“While this is going on, Stronach should use some of that corporate cash to keep paying the Santa Anita staff and expect them to be plugged into every and all scientific experiment, either on the dirt or on the drugs. That leaves the trainers, vets, owners and jockeys — all independent contractors — to take their wares elsewhere for a while, maybe forever, to places where horses actually return to their barns. … [Read more...] about The Sports Report: Would it have again been called the Fabulous Forum?
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Other adjustments scheduled for the 2020 season include an active roster increase from 25 to 26, and an increase in the minimum number of days a player must spend on the injured list, from 10 to 15. Under the new rules, starters and relievers will be required to face three batters, or to pitch until the end of a half inning. … [Read more...] about MLB rule change on two-way players will not influence Angels’ lineup decisions
The Dodgers’ outfield logjam hasn’t cleared completely, but the 22-year-old Verdugo will have a role in the majors this season, though a more limited one than typical for a prospect who can play all three outfield positions, boasts an elite arm and can hit both righties and lefties. On Thursday, Roberts confirmed Verdugo, barring an unforeseen development, will begin the season on the Dodgers’ opening -day roster. A.J. Pollock, Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson are the club’s other projected outfielders — with utilitymen Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor also in the mix. … [Read more...] about Dodgers’ Corey Seager is encouraged after first appearance at shortstop since April
"There's no doubt we have a tremendous opportunity, with the Chargers having left San Diego for L.A., and also frankly a tremendous obligation as the sole remaining professional sports franchise in San Diego, to deliver a winner to the city of San Diego," Greupner said. "It's a tremendous opportunity. Our plan is certainly, through winning, to build an even deeper connection to the San Diego fan base and really give them an opportunity to celebrate a winner, which is something that the city hasn't had for some time." … [Read more...] about Morning Briefing: Manny Machado is making a big impact in San Diego
ON THE MOUND: Leading the ninth, Angels minor leaguer Ryan Clark allowed five runs, including two on a walkoff homer. … Starter Jaime Barria didn’t allow a hit until the third inning, when the Royals put together a two-out rally to score one run. Barria walked three batters, struck out two and was charged one run in three innings of work. He threw 60 pitches. … Luis Madero allowed three hits and recorded a strikeout in two scoreless innings. … Jesus Castillo was charged five earned runs in one inning of work. He allowed three walks and four hits. … [Read more...] about Angels’ split squad loses 8-7 to Kansas City Royals