Aug 02, 2020
LEADING OFF: Reds-Tigers debut MLBs 7-inning doubleheaders
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A look at what’s happening in the majors on Sunday:
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Shortened doubleheaders are about to make their Major League Baseball debut. At least that’s the plan. In this most unpredictable and unusual of seasons, perhaps we shouldn’t take anything for granted.
The Detroit Tigers are set to host the Cincinnati Reds in a pair of seven-inning games — a day after the teams were rained out at Comerica Park, more showers are in the forecast.
This will be the first doubleheader since MLB approved condensing twinbills to seven innings each this season. Baseball could see an unusually high number of doubleheaders due to positive coronavirus tests causing postponements, plus rainouts.
“I think that’s a good rule change especially with the pitchers going down every day,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “With the shortage of pitchers, that is a good rule, especially with teams losing multiple guys.”
Brewers star outfielder Lorenzo Cain and Marlins rookie second baseman Isan Diaz have become the last big leaguers to opt out of playing this season because of concerns over the coronavirus.
They joined the likes of Giants catcher Buster Posey, Dodgers pitcher David Price and Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman in choosing not to play this year.
With more and more games getting postponed because of the virus, it’s led many to wonder who else will follow them in sitting out.
Boston left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez also is done this season without throwing a pitch. The Red Sox said Rodriguez, who went 19-6 last year, is sidelined by heart inflammation caused by COVID-19.
Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani hopes for better results when he makes his second start of the season, at home facing the Astros.
Ohtani didn’t record an out last weekend against Oakland, allowing five runs on three hits and three walks. It was the Japanese right-hander’s first appearance on the mound since Sept. 2, 2018, after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Angels expect to have Ohtani start their Sunday games this season. He went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA over 10 starts and 51 2/3 innings in 2018, when he also hit 22 home runs and was the AL Rookie of the Year.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when he faces the Diamondbacks at Arizona.
The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner was scratched shortly before he was scheduled to start July 23 on opening day because of back issues that have slowed him in recent years.
The 32-year-old Kershaw was 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA last season.
Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout is now a first-time dad. The Angels center fielder and his wife, Jessica, have announced the birth of their first child, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout.
And notice the initials for the young one: BAT. Fitting, right?
Trout left the club Thursday and was put on the paternity list, which lets players to stay away from their teams for three days. Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon said he thinks Trout will return to the Angels shortly, but says the team won’t rush him.
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Tlaib leading establishment primary challenger as votes trickle in
Progressive "Squad" member Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., is leading her establishment primary challenger as votes trickle in Wednesday morning, a sign of what could be yet another win for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Tlaib beat her challenger, Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, in a crowded primary in 2018 before first being elected to her seat, but this time it was Tlaib and Jones head-to-head -- and Jones is a popular politician in Detroit with deep roots in the city's political establishment.
The incumbent Tlaib holds a wide lead in early returns, but there are still many votes yet to be counted and a final result is not likely until later Wednesday.
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"I’m confident in the movement that we started. I’m confident that as we experience this tonight, we are going to see that our country is ready, is ready for someone like me and others that are saying, ’Enough. Enough with corporate greed. Enough with the assault on our families,” Tlaib said in a video to supporters after the polls closed.
Jones in her campaign has criticized Tlaib for being too fond of the limelight and is running on a platform of focusing on the city of Detroit the district.
"As Michigan’s 13th Congressional District Representative, Tlaib has worked hard to become an international rock star," Jones tweeted in late July. "Representative Tlaib has a huge war chest of nearly $2 million. The money in Rashida Tlaib’s war chest is mostly from people around the world."
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She added: "This means Tlaib is beholding (sic) to her money people, & not focused on the citizens of the 13th Congressional District."
Jones also previously knocked Tlaib for calling Trump a "m-----f-----" and booing Hillary Clinton at a Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign event.
But Tlaib held a massive fundraising advantage, and her high profile not just in the district but nationally gave her a distinct advantage over Jones. Plus, there's momentum for progressive Democrats like Tlaib.
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Fellow squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., successfully fended off a well-funded primary challenge by former CNBC personality Michelle Caruso-Cabrera earlier this year. And just Tuesday night, Justice Democrats-backed Cori Bush unseated longtime Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., in a primary in St. Louis.
"From the Bronx to St. Louis, the Squad is here to stay, and it's still growing," Justice Democrats tweeted early Wednesday morning.
The Detroit district Tlaib represents is one of the poorest in the country, and the eventual victor between her and Jones will be an overwhelming favorite on election night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.Tyler Olson covers politics for FoxNews.com. You can contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at @TylerOlson1791.