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Indians and Twins to extend protective netting for the 2018 season

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The Associated Press reports that the Indians and Twins have announced plans to extend protective netting at Progressive Field and Target Field, respectively, for the 2018 season.

At Progressive Field, the netting will be extended from behind home plate to the ends of both dugouts. Canopy nets will be stretched farther down the third base line.

At Target Field, the height of the existing netting will be raised above the dugout from seven feet to nine feet. The netting will also be extended along the Dugout Box seating area down the foul lines.

Teams got serious about extending protective netting after a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium in September. The Reds, Padres, Mariners, and Brewers each announced plans to implement more netting. The Yankees didn’t get on board until October. And now the Indians and Twins will join them. Other teams, like the Phillies, had already extended netting even beyond Major League Baseball’s guidelines.

21-year-old Gleyber Torres homers twice off of 44-year-old Bartolo Colon

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Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.

In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:

Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.

So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?