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Video: Clint Frazier hits his first walk-off home run

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Clint Frazier’s second big league home run was a doozy. The Yankees’ rookie outfielder went 3-for-4 during Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Brewers, recording a base hit and RBI triple before he reached his final at-bat in the ninth inning.

Frazier told reporters he’d been suffering from a case of jitters after getting called up last Saturday, but his nerves appeared to vanish against Milwaukee right-hander Corey Knebel. He looped a 1-0 heater well over the left field fence, watching it vanish into the crowd for a three-run jack to secure the walk-off win.

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The rookie’s well-timed blast put him in some unique company, per MLB.com’s Joe Trezza:

Following the game, Frazier gave some insights into his hitting approach after struggling through his first week in the majors. “A good guy to watch is [Aaron] Judge,” he said. “He does a great job of keeping his weight on his backside. That’s why he hits balls where he does. I took a note out of his book and tried to apply it to mine.”

For now, it seems, he appears to be on the right track.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.