The Rays are off and running thanks to first baseman Yandy Díaz, who hit a leadoff home run off of Athletics starter Sean Manaea to begin Wednesday night’s American League Wild Card game. Díaz worked a 3-1 count before swatting a Manaea fastball out to right-center field.
Díaz hit 14 home runs across 79 games during the regular season. Meanwhile, Manaea allowed three home runs in 29 2/3 innings in September after missing the first five months recovering from last year’s shoulder surgery.
Update (8:44 PM ET): In the second inning, Avisaíl García absolutely crushed a two-run home run to straightaway center field, making it a 3-0 game.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.