationals have four players positive for COVID-19; series vs. New York Mets postponed  —  The season-opening series between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets was postponed Friday, with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo saying a fourth player from the team has tested positive for COVID-19.
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Joakim Soria injury another blow to Diamondbacks bullpen  —  The Diamondbacks bullpen appeared to suffer another blow on Sunday as right-hander Joakim Soria exited his outing early with an apparent calf injury.  —  Soria will leave the team and return to Phoenix for testing …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
David Delgado / Orange County Register:
Corona del Mar barely gets past rival Newport Harbor in ‘Battle of the Bay’  —  NEWPORT BEACH - Corona del Mar made it eight consecutive wins over rival Newport Harbor in the “Battle of the Bay” series by pulling out a 10-7 victory on Friday night at Newport Harbor High.
Joe Trezza /
Mancini's ‘surreal’ return reminiscent of debut  —  Throughout his year away from the field battling — and beating — Stage 3 colon cancer, Trey Mancini consistently said he wouldn't consider his comeback complete until Opening Day.  It wouldn't be just the feel of the bat in his hand …
Associated Press:
Number of MLB foreign-born players drops slightly for 4th straight year  —  NEW YORK — More than 28% of Major League Baseball players were born outside the 50 states.  That represents a drop for the fourth straight season, although this decrease was particularly small.
Baserunning blunder nullifies home run by Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger  —  DENVER — Cody Bellinger hit a homer — and was called out before he could finish his trot.  —  It was an honest mistake on a bizarre play for Bellinger, Justin Turner and the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers …
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