UPDATE: MLB kicks in $1 million for Haitian relief

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2:20 P.M.:  Bud Selig has just announced that Major League Baseball has kicked in $1 million via UNICEF.

11:30 A.M.: Great move by the Yankees:

The New York Yankees announced today that they were donating $500,000
in support of rescue and relief efforts following the tragic earthquake
in Haiti.
The catastrophic event has devastated an entire nation and will have
far-reaching effects in the worldwide Haitian community. The Yankees
hope their donation will inspire people throughout the United States to
do everything they can to aid the people of Haiti in their time of need.

The scope of this disaster makes it almost impossible to get one’s brain around it.  Some have suggested that Haiti could cease to be a viable nation as a result of the quake.  Anything anyone can do, however small, is much needed and much appreciated.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.