What’s on tap for Opening Day v3.0

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As far as the calendar goes we are now halfway through Opening Day. Only two more days of it left!  And there are day baseball games today. More than one! And in this country! The rundown:

  • Boston at Detroit 1:00 PM:  Lester vs Verlander
  • Atlanta at NY Mets 1:10 PM: Hanson vs Santana
  • Philadelphia at Pittsburgh 1:35 PM:  Halladay vs Bedard
  • Washington at Chicago Cubs 2:20 PM:  Strasburg vs Dempster
  • Toronto at Cleveland 3:05 PM:  Romero vs Masterson
  • Miami at Cincinnati 4:00 PM:  Buehrle vs Cueto
  • LA Dodgers at San Diego 7:05 PM:  Kershaw vs Volquez

Lester vs. Verlander seems like fun, though I will obviously be watching the Braves-Mets game. Also interested in seeing Strasburg pitch. even after all this time he still seems exciting, no?

Anyway, strap in. Baseball in real volume is finally here.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.