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Christian Yelich’s season-opening homer streak ends

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Brewers outfielder and reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich entered Monday’s game against the Reds on the precipice of history. He homered in each of his team’s first four games to open the season, matching a major league record held by five other players (Trevor Story, Chris Davis, Nelson Cruz, Mark McGwire, and Willie Mays). If Yelich could homer again on Monday, he would have the record all to himself.

Unfortunately, Yelich was unable to go yard against the Reds. Starter Tanner Roark held him at bay, striking him out in the first inning, getting him to line out in the second, and inducing a ground out in the fourth. Lefty Zach Duke got him to ground out in the seventh. Yelich was able to manage a double in the ninth against Raisel Iglesias, but he remained in the yard. Ryan Braun drove him home with a double of his own, breaking a 3-3 tie to drive in what became the game-winning run. It was bittersweet for Yelich — if the game remained tied, he might have had another chance to go deep.

After Monday’s performance, Yelich is now batting a pedestrian .412/.565/1.235.

White Sox broadcaster Ed Farmer dies

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Ed Farmer, who pitched 11 years in the big leagues and then went on to much greater fame as a radio voice for the Chicago White Sox has died. He was 70.

Farmer, who had a history of kidney disease, had been in poor health which caused him to miss the end of the 2019 season. He was also was on a slower ramp-up to the 2020 season. His cause of death was not immediately reported.

Farmer, a Chicago native, was the 5th round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 1967 draft and made his debut with them in 1971. From there he would go to Detroit, Philly, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Texas before joining his hometown White Sox in 1979. After three seasons with the Sox he’d go back to Philly and then close out his career in Oakland in 1983. He pitched in 370 games in all, with all but 21 of them coming from the pen. He posted an ERA of 4.30. His best season came in 1979, which he split between the Rangers and Sox, posting a 2.99 ERA in 53 games, tossing 114.1 innings. He saved 30 for the Sox in 1980.

Farmer was better known as the radio voice for the White Sox, a role he first assumed in 1990. In 1991 he served as a special assistant to Sox general manager Ron Schueler, but was back in the booth for good in 1992. 2020 was set to be his 29th calling Sox games. In 2004 he and broadcast partner John Rooney were named the best radio team in the American League by USA Today.