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Joey Gallo put on a show at batting practice before the Futures Game


If hitting 71 home runs since the start of the 2013 season didn’t put Rangers prospect Joey Gallo on the map, his batting practice session at Target Field in Minnesota prior to this evening’s Futures Game certainly did.

Gallo hit a ball clear out of Target Field and also broke a truck’s windshield. Baseball America’s JJ Cooper tweeted some pictures:

Gallo, 20, has progressed from Single-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Frisco. In 362 plate appearances at both levels, he has hit 31 home runs, knocked in 73 runs, and posted a .307/.434/.703 slash line.

Gallo struck out against Twins prospect Domingo German in his first at-bat in the second inning of the Futures Game. He struck out against Yankees prospect Luis Severino in the fourth.

Update (6:48 PM): Gallo crushed a Michael Feliz offering for a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put Team USA up 3-2. Absolutely crushed.

World Series Game 2 to start an hour earlier due to forecasted rain

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs stands during the national anthem prior to Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Major League Baseball announced that the starting time of Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Indians at Progressive Field on Wednesday night has been moved up to 7:08 PM EDT due to a forecast that calls for heavy rain late in the night, ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Cubs against the Indians’ Trevor Bauer, assuming his finger injury doesn’t prevent him from doing so.

While an 8 PM start puts the game in a better TV slot, most of the playoff games have been ending around midnight or later. That makes it difficult for kids on the East coast to watch and enjoy the entirety of the games. As we know, baseball has a looming problem in that its viewing audience is getting steadily older. Having playoff games start at 7 PM consistently — or even 6 PM, for that matter — might be good for the future of the game.

Dexter Fowler becomes first black player to play for the Cubs in the World Series

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Dexter Fowler #24 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game One of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on October 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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The last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945, two years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. As such, until Tuesday night, the Cubs never had a black player play for them in the World Series.

Dexter Fowler changed that, leading off the ballgame at Progressive Field against the Indians. Fowler was made aware of this fact three days ago by Rany Jazayerli of The Ringer:

Fowler, in that at-bat, went ahead in the count 2-1 but ended up striking out looking on a Corey Kluber sinker.