Check out the extended protective netting at Progressive Field

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In December, the Indians announced that protective netting would be installed at Progressive Field ahead of the 2018 regular season. 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.

As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince reported on Wednesday, installation of the netting began. He tweeted a picture of it with a sarcastic caption:

Indeed, one can see what’s behind the netting with virtually no intrusion whatsoever. It’s almost as if the people complaining about netting expansion didn’t actually have a good argument.

All 30 teams have said protective netting will be extended by Opening Day. It will certainly help prevent fans from being struck by errant bats and balls throughout the game.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.