Yes, there is an authority higher than ESPN

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The Yankees-Red Sox game on September 27th was originally scheduled for 1PM.  ESPN, as is their wont, moved it to 8PM so that those of us who so rarely get a chance to see the Yankees play the Red Sox on ESPN could do so.  Slight problem: Yom Kippur begins at sundown on the 27th, which would have prevented a big swath of baseball fans from enjoying the game. And maybe Kevin Youkilis too, who suited up for Yom Kippur in 2004, but didn’t play.

Following some arm twisting from New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, however, there has been a change of heart, and the game has been moved back to 1PM:

The congressman said that ESPN had the contractual right to change the
starting time. “There is the contract, there is the major league rule
book, but then there is a higher authority that was dictating a lot of
this for fans,” he said.

NBC will still have the Colts-Cardinals Sunday Night Football game, however, so the Gentile and non-observant among you may still enjoy some sports that evening.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.