Today, as is the case every third Monday in April in Boston, the Red Sox will be playing some morning baseball. The Blue Jays will take on the Sox at 11:05 Eastern, with J.A. Happ taking on Clay Buchholz.
The reason, of course, is Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. It’s more famous now as the date of the Boston Marathon — currently in progress — than it is for the Sox game, but the Sox’ morning game is, I am told by my Boston friends, one of the better things that happens in that town all year. Well, also sometimes the worst given that some people decide to make a drunken party out of things, but that’s a hazard of every celebration in every city.
West coast people with MLB.tv or Extra Innings get morning baseball multiple times a week if they want it. We easterners get it as a treat today. If you’re able, take in some pre-lunch action today.
LOS ANGELES — Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and Tommy Kahnle appear set to rejoin the New York Yankees ahead of their series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York cleared three roster spots, saying that infielder-outfielders Oswaldo Cabrera and Franchy Cordero had been optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre along with left-hander Matt Krook after a 1-0 loss at Seattle.
Stanton, Donaldson and Kahnle all played in a rehab game for Double-A Somerset. Stanton was hitless in three at-bats in his first appearance since injuring his left hamstring on April 15.
Donaldson went 1 for 4 in his fourth rehab game as he comes back from a strained right hamstring originally sustained on April 5.
Kahnle pitched one inning, giving up one run and one hit and walking two. He has been out since spring training with right biceps tendinitis.
Boone said he wasn’t concerned about Stanton potentially returning after playing in just one rehab game. He did say that Stanton likely will be a designated hitter for a couple of weeks after rejoining the Yankees.