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Vince Vaughn will sing during the World Series Game 4 stretch


For those who’d prefer a Daffy Duck-less “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Vince Vaughn has you covered. The actor and Chicago native has been invited back to Wrigley Field for the seventh inning stretch of World Series Game 4, where his performance is unlikely to stray too far from his cut-and-dried renditions of seasons past.

Cubs’ Hall of Fame pitchers Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux will share the honor of tossing the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. Jenkins, who graced the Cubs’ roster from 1966 to 1973, never made it onto a postseason roster during the team’s 39-year playoff drought, but set down six seasons of 20+ wins and earned a Cy Young Award in 1971 with a 24-13 record, 263 strikeouts, and a 2.77 ERA.

Maddux got his major league start in Chicago in 1986 and had just started to come into his own by the end of his first run with the Cubs in 1992. Over 10 seasons with the club, including a three-year comeback in the early 2000s, he pulled 133 wins and a 3.61 ERA, earning two All-Star distinctions, six Gold Gloves, a Cy Young Award, and going on to become one of the most dominant hurlers of his generation.

Following the first pitch, professional singer and national anthem local legend John Vincent will belt the “Star-Spangled Banner,” while singer-songwriter (and wife to Cubs’ infielder Ben Zobrist) Julianna Zobrist will perform “God Bless America.” Here’s a sample of Vincent’s pipes from Game 2 of the Giants-Cubs NLDS this postseason — observe, if you will, the 17-second note on “free”:

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.

Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).

Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).

Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).

MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.

This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.

In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.

Expanded video review started in 2014.