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Video: Howie Kendrick clanks one off the foul pole to give Nats the lead


Howie Kendrick turned Game 7 of the World Series on its head in the seventh inning. The game felt like it was all Astros as Zack Greinke was pitching a gem and Max Scherzer kept having to pitch out of jams.

With the Astros up 2-0, Greinke returned to the mound to start the seventh. After getting Adam Eaton to ground out, Greinke served up a solo homer to Anthony Rendon, finally putting the Nationals on the board. Greinke then walked Juan Soto, which prompted manager A.J. Hinch to take him out of the game.

Will Harris entered to face Kendrick. He made an altogether not terrible 0-1 pitch, throwing a cutter low and on the outer-third of the plate. Kendrick put a good swing on it, though, driving it down the right field line. With everyone holding their breath, the ball loudly clanked off the foul pole for a two-run homer, giving the Nationals a 3-2 lead.

The Nationals continued to rally against the Astros’ bullpen. Asdrúbal Cabrera singled to end Harris’s night. Hinch brought in Roberto Osuna to put out the fire, but he walked the first batter he faced in Ryan Zimmerman. He saw his way through the seventh by getting Yan Gomes to pop up and Victor Robles to fly out.

According to FanGraphs, the Nationals’ win probability was 15 percent after Eaton’s ground out. They enter the bottom of the seventh with a 68 percent chance to win. Life comes at you fast.

David Price has opted out of the 2020 season

David Price opts out of season
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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.