The Yankees were poised to extend their lead over the White Sox to 5-0 when Greg Bird hit a deep fly ball to center field with runners on first and second with one out in the fourth inning Monday night in Chicago. Center fielder Adam Engel had other ideas. He raced to the warning track, then timed his jump to snag the ball from beyond the yellow border at the top of the fence to steal a three-run homer from Bird.
Alas, the effort may be in vain as the White Sox trail the Yankees 4-0 after five innings. The White Sox offense hasn’t been able to put anything together against Yankees starter Lance Lynn. Lynn has tossed five scoreless frames, yielding just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts on 72 pitches.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.
Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.