Sandy Koufax relieved Magic Johnson for the first pitch at Dodger Stadium

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Fans at Dodger Stadium got to see a pretty cool ceremonial first pitch yesterday before the Dodgers-Giants game.

New owner Magic Johnson took the mound to throw out the first pitch, but then manager Don Mattingly came out of the dugout to make a pitching change, signaling for a reliever as Vin Scully’s voice came over of the PA system to say: “It looks like it’s gonna be a left-hander.”

And then Sandy Koufax took the mound:

And that was before Clayton Kershaw decided to throw a shutout and hit a homer. Helluva day in Los Angeles.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.