Brewers’ rally cut short by double play in fifth inning


The Brewers just missed out on a big opportunity in the fifth inning. But it wasn’t all their fault.

After Arthur Rhodes walked Prince Fielder to load the bases with one out, Tony La Russa brought in right-hander Lance Lynn to face Rickie Weeks, who hit a two-run home run in his previous at-bat. Weeks hit what looked like a double-play ground ball to end the inning. The only thing is, first base umpire Sam Holbrook missed the call. Weeks was clearly safe.

And so, instead of Jerry Hairston Jr. coming to the plate with the bases loaded and two out with the score 7-3, the Cardinals currently hold a 7-2 lead. Then again, Rafael Furcal was ruled out in the top of the fourth inning when he was clearly safe at first base, so who the heck knows? If only there was some way to fix this.

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.