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MLB announces 2020 schedule

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Major League Baseball released the 2020 schedule today. The campaign will open on Thursday, March 26, the earliest start to a season, not counting international games. It’ll also be the first season — barring rainouts or snowouts — in which all 30 teams open their year on the same day since 1968. They tried to do it last year but weather knocked out a couple of games.

In addition to interleague contests played between designated rivals such as the Cubs and White Sox and Yankees and Mets, interleague Play throughout will feature the AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West and AL West vs. NL East. Other schedule highlights:

  • The first game at Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers, will take place on Tuesday, March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels;
  • The Miami Marlins will host the New York Mets in the Puerto Rico Series, a three-game set at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 28-30;
  • On June 13-14 the Cardinals and Cubs will play at London Stadium in the United Kingdom for the second London Series;
  • The All-Star Game is on Tuesday, July 14 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Happy birthday to me. And to Tim Hudson;
  • The recently announced “MLB at Field of Dreams” game in Heaven, er, I mean Iowa, is on Thursday, August 13 between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees;
  • The fourth Little League Classic will be played on Sunday, August 23, between the Baltimore Orioles and the Red Sox at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the Little League World Series;
  • The final day of the 2020 regular season on Sunday, September 27, featuring 12 divisional games.

Here’s the link to all the games. Begin your 2020 planning now.

Carlos Correa likely headed to injured list again

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Per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said shortstop Carlos Correa will likely be placed on the 10-day injured list due to a back injury. Correa exited Monday’s game against the Tigers after two innings due to the back issue.

Correa, 24, missed two months between May 26 and July 26 due to a broken rib. Back issues aren’t anything new to him either, as he missed time last year with back issues as well. This season, the shortstop is batting .278/.358/.556 with 19 home runs and 56 RBI in 310 plate appearances.

Alex Bregman handled shortstop for a majority of the time Correa was out earlier this year, shifting over from third base. That could once again be the case going forward, with Yuli Gurriel taking over at the hot corner.