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Friday, April 19, 2019

Baseball

Giants fans improvise after running out of K signs during game

The San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies played an 18-inning marathon on Friday night, and things got a bit loopy by the end.

Oracle Park provides space in the outfield for fans to hang up to 20 “K” signs for every strikeout recorded by a Giants pitcher. Usually this is plenty, but San Francisco pitchers struck out 24 Rockies during those 18 innings.

That meant the Giants fans who stuck around to the end had to improvise.

You have to admire the dedication. The execution could use a bit of work, but we’ll forgive that.

The Giants seem to play a lot of these strange games, and they always lead to unusual circumstances. This was no different.

Dellin Betances at least 6-7 weeks away from Yankees return

Dellin Betances

The New York Yankees will be without Dellin Betances for a while.

Betances was working his way back from a shoulder impingement that caused him to begin the season on the injured list. He hit a snag and didn’t feel well in a simulation game, so he went for an MRI.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Friday that Betances has a spur causing inflammation in his shoulder. The reliever will receive a cortisone shot and be shut down for three weeks, with a return to the club 6-7 weeks away.

Betances went 4-6 with four saves, 20 holds and 115 strikeouts in 66.2 innings last season. He has a career 2.36 ERA.

Red Sox fans had cruel chant for Chris Davis

Chris Davis

Boston Red Sox fans had a cruel chant for Chris Davis during Friday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Davis is working on a brutal stretch and has not recorded a hit all season. He’s now gone 54 straight at-bats without a hit if you date back to last season. Knowing full well about his struggles, Red Sox taunted Davis with sarcastic “MVP” chants before his appearance as a pinch hitter on Friday.

Davis pinch hit with two outs in the ninth inning with his Orioles down 6-4. He hit a soft liner to short right for the final out of the game. The ball went where it usually would go for a hit, but it was an easy out due to the shift.

Davis continues to embarrass himself with his futility. What’s especially baffling is that he continues to hit into the shift instead of just dropping a bunt when half the field is wide open for him.

Brewers P Corbin Burnes matches unwanted record

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Corbin Burnes tied a record on Friday night, but it’s not the sort of one he would want.

The Milwaukee Brewers starter surrendered three home runs for the third straight start, which matches a record, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Burnes is a former fourth-round pick out of Saint Mary’s. He pitched in a relief role all last season and did well, going 7-0 with a 2.61 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 38 innings. He’s working as a starter this season and having a tougher adjustment so far. Though his strikeout numbers are excellent, he’s been giving up too many runs. He allowed four in the opener, seven in his second start, and yielded five through the first four innings in his Friday start against the Dodgers. After giving up four homers in 38 innings last season, he had allowed nine in his first 14 innings of the season.

Blue Jays hoping to call up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. ‘soon’

Vladimir Guerrero Jr

The Toronto Blue Jays are refusing to put a date on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s inevitable call-up.

General manager Ross Atkins said Friday that they hope to bring Guerrero up “soon,” but are not treating it like a day-to-day situation.

The Blue Jays are almost certainly just waiting for the cutoff date to Super Two eligibility. He has just made it to Triple-A after recovering from an oblique strain and is showing how ready he is to hit at a higher level. It will only be a matter of time now.

Dellin Betances’ rehab hits snag

Dellin Betances

Dellin Betances’ rehab has hit a snag.

The New York Yankees reliever was diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement during spring training and began the season on the injured list. He was working his way back and seemed to be destined for a return this month, but he encountered an issue during his simulation game this week.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Friday that Betances’ sim game did not go well and the pitcher is headed for an MRI.

This will likely delay Betances’ return to the team.

The 6-foot-8 31-year-old has been a valuable member of the team’s bullpen the past five seasons. He went 4-6 with four saves, 20 holds and 115 strikeouts in 66.2 innings last season.

Angels offer update on Mike Trout’s groin injury

Mike Trout

Mike Trout suffered a groin injury during Tuesday night’s win over the Milwaukee Brewers and said he was expecting to return to the lineup either Friday or Saturday, but the Los Angeles Angels are playing it safe with their $430 million man.

On Friday, the Angels said Trout has shown a reduced amount of swelling in his groin and is improving by the day. However, he will be held out until at least Sunday, when doctors will reevaluate him.

This sounds like a situation where Trout feels well enough to play, but the Angels see no reason to rush him back this early in the season. While he’s off to an incredible start with a .406 average, five homers and an eye-popping .592 OBP, groin injuries can linger. The Angels don’t want that happening, so they’re likely trying to be sure Trout is 100 percent healthy before he takes the field again.