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MLB Network to air a marathon of memorable Opening Day games on Thursday

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Earlier ESPN announced that it would air a Home Run Derby marathon on what would’ve been Opening Day this Thursday. MLB Network just one-upped ’em, announcing that it will air a marathon of memorable Opening Day games.

Here’s the schedule:

    • 1:00 p.m. ET – New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians, April 2, 1996 – Derek Jeter hits a home run in his first career Opening Day;
    • 4:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers, April 1, 2013 – Clayton Kershaw pitches a shutout and hits a home run for the Dodgers;
    • 6:00 p.m. ET – San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, April 2, 2017 – Madison Bumgarner duels against Zach Greinke;
    • 9:00 p.m. ET – San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies, April 4, 2005 – Teams score a combined 22 runs in a back-and-forth game; and
    • Midnight – New York Mets at Chicago Cubs – April 4, 1994 – Tuffy Rhodes hits three home runs for the Cubs.

Jeter. Kershaw. Bumgardner. Greinke. A wild affair. The Tuffy Rhodes game. Not a bad lineup.

If you have MLB Network, your Thursday is all sorted.

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.