Brett Anderson

No Tommy John surgery for Brett Anderson

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After visiting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, it was determined that Brett Anderson wouldn’t undergo Tommy John surgery on his ailing left elbow.  He’s scheduled for six weeks of rehab, with his first evaluation coming in three weeks.

Anderson, who opened the season with a 2.84 ERA in 11 starts, complained of elbow soreness after getting lit up in a second straight outing June 5 by the Red Sox and was placed on the disabled list the next day.  He served two stints on the DL last year due to elbow and forearm issues and ended up going 7-6 with a 2.80 ERA in 19 starts then.

The news that Anderson might return to contribute after the All-Star break makes it somewhat less likely that the A’s will turn into sellers over the next few weeks.  They still might go that route, but since it doesn’t look like any team is going to run away with the AL West, they’re more likely to wait until the deadline before making any big decisions now.

Update: According to’s Jane Lee, Anderson received a Platelet Rich Plasma injection to kick off his rehab on Monday.

World Series Game 2 to start an hour earlier due to forecasted rain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs stands during the national anthem prior to Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball announced that the starting time of Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday night has been moved up to 7:08 PM EDT due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain late in the night, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs against the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, assuming his finger injury doesn’t prevent him from doing so.

While an 8 PM start puts the game in a better TV slot, most of the playoff games have been ending around midnight or later. That makes it difficult for kids on the East coast to watch and enjoy the entirety of the games. As we know, baseball has a looming problem in that its viewing audience is getting steadily older. Having playoff games start at 7 PM consistently — or even 6 PM, for that matter — might be good for the future of the game.

Dexter Fowler becomes first black player to play for the Cubs in the World Series

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945, two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. As such, until Tuesday night, the Cubs never had a black player play for them in the World Series.

Dexter Fowler changed that, leading off the ballgame at Progressive Field against the Indians. Fowler was made aware of this fact three days ago by Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer:

Fowler, in that at-bat, went ahead in the count 2-1 but ended up striking out looking on a Corey Kluber sinker.