With Hurricane Irene’s projected path currently taking it through Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Red Sox are talking with MLB about playing a preemptive doubleheader at Fenway Park on Friday or Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.
The A’s will be in Boston for a three-game series scheduled to begin Friday night.
Nothing has been decided about the schedule just yet, but a Friday doubleheader would make the most sense, particularly if it looks like Irene might arrive in Connecticut and Rhode Island as a hurricane. If the storm encounters some resistance before then, perhaps Saturday would work instead.
“I think they’re throwing around a lot of ideas that are just ideas,” manager Terry Francona said. “Nobody wants to miss gates. The Red Sox don’t, the league doesn’t, for obvious reasons, and for competitive reasons, so do we. We’ll do the best we can.”
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.