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Opening Day full of walk-offs

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Opening Day brought the drama, as three teams walked off winners on Thursday: the Orioles, Athletics, and Braves.

The Orioles blew a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth against the Twins, but Adam Jones smacked a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 11th to win the game.

The Angels and Athletics remained knotted at five apiece from the eighth through 10th innings. Marcus Semien hit a one-out walk-off single to send the A’s home 6-5 winners.

The Braves overcame a 5-0 deficit after the top of the sixth. They won 8-5 when Nick Markakis ripped a three-run home run to right field to break a 5-5 tie.

Though they didn’t walk-off, the Brewers won 2-1 over the Padres in 12 innings thanks to Orlando Arcia‘s go-ahead single in the top-half of the frame. The Rays used a six-run bottom of the eighth to overcome a four-run deficit against the Red Sox. Denard Span had a three-run triple, the key hit in the inning.

Welcome back, baseball.

Rafael Devers won’t visit White House with Red Sox

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The World Series champion Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Trump in the White House on February 15. Some have speculated that manager Álex Cora, who is from Puerto Rico and has been critical of Trump and has been a big factor in Hurricane Maria relief efforts, might not go as a form of protest. Thus far, nothing concrete has been reported on that front.

However, third baseman Rafael Devers says he isn’t going to join the Red Sox on their visit to the White House, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Devers would prefer to focus on baseball, as the Red Sox open spring training on February 13 and position players have to report on February 17. Per Chris Mason, Devers also said via a translator, “The opportunity was presented and I just wasn’t compelled to go.”

Devers hails from the Dominican Republic and he, like many of Major League Baseball’s foreign-born player base, might not be happy about Trump’s immigration policies. Understandably, he is being tight-lipped about his motivation, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Devers is making a silent protest by choosing not to attend. He is thus far the only member of the team to bow out.

Devers, 22, hit .240/.298/.433 with 21 home runs, 66 RBI, and 59 runs scored in 490 plate appearances last season.

Last year, when the Astros visited Trump at the White House, they did so without Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltrán. Both are from Puerto Rico. It is certainly not unprecedented for individual players to opt out of the White House visit.

No word yet on what food will be served during Boston’s trip to the nation’s capital, but the smart money is on hamberders.