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Video: Elvis Andrus steals home against Reds


Elvis Andrus‘ speed on the basepaths has been well-documented over the years, and during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Reds, he proved his prowess once again. Leading 1-0 with runners on the corners and two outs, the Rangers’ speedster hovered on third base while Rougned Odor faced off against Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle. As Asdrúbal Cabrera broke for second base, catcher Curt Casali fired the ball up the middle, giving Andrus just enough time to sprint home and boost the Rangers’ lead with an insurance run.

While there was some dispute over the legitimacy of the stolen base — home plate ump Jerry Meals initially called Andrus out at the plate — the Rangers challenged the call and had it overturned.

It’s the second time Andrus has stolen home so far this season, and the sixth time he’s done it in his 11-year career in the majors. No other active player has recorded more steals of home so far, though the all-time mark set by Hall of Famer Ty Cobb (a jaw-dropping 54 steals in 24 seasons) may be an impossible one to beat at this point.

Following the inning, the Rangers worked up to a much more sizable advantage after breaking out with another four runs off of Odor’s grand slam in the fifth and a Delino DeShields sac fly in the sixth. They currently lead 7-0 in the eighth.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.