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

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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.

Dee Gordon apologizes, is reinstated from PED suspension

Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon celebrates after hitting a double against the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Miami. Derek Dietrich scored on the double. The Tigers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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The Miami Marlins have reinstated second baseman Dee Gordon from his suspension.

Gordon, of course, has missed the last 80 games while serving his drug suspension. He’s coming off a minor league rehab assignment and will be the everyday second baseman for the contending Marlins. He was hitting .266/.289/.340 with three doubles, two triples, five RBI, 13 runs scored, and six stolen bases in 97 plate appearances when he was popped. He was replaced by Derek Dietrich, who hit a nice .275/.366/.398 with 22 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 314 PA in Gordon’s absence, so don’t expect a tremendous upgrade at second down the stretch, even if they get a nice upgrade in the utility and depth department.

To make room for Gordon, the Marlins designated utilityman and sometimes hero Don Kelly for assignment. Sad jams.

UPDATE: Gordon issued a video apology on the eve of his reinstatement:

Chris Sale called “a competitor” for stuff that gets most guys called “head cases”

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12:  Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox reacts during the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Chris Sale has had an eventful week.

On Saturday he was scratched from his start and subsequently suspended for five games for cutting up the 1976 throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear, making them unusable. That cost the team over $12,000 and cost the Sox their best pitcher hours before game time.

On Monday Sale gave an interview to Scott Merkin in which he apologized to fans and teammates and explained his rationale for the uniform shredding. Even if his act was over the top, there was a core of understandable motivation at least: Sale said he voiced his displeasure with the untucked jersey months ago and asked to not pitch on a night they’d have to wear them because he believed it would mess with his mechanics and/or mental state. The Sox didn’t heed his request and Sale took issue, as many probably would, with what he felt was the business of throwback jerseys taking precedence over on-the-field stuff.

Of course, there are still some pretty big problems here. Mostly having to do with the facts that (a) the Sox have people on staff who could’ve optimized his jersey any way he needed it to be optimized if he had asked; (b) ballplayers have been wearing throwbacks for a long time now and, even if they don’t like them, they tend to endure them; and (c) he’s a ballplayer who needs to suck things up sometimes like every single ballplayer ever has done. There are a ton of things ballplayers are expected to do which are insisted upon by the business folks. It’s part of the gig.

A little more seriously than that is the fact that Sale pretty publicly threw his manager, Robin Ventura, under the bus :

“Robin is the one who has to fight for us in that department,” Sale said. “If the players don’t feel comfortable 100 percent about what we are doing to win the game, and we have an easy fix — it was as easy as hanging up another jersey and everyone was fine. For them to put business first over winning, that’s when I lost it.”

An undercurrent to all of this is Sale being fairly obvious in voicing his desire to be traded.

Today Bob Nightengale of USA Today has a story about Sale’s week. It’s sourced largely by Sale’s friend Adam Eaton who defends Sale as a passionate competitor who just wants to win and how all of this stuff of the past week was about his desire to do so. The headline of the story buys in to all of that:

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We heard much the same along these lines when Sale blasted Sox brass following the Drake LaRoche stuff during spring training, going on an expletive-filled rant in a meeting behind closed doors but then bringing the same noise, albeit cleaned up, in front of reporters after it all became public.

Chris Sale is who he is, of course, and I’m not going to too harshly judge who he is. He’s an amazing pitcher and, as most athletes will tell you, the mental part of the game is almost as important or, maybe, even more important than the physical part. Asking Sale to be who he isn’t would probably be counterproductive in the long term.

But I am fascinated with the way in which someone who has behaved like Sale has behaved is described. He’s a “competitor” whose objectively disruptive and literally destructive behavior is explained away as merely a function of his desire to win. His friends on the team, like Eaton, are sought out for damage control and spin and his detractors, which there are likely some, aren’t quoted, even anonymously. He has publicly called out his manager as not wanting to win as much as he wants to please his bosses and he has likewise called out his manager’s bosses and has welcomed a trade, yet we aren’t seeing stories about how that’s a bad thing for the Sox’ clubhouse.

I don’t much care for that sort of stuff, actually, as I suspect most clubhouse controversy stories are somewhat overblown and overly dramatized. But those stories have been go-to tropes of sports writers for decades, and I am trying to imagine this sort of story about players who aren’t Chris Sale. Players who don’t have as friendly a relationship with the media as he has or who don’t have clubhouse allies who do. I feel like, most of the time, a story about a guy who who has done the odd things Sale has done both this week and last March would play a hell of a lot differently.

How does this all play of it’s Yordano Ventura? Or Yasiel Puig? Or Jose Fernandez? How does this play if it took place in the NBA and it was Kevin Durant who shredded up a bunch of short-shorts on 80s throwback night? How does it play if it’s Cam Newton?

I bet it plays differently.