Zach Britton leaves Orioles for birth of child, should be back for start of ALCS

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If going to the ALCS wasn’t exciting enough for Orioles closer Zach Britton, he’s also about to become a dad for the first time. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun has the story:

Courtney Britton, whose pregnancy is full term, will have her labor induced Monday night in California, Britton said. He left Baltimore around 5 p.m. and will join his wife there. Assuming everything goes OK and both Courtney and his son are doing well, Britton will fly back to Baltimore on Wednesday and could take part in the workout Thursday.

At this point, Britton expects to be ready for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

This is actually the second time that the arrival of baby Britton has been adjusted. Doctors originally scheduled Britton’s wife to be induced this Thursday, but that’s pushing things a little close with Game 1 of the ALCS set to begin Friday night all the way across the country in Baltimore. So they adjusted again.

Of course, Royals closer Greg Holland can relate to his counterpart with the Orioles. His wife gave birth last week amid the Royals’ incredible postseason run.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.