UPDATE: Kris Bryant left the game because he rolled his ankle


UPDATE: Turns out Bryant leaving the game had nothing to do with being hit by two pitches. Rather, when he was running the bases after reaching in the third — the time he reached WITHOUT being hit by a pitch — he rolled his right ankle.

It must not be super serious — he stayed in the game for a bit after that — but it was enough to where it wasn’t worth risking any further damage.

4:18 PM: Tough day at the office for Kris Bryant.

The Cubs are playing the Brewers at Wrigley. They’re currently up 5-0 thanks to them teeing off against Taylor Jungmann, who couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning. I haven’t been watching the game so I can’t tell if it was out of frustration or ineptness, but Jungmann hit Kris Bryant twice.

The first one was almost certainly unintentional, as it came with one out in the first inning and a man on first. The second one came in the fourth with the Cubs up by five already but it’s not like it followed a homer or something. There were two outs and a man on. Jungmann faced one more batter after that and walked him and then got yanked. I’d say it’s a 99.9% probability that he simply didn’t know where the ball was going and his manager took him out because he’s a danger to himself, others and the Brewers’ chances at making this game even remotely respectable.

No word on why Bryant is out yet, but presumably it’s because he’s already taken enough wear and tear in a game the Cubs are likely to win. If there is anything beyond that, we’ll update.

Alvarez’s bases-clearing double sends Astros past White Sox

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HOUSTON – Yordan Alvarez hit a go-ahead three-run double in the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros rallied past the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Friday night for their first win of the season.

Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer in the sixth and made a spectacular catch at the wall in the seventh to rob Andrew Benintendi of extra bases and keep the World Series champion Astros within one run.

Eloy Jimenez hit two RBI doubles for the White Sox, both off Astros starter Cristian Javier.

Jimenez’s first double scored Tim Anderson in the first inning. In the sixth, Javier gave up three straight doubles to Benintendi, Jimenez and Joan Moncada to make it 3-0 and end his night.

White Sox reliever Kendall Graveman (0-1) loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh on two walks and a single. Jake Diekman came on and gave up Alvarez’s double to deep left-center, a drive that just eluded Luis Robert Jr. and bounced off the wall, clearing the bases.

Four Astros relievers each worked one scoreless inning. Seth Martinez (1-0) got the win and Rafael Montero handled the ninth for his first save.

Chicago starter Lance Lynn allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.


White Sox INF Andrew Vaughn, who hit a go-ahead two-run double in Thursday’s season-opening win, did not play. Vaughn experienced lower back issues during spring training. Gavin Sheets started at first base.


Astros outfielder Corey Yulks, a Houston-area native, singled in his first at-bat and finished 1-for-4 in his major league debut.


Astros owner Jim Crane and his wife, Whitney, presented the team and staff with their 2022 World Series rings in a pregame ceremony.


Astros: LHP Blake Taylor, who is on the 15-day injured list with a left elbow strain, began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sugar Land.


The four-game season-opening series continues Saturday when Houston’s Jose Urquidy faces Chicago’s Lucas Giolito.