Catch the second episode of Showtime’s “The Franchise” tonight, featuring one of HBT’s own


In one of my six “Dispatches From Kansas City,” I described a scene in which Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison approached me during the All-Star media day in search of Royals legend George Brett.

I wasn’t much help and mostly just stood there stupefied, but my exchange with LoMo apparently made the cut for the second episode of Showtime’s “The Franchise,” which airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

So look for a befuddled dude carrying an NBC laptop bag. And catch all the other in-depth action. Here’s a preview of tonight’s show, courtesy of Showtime and MLB Productions:

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.