Author: D.J. Short

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 5: People gather where a woman was seriously injured by a broken base bat during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on June 5, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Fan hit by piece of broken bat upgraded to good condition


We have been keeping you updated on the condition of Tonya Carpenter, the fan who was hit in the head by a shard of a broken bat at Fenway Park last Friday and hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. After being upgraded from serious to fair condition on Monday, she continues to make strides in her recovery.

According to, a spokeswoman for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said Thursday that Carpenter’s condition has been upgraded from fair to “good.” Great to hear.

In the wake of the incident with Carpenter, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday that the league plans to “re-evaluate” the issue of fan safety in stadiums.

Settling the Score: Monday’s results

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 8: Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning on June 8, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

All eyes were on top prospect Carlos Correa for his major league debut on Monday night, but White Sox left-hander Chris Sale stole the show with another dominating outing.

Despite waiting out multiple rain delays, Sale struck out a season-high 14 batters over eight innings of one-run ball as part of a 3-1 victory over the Astros.

Sale allowed just five hits and one walk, with the lone run scoring after Correa beat out an infield single in the top of the fourth inning. Correa was originally ruled out on the play, but it was overturned following a replay challenge.

As for Chicago’s offense, Melky Cabrera got them on the board first with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning before Avisail Garcia delivered a go-ahead two-run homer off Lance McCullers in the fourth which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.

Sale has been absolutely bonkers of late. He’s now the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2001 to have three straight starts with at least 12 strikeouts. You are doing something pretty special when you are in that category.

Your box scores and recaps from Monday:

Astros 1, White Sox 3

Royals 3, Twins 1

Marlins 3, Blue Jays 11

Padres 5, Braves 3 (11 innings)

Phillies 4, Reds 6

Cardinals 3, Rockies 11

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 9

Brewers 2, Pirates 0

Brandon Morrow sent for MRI after suffering setback with shoulder

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The Padres were hoping to bring right-hander Brandon Morrow back from the disabled list this Friday, but there has been a hiccup in those plans.

Morrow, who landed on the disabled list a month ago with shoulder inflammation, was forced to exit a rehab start yesterday with Double-A San Antonio due to renewed discomfort. According to the Associated Press, Padres manager Bud Black said tonight that he returned to San Diego to undergo an MRI.

The 30-year-old Morrow has dealt with all sorts of injuries in recent years, but the Padres gave him a one-year, $2.5 million deal over the winter and he had a 2.73 ERA with a 23/7 K/BB ratio in 33 innings over his first five starts prior to landing on the disabled list.