A look at what’s happening around baseball on Friday:
JACKIE ROBINSON DAY
Majors players will wear Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 – and all in Dodger blue this year – for the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s big league debut.
The Dodgers will of course be at home in Los Angeles, facing the Cincinnati Reds. Meanwhile in New York, Commissioner Rob Manfred will host an event for the city’s young baseball players in Times Square with special guests Ken Griffey Jr., Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, Joe Torre, Willie Randolph and Butch Huskey.
The Guardians are set to re-enter the city of Cleveland with their home opener against the San Francisco Giants. It’s a fresh start for the ball club, which dropped its old name after more than 100 years amid criticism of its insensitivity to Native American communities.
Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, who cut his teeth in Cleveland in the 1970s, will throw a ceremonial first pitch to Larry Doby Jr., whose father broke the American League color barrier with Cleveland 75 years ago years.
Guardians right-hander Zach Plesac (0-0, 0.00) next faces Giants left-hander Carlos Rodón (0-0, 1.80).
GREAT FOR TOM
The Mets will unveil a statue outside Citi Field for Hall of Fame ace Tom Seaver before their season opener against Arizona.
Seaver’s widow Nancy and their two daughters will be on hand for the unveiling, as will catcher Mike Piazza and owner Steve Cohen. Seaver’s grandsons, Thomas and Tobin, will throw the ceremonial first pitches. Three-time Cy Young Award winner Seaver died aged 75 in 2020.
It will also mark a homecoming for Buck Showalter, a former Yankees coach who took over the Mets to much fanfare this season. Right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-0, 0.00), another newcomer, is expected to face Zach Davies of the Diamondbacks (0-0, 3.60).
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
Southpaw MacKenzie Gore, the Padres’ top prospect, is set to make his league debut with a start against World Series champion Atlanta Braves.
Gore, 23, the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, will take the rotational spot for southpaw Blake Snell, who heads to the injured list with a tight left adductor.
Gore’s arrival in the majors was delayed by leadership issues in the minors. He had an exceptional spring, with 16 strikeouts and only three walks in 12 innings.
The Blue Jays placed outfielder Teoscar Hernández on the 10-day disabled list with a left oblique injury after being pulled from a game Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. An MRI revealed the strain Thursday, a day before Toronto opened a three-game home series against Oakland.
“You never know with the obliques, but I don’t think it’s as bad as we thought,” manager Charlie Montoyo said.
The 29-year-old was an All-Star for the first time in 2021, when he hit .296 with 32 homers, 116 RBI and an .870 OPS. He has finished in the top 20 AL MVP voting each of the past two seasons.
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