Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson


Jackie Robinson was born this day in 1919. I don’t know if the odds would have otherwise favored him making it to 94, but at 53 he left us way too early.

Today’s Google Doodle honors Robinson:


The 42 should be red, but let’s not pick nits. Instead, go to Google, click the pic and learn something about Jackie Robinson that you didn’t  know beforehand.

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.