David Price wasn’t the only one who made a big splash with his new team. Javier Baez — who wasn’t just making his Cubs debut but his major league debut — did too. He did so by smacking a homer in the 12th inning of last night’s game against the Rockies to give Chicago a 6-5 lead, which proved to be the final score. Watch:
It wasn’t the best day Baez will ever have in the majors — he struck out three of the first five times he came to the plate and grounded out and lined out the other two times in last night’s game — but his debut will certainly be a memorable one for him and for Cubs fans.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.