First child with a bilateral hand transplant throws out first pitch at Camden Yards


Quite a moment in Baltimore last night as Zion Harvey, a 9-year-old from from Owings Mills, Maryland, threw out the first pitch before the O’s-Rangers game. But it wasn’t just any first pitch.

Last year Harvey became the first child in the world to undergo a bilateral hand transplant. He had lost his arms and legs to a life-threatening infection when he was 2 and underwent hand transplant surgery in Philadelphia last year. Here is before his first pitch:


And go here is the first pitch, which he thew to Adam Jones.


Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.