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Carlos Correa is out of the Astros’ Opening Day lineup

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Carlos Correa is not in the Astros’ Opening Day lineup today versus the Rays.

Correa is day-to-day to open the regular season after tweaking his neck in a rundown last Friday. He’s continued to experience neck stiffness since then. He took some swings today and said he “didn’t feel right,” thus the scratch. Aledmys Diaz will play short in his absence.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.