The Cubs are painting the famous Wrigley Field sign green. For eight days.

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The Cubs and one of their sponsors is repainting the famous marquee outside Wrigley Field green today. It’s been red since the 60s, before that it was blue and yes, for a couple of years after it was first installed, the sign was green. So this is a historical thing:

Benjamin Moore painters and the team chipped away the paint in the upper left corner of the sign — digging through the purple that was used for the Northwestern-Illinois football game in 2010 and a layer of blue before finding the original dark green . . . Scraping away paint on the white stripes and lettering on the sign revealed an original gold color, which will be painted on today as well.

That’s kinda cool, and there are pictures of the details mentioned at the linked article. There is also this:

 

 The marquee will remain green and gold until May 22, when it will be re-painted red.

As someone who has repainted most of the rooms of his house in the past year, I have to say the idea of painting anything and then going back and repainting a mere eight days later would make me want to cry.

 

Sandy Leon homered twice in one inning, including a grand slam

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Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon achieved a rare feat during Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles: he homered twice in one inning. One of those homers happened to be a grand slam.

Leon led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Logan Verrett. Verrett continued to get knocked around, giving up three singles and a walk before being relieved by Brian Moran. Moran gave up a walk to load the bases, then a single to knock in a run and keep the bases loaded. Leon stepped back to the plate and swatted a grand slam to left field, making it an eight-run fifth for the Red Sox. The Sox would tack on one more before the inning was mercifully ended.

How often do players homer twice in one inning during the regular season? Not that often. Since 2010, the feat has been accomplished four times in the American League and twice in the National League. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo was the only one to do it last year.

As for Leon, he’s on track to open the season as the starting catcher in Boston, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reported last week.

Phillies release veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday

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The Phillies announced on Monday that the club released veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday. Both were competing for the back-up catcher spot on the team’s 25-man roster. With both out of the picture, that means Andrew Knapp has won that honor.

Knapp, 25, hit a combined .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 443 plate appearances last year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He did not have a great spring but has hit well as of late, which likely pushed him ahead of Hanigan and Holaday. Knapp will serve as the understudy to starting catcher Cameron Rupp.