Carlos Beltran robs David Ortiz of a grand slam but then departs World Series Game 1 with a rib contusion

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Boston leads Game 1 of the World Series 5-0 after just two innings, but it could have been even worse for the visiting Cardinals. Watch as St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran robs Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz of a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the second (courtesy of HBT’s own Bill Baer):

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The craziest thing about that home run-robbing catch is that Beltran’s elbow and torso hit the right-field wall well before the ball even fell. The 36-year-old was apparently injured on impact, as Jon Jay entered to play center field and Shane Robinson slid over to right field to open the bottom of the third inning.

The man on third base — David Ross — of course scored easily, giving the Red Sox their fifth run.

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UPDATE, 9:22 p.m. ET: According to the Cardinals’ official Twitter feed, Beltran has a rib contusion.

UPDATE, 10:26 p.m. ET: Beltran has been taken to a local hospital in Boston to undergo tests.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.