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Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends hitting streak to 24 games

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Update (9:14 PM EDT): Bradley made it 24 in a row with a second-inning solo home run off of Edinson Volquez in the second game of Wednesday’s double-header.

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a single to right field in the top of the ninth inning off of Wade Davis during Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Royals. It was not enough for the Red Sox to avoid a 3-2 loss, however.

According to Baseball Reference, Bradley’s hitting streak is the 21st of 23 games or longer in Red Sox history. Dom DiMaggio owns the longest streak in club history at 34 games between June 29 and August 7, 1949. The most recent streak of 23 or more games prior to Bradley’s by a Red Sox hitter was David Ortiz, who hit safely in 27 consecutive games between July 2, 2012 and May 7, 2013.

On the season, Bradley is hitting .331/.381/.585 with 10 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 31 RBI, and 20 runs scored. It’s been quite a season thus far for the 26-year-old.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.