Yankees' Sabathia waits to catch fly balls during workout day before their MLB American League Division Series against the Tigers begins in New York

ALDS Tigers-Yankees Game 1 Liveblog: POSTPONED


10:24: Live blog over, kids. Back to some normal posting. And “Ghostbusters.” The boys just got arrested and the EPA man is going nuts. Enjoy!

10:21: They’ve postponed the game. Same game time tomorrow, but it will still be Game 1, picking it  up in the 2nd. Sunday will be Game 2 at 3:07PM. No day off, Monday in Detroit.

10:17: Worth noting: because of the rules changes from 2009, they won’t just scrub this game. Playoff games that are suspended have to be played to their conclusion, so they’d pick it up again in the third inning with the score tied 1-1.  No word on whether they’ll suspend it yet, but it’s still pouring in New York. Looks grim.

10:13: Sigourney Weaver in her Zuul phase: pretty important to me when I was, like, 11 years-old. Just sayin’.

10:00: Gozer was very big in Sumeria. Big time.

9:52: People at the ballpark tweeting that it is pouring even worse now. After they took the tarp on and treated the field. This is awesomeness. They may bang this game. Which kind of throws a wrench into this liveblog, but hell, I’ll stick with “Ghostbusters” until it’s over if that’s what it takes.

9:48: Also, even if Ecklersley is saying something that is 100% truthful, his manner is of the man you meet at a semi-seedy bar who has all kinds of theories about how the government is out to get you and stuff.

9:46: David Wells talking about how long you can go after a rain delay. He has always been a conundrum for me. Obviously didn’t take care of himself. Like, at all.  But he was a durable mofo.  If Kruk didn’t say that line about “I ain’t no athlete, I’m a ballplayer,” Wells would have eventually said it himself.

9:42: Tarp is off. They’re treating the field. But the radar is icky. We may be with “Ghostbusters” for a while. “That must be some cockroach.”  “Bite your head off, man.”

9:37: Commercial for the “Footloose” remake. We needed that like we need a “Ghostbusters” remake. Oh, wait

9:28: “Type something, will you? We’re paying for this stuff.”

9:24: “Ghostbusters” is on VH-1 right now. So, like, someone tell me when this ballgame starts again. Until then, there is no baseball. There is only Zuul.

9:16: I wish this was a Braves game on TBS in the late 1980s so they’d show “Two Mules for Sister Sarah” during the rain delay.

9:09: And the tarp is out.

9:04: They gotta get the tarp out there.

9:02: Ugh, really coming down now. Just what everyone wants from the Sabathia-Verlander matchup: a long rain delay that puts A.J. Burnett in the game.

9:00: Verlander threw 25 pitches in that first inning. That’s definitely a pattern the Yankees would like to see repeated for a few innings.

8:58: End of 1. Tigers 1, Tigers’ defensive indecisiveness 1.

8:57: And it’s pouring rain. The rich people behind the plate pretty much sprinted back to whatever luxury digs they have back in rich person land.

8:55: And we’re tied. Looked like they could have gotten Jeter at home. I’ve got this notion that defensive miscues will cost the Tigers a game in this series. These aren’t egregious or anything, but they’re giving me the willies.

8:53: Eeek. Looked like Cabrera had the easy out at second base. Oh well.

8:52: Anderson called Avila “a good catch and throw guy.” Which he is, but it’s worth noting that Jeter’s on base because Avila could neither catch nor throw strike three.

8:48: Jeter probably stuck out on purpose in order to reach. Totally professional move on his part.

8:43: Top of the first over: Right field porch 1, Yankees 0.

8:41: Delmon Young homer. Caught by a guy from Geneseo — on the sweatshirt — who looked a little too happy to be catching an opponent’s homer.

8:39: Also: Anderson likes to call lineup slots the “___-hole.”  Often. That will not get old.

8:36: I like Brian Anderson as an announcer, but someone should tell him that Alex Avila is not a rookie.

8:34: I like the Nissan truck commercial. I don’t like Deion Sanders commercials. That is all.

8:30: TBS promo: “Legends are born in October.”  Which I suppose means that nothing legendary will happen in this game. Night folks!

8:23:  Hey, Halladaysbiceps is back!  Welcome back, sir.  Comments just got more … interesting.

8:22: Cal Ripken and David Wells in the studio show have me sayin’ “man, that’s some BALD.”  Eckersley, however, has his hair feathered like the wings of a majestic bird.

8:20: A reader asks on Twitter: “Don’t bosses typically hire people to do things like liveblogging for them?”  Hurm.  Good point. And I’m guessing all the other HBT bloggers are off getting their Friday night drink on.  As always, I’m a sucker.

8:13: Come on in. Sit right down.  Get your refresh button good and loose, because I’m going to be live-blogging this game. LIKE A BOSS.

Miami Police Department considers Yasiel Puig case closed

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig waits to bat during batting practice prior to a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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We have more details about Yasiel Puig‘s reported “brawl” at a bar in Miami. And while it’s a regrettable situation, it appears to be less serious than previously believed.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Major Delrish Moss of the Miami Police Department confirmed that Puig was involved in a fight with a bouncer. However, Moss described it more as a “scuffle” than a “brawl.” The Dodgers outfielder suffered injuries to his face, including a swollen left eye, while the bouncer was left with a “busted lip” among other minor facial injuries.

While the bouncer alleged that he was sucker-punched by Puig, Moss said that neither were interested in pressing charges. As a result, the Miami Police Department considers the case closed.

TMZ reported that the fight with the bouncer took place after Puig got into a physical altercation with his sister. However, Moss said that “no shoving was alleged” and that “to the best of our knowledge, the only physical altercation was between the bouncer and Puig.”

Major League Baseball is still expected to investigate the incident under their new domestic violence policy.

Erik Johnson likely to open 2016 in the White Sox rotation

DENVER, CO - APRIL 09:  Starting pitcher Erik Johnson #45 of the Chicago White Sox delivers against the Colorado Rockies during Interleague play at Coors Field on April 9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the White Sox 10-4.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With the White Sox losing Jeff Samardzija to free agency, Erik Johnson will likely get a shot to contribute out of the rotation to open up the 2016 season, GM Rick Hahn said in a conference call on Wednesday, per a report from MLB.com’s Scott Merkin.

“As we sit here today, I think it will be an opportunity for Erik Johnson to convert on sort of the return to form he showed back in 2015 when he was International League pitcher of the year for [Triple-A] Charlotte,” Hahn said. “Obviously, he got some starts in September and continued to show the progress in Chicago he had shown in the Minor Leagues over the course of the last season.

“So if Opening Day were today, then I think Johnson is penciled in to that spot in the rotation right now. In all probability, once we get closer to spring, there will be some competition for him to earn that spot. But if we were strictly looking at today, then I would think Johnson has the inside track on filling Samardzija’s innings.”

Johnson was called up from Triple-A Charlotte in September and made six starts, allowing 14 runs (13 earned) on 32 hits and 17 walks with 30 strikeouts in 35 innings. That followed up an impressive five months in the minors where he compiled a 2.37 ERA and a 136/41 K/BB ratio across 132 2/3 innings.

Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and MLB.com each included Johnson on their top-100 prospect lists, ranking him 63rd, 67th, and 70th, respectively. The right-hander was selected by the White Sox in the second round of the 2011 draft.

Major League Baseball will investigate Yasiel Puig for his role in Miami nightclub brawl

Yasiel Puig
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It was reported on Friday afternoon that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was involved in a brawl at a Miami nightclub. Details were scant at the time, but he reportedly left with a bruise on his face.

Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Major League Baseball plans to investigate Puig under the league’s new domestic violence policy for his role in the brawl. Citing a report from TMZ, Hernandez notes that Puig shoved his sister, “brutally sucker-punched” the manager of the bar, and instigated the brawl.

The Dodgers and Puig’s agent have thus far refused to comment on the situation.

Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was the first player to be investigated under the league’s new domestic violence policy earlier this month, as he allegedly assaulted his wife. Reyes has pleaded not guilty after he was charged with domestic abuse in Hawaii.

As our own Craig Calcaterra pointed out, commissioner Rob Manfred does not need to wait for Puig to plead guilty or to be found guilty to levy a punishment.

Dayan Viciedo close to signing with Japan’s Chunichi Dragons

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Patrick Newman is reporting that the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball and outfielder Dayan Viciedo are close to an agreement on a contract. Newman notes that the Dragons are close to signing pitcher Jordan Norberto as well.

Viciedo, 26, has struggled since making his major league debut in 2010 with the White Sox, batting an aggregate .254/.298/.424 with 66 home runs and 211 RBI in 1,798 plate appearances. He spent the 2015 season with Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox) and Nashville (Athletics), hitting a composite .287/.348/.450. While Viciedo can hit the occasional home run, he hasn’t shown the ability to do much else at the big league level. Given his age, he could prove himself in Japan and parlay that into a renewed shot in the majors in the future.

The White Sox signed Viciedo out of Cuba in December 2008, agreeing to a four-year, $10 million deal. The club re-signed him to one-year deals in 2013 and ’14 for $2.8 million each and $4.4 million ahead of the 2015 season.