Despite rain, ALCS Game 1 starts on time, kind of

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It was looking questionable as Baltimore was peppered with rain during the afternoon and early evening, but it has let up just in time for Game 1 of the ALCS between the Royals and Orioles to start as scheduled. Well, there was a brief delay just before the first pitch as the lights atop the TBS booth behind the bullpen in the outfield were not turned off. But other than that!

Orioles starter Chris Tillman is on the hill in the top half of the first inning. He’ll oppose Royals starter “Big Game” James Shields. Their outings were up in the air earlier when it was unknown exactly how the rain would affect the field, given potential delays as neither team wanted to waste their #1 starter unnecessarily.

Stick around as we’ll provide updates on the game throughout the evening.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.