Jose Fernandez strikes out six, hits a homer in his 2015 debut


Jose Fernandez coming back to pitch today for the first time since his Tommy John surgery was already a big deal. The fact that he pitched more or less OK — striking out six in six innings, but giving up three runs — is pretty cool too. But the fact that he did this, off of the likewise-returning Matt Cain, made the day all the more special for him:

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And here is a Fernandez striking out Matt Duffy on 99 m.p.h. gas:

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The day was not as nice for Matt Cain, who went five innings allowing five runs and two homers.

At the moment the Marlins lead 5-3 in the eighth.


Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.