Video: Kendrys Morales avoids tag at the plate with a nifty slide

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Royals DH Kendrys Morales made a ridiculous slide to avoid being tagged by Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin on a play at the plate in the top of the first inning on Friday night.

With runners on second and third and two outs with the Royals already leading 1-0, Ben Zobrist sent a Drew Hutchison offering on the ground to right field. Eric Hosmer scored easily, but Jose Bautista came up firing to the plate. Martin received the toss and dove to his left to an attempt to tag out Morales, but he missed. Morales halted his momentum with a pop-up slide, stood upright, and touched the plate for the Royals’ third run of the night.

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Not a bad way to support Johnny Cueto in his debut with the Royals.

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.