Rays second baseman Nick Franklin gave his club a 2-0 lead in the top of the second, or so he thought, when he clubbed a Hector Noesi fastball way up in the air down the right field line. Right fielder Avisail Garcia ranged back and appeared to run out of room when, all of a sudden, the ball dropped straight back down and out of play.
The initial ruling was a home run, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura asked the umpires to review the call. According to the ground rules at Tropicana Field, any ball that hits either catwalk labled the “C” or “D” ring is a homerun. Franklin struck the “C” ring. As expected, the umpires upheld the initial ruling of a home run.
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The homer is Franklin’s first in the majors as a member of the Rays.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.