Play of the Day: Jake Marisnick slams into the Green Monster to make a catch

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Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick made a terrific grab in left-center field on Sunday afternoon in an eventual loss to the Red Sox.

Ahead 3-1 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Red Sox had runners on first and seoncd base for Brock Holt. Holt lined a Will Harris offering to left-center, seemingly destined to carom off of the Green Monster for at least a one-run double. Marisnick, in a full sprint, made the long trek from straightaway center field and snagged the ball before it could hit the wall, then crashed into the Green Monster. Marisnick, somehow, managed to hang onto the ball.

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This is not the first time Marisnick has made a stellar defensive play in center field this season.

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.