Props to ESPN: Red Sox-Tigers tilt to be shown tonight

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When the Tigers opted to schedule a split-doubleheader with the Red Sox on Sunday following Saturday’s rainout, they left the second game to fall under MLB’s blackout rules.  ESPN has exclusive coverage of Sunday night games, and since they were showing Atlanta-Cincinnati, no one was going to get to see what figured to be a pretty outstanding Josh Beckett-Justin Verlander matchup.

ESPN, though, has given both FOX Sports Detroit and NESN permission to air the game.  We imagine there was some cash involved in the deal, but who cares?  ESPN deserves plenty of credit for giving fans the choice to switch broadcasts tonight.

Report: Nationals to call up prospect Carter Kieboom

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Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.

Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.

With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.