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Cubs’ Ian Happ homers on first pitch of season

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The baseball season began in Miami with the Cubs taking on the Marlins. Jose Urena delivered the first pitch. Ian Happ of the Cubs deposited it over the right field fence.

Predictably, ESPN’s cameras immediately found Derek Jeter, who didn’t seem super impressed. Get used to that look on CEO’s face.

The first inning was otherwise a tire fire for Urena. He hit three batters and gave up two runs. He’s given up four runs in three innings of work. The Marlins have since come back, though, scoring one in the bottom half of the first and three in the bottom of the third, thanks in large part to Kyle Schwarber playing some terrible defense. I guess being in The Best Shape of Your Life doesn’t make you much better of a left fielder. It’ll be interesting to see who he’s DHing for on August 1.

Anyway, here’s “Wonderwall.”

UPDATE: This is why we don’t do “bold predictions” posts. Tweet number one happened just before first pitch:

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Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.