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Marlins to skip Jose Fernandez’s start on Sunday


Sunday’s much-anticipated duel between Marlins ace Jose Fernandez and White Sox ace Chris Sale has been nixed. The Marlins, in an effort to limit Fernandez’s innings this season, will skip Fernandez’s turn in the rotation. Tom Koehler will start on Sunday and oppose Sale instead.

Fernandez, 24, underwent Tommy John surgery and didn’t return until July last year. The Marlins are hoping to limit Fernandez to 180-90 innings this season. He’s already at 137 2/3 with a 12-6 record, a 2.81 ERA and a 198/41 K/BB ratio.

Fernandez’s current K/9 rate of 12.94 would be the third-best in baseball history — among starters who qualified for the ERA title — behind Randy Johnson in 2001 (13.41) and Pedro Martinez in 1999 (13.20). Both Johnson and Martinez won the Cy Young Award in their respective seasons.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.