Game 7 of the World Series is in extra innings and a rain delay

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Update (11:55 PM EDT): We’re in a rain delay before the start of the 10th inning. The tarp is on the field.

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The Cubs were four outs away from winning the World Series and they had lights-out closer Aroldis Chapman on the hill — just the way they drew it up. Chapman entered after Jon Lester gave up an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Rajai Davis, who to this point had made two defensive miscues, redeemed himself by swatting a game-tying two-run home run down the left field line, knotting the game at six runs apiece.

According to FanGraphs, the Indians’ odds of winning the game shot up to 52.5 percent from 12 percent. In Game 7 of the World Series. There have only been a handful of home runs hit that have provided a bigger swing in the World Series.

And it’s begun to rain in Cleveland. The forecast is calling for rain the rest of the night and through the early morning. There’s a possibility that this could take a while. It hearkens back to Game 5 of the 2008 World Series between the Phillies and Rays. Due to rain, that game was suspended in the top of the sixth inning on October 27 and resumed on the 29th. Let’s hope that won’t be the case here.

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.