Tommy Hunter questionable for Opening Day

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Tommy Hunter was scratched from yesterday’s scheduled start after straining his left oblique during pregame warmups:

I was feeling strong in the bullpen. Throwing great. I was spotting a perfect game, a no-hitter in the bullpen. Then I went, “Oh poop,” and said all kinds of choice words.

Right, like “oh poop.”
Hunter and his filthy mouth had been the favorites for the Rangers’ fourth-starter gig, but now he’s expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks and oblique strains often linger beyond the initial recovery timetables.
Assistant general manager Thad Levine gave Hunter merely “an outside chance” of being ready for his first scheduled turn in the rotation on April 9 against the Mariners, likely leaving either C.J. Wilson or Matt Harrison to fill in. Wilson is trying a move to the rotation after five years in the bullpen and Harrison is coming back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.