The Orioles generously helped David DeJesus with an inside-the-park home run

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David DeJesus should have been retired for the final out in the bottom of the fourth inning when he hit a line drive to left field in Sunday afternoon’s game against the Orioles. However, an unfortunate collision between Alejandro De Aza and David Lough sent the ball towards the left field corner, allowing an out-of-breath DeJesus to touch home plate for an inside-the-park home run.

In the replay, you can see that the ball was in De Aza’s glove but it was jarred loose when Lough ran into him. That’s an unfortunate way to give up a run.

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The O’s still managed to win though, thanks to Nelson Cruz. Cruz knocked in all seven of the Orioles’ runs on the afternoon, including the final two with a two-run home run in the 11th inning to break a 5-5 tie. Cruz leads the majors with 39 home runs, is second in the American League in RBI with 101, and also has an impressive .262/.331/.532 slash line.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.