Friday, March 31, 2023

Leading: Clean-shaven Cora, Melvin out for surgery

Here’s a look at what’s happening around baseball on Wednesday:


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Last in the AL East, the Boston Red Sox were due for a hard look in the mirror. This is where manager Alex Cora thinks he has found the problem.

Cora has shaved off the salt-and-pepper beard she grew earlier this season, in hopes a new vibe can help Boston snap its season-worst five-game losing streak. Cora arrived clean shaven for the first match of the two-match series in Atlanta on Tuesday night and was ready to pin down his team’s poor start in his new look.

“If we win 10 in a row, it’s on me because I should have recognized it already,” Cora said with a smile.

Early returns for Boston’s offense were positive: slugger Rafael Devers hit a Grand Slam in the second inning against Atlanta.

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San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin is up for prostate surgery and expects to miss only part of an upcoming road trip.

Melvin said he doesn’t think he has cancer, “but they won’t know until they get there.” He was dressed in the street during his pregame session with the media before Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

Melvin, who was hired from Oakland on November 1, said he has been feeling various symptoms since the team returned from a road trip last Wednesday night.

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Injuries to multiple Cy Young Award winners Jacob DeGrom and Max Scherzer just so happened to kick off the opening day for the Mets with Tyler Meagile. Megill handled that role with aplomb. Now he will try to show that he can do something else that an ace does: move on after a defeat.

Megill is coming off his first loss of 2022 and will take a 4-1 record and 2.43 ERA in the game to NL East leader New York at the Washington Nationals. The 6-foot-7 right-hander scored three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 9-2 loss to Atlanta on May 4. This is only Magill’s second major league season and has already tallied their winning totals from 2021.


Seattle’s Logan Gilbert made his debut on 0.93 by Chicago’s Michael Kopech with a 4–0 record on 0.93 and a 1.36 ERA, second in the AL, touring Philadelphia. Gilbert is just two wins away from his total as a rookie last year, when he was 6-5 with a 4.68 ERA.


Cincinnati’s Vladimir Gutierrez going 0-5 with an 8.86 ERA in his outing against the Tour of Milwaukee, a total of 21 1/3 innings in five starts. He is just the third Reds pitcher to lose all five of his appearances in a season since 1893—when the mound was moved to 60 feet, 6 inches from the plate—joining Frank Dwyer in 1899 and Joy J in 1963. .

Elias is trying to avoid becoming the first Cincinnati pitcher to lose his first six appearances, according to the Sports Bureau.


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