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Video: Lewis Brinson robs Mookie Betts of a home run in extra innings

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Marlins center fielder Lewis Brinson made a catch that will almost certainly wind up on year-end “Plays of the Year” lists. With Tuesday’s game knotted at 1-1 between the Red Sox and Marlins, Mookie Betts hit what appeared to be a go-ahead solo home run off of Odrisamer Despaigne. Brinson had other ideas, ranging back and leaping in perfect time to rob Betts of his homer. Even Brinson himself was surprised he made the grab.

The Red Sox still wound up taking the lead in the top of the 11th as Eduardo Nunez hit a one-out double and promptly scored on Andrew Benintendi‘s single. The Marlins tied it up in the bottom half of the inning as Brian Anderson and Justin Bour drew two-out walks. Cameron Maybin drove Anderson home with a double, but Bour was thrown out trying to score the winning run.

As of this writing, the game is tied 2-2 in the 12th inning.

Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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