Mets general manager Sandy Alderson diagnosed with cancer

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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been diagnosed with cancer and will miss next week’s winter meetings in Nashville, the team announced.

Alderson fainted during a press conference in early November and a week later the Mets issued a statement saying that he’d miss the winter meetings due to an unspecified medical procedure.

Today they revealed further details, including Alderson being scheduled to undergo 8-12 weeks of chemotherapy for what is being called a “treatable” form of cancer. He is expected to continue with his GM duties aside from missing the winter meetings.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.

The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.

Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.