Justin Morneau homered for career hit No. 1,500

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Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau joined the 1,500 hit club on Friday when he drove a solo home run to left-center off of Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter. Morneau, entering his 13th season in the major leagues, had recorded just one hit (a double) in 13 plate appearances to start the 2015 season.

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Morneau was hit in the neck by a Jean Segura throw while sliding back to third base on Tuesday, but talked his way into the lineup on Wednesday before the Rockies’ off-day on Thursday.

The Rockies, by the way, beat the Cubs 5-1 to run their record up to 4-0 to start the season. Per MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby, the Rockies have started 4-0 only one other time: in 1995.

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.