In his return to the big leagues, Vance Worley throws seven shutout innings

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Pirates starter Vance Worley blanked the Marlins over seven innings on Sunday afternoon, his first start in the major leagues since May 22 last season, when he was a member of the Twins. Worley allowed only five hits while issuing no walks and striking out five.

The Twins had acquired Worley and Trevor May from the Phillies for Ben Revere, even knowing that Worley was on his way back from surgery on his right elbow. Worley was the Twins’ 2013 Opening Day starter, but mustered a 7.21 ERA over ten starts before landing on the DL. The Pirates purchased him from the Twins towards the end of spring training this past March. In seven starts with Triple-A Indianapolis, he posted a 4.30 ERA with a 43/4 K/BB ratio in 46 innings.

Anthems, first pitches and other ceremonial stuff

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The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.

First pitches:

  • Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
  • Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?

National Anthems:

  • Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
  • For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.

Play ball.