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Sports LEADING OFF: Mets eye clear weather at last, Cubs HBP woes

04:35  17 april  2021
04:35  17 april  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

As Mets' new era begins, owner Steve Cohen welcomes sky-high expectations: 'I can take the heat'

  As Mets' new era begins, owner Steve Cohen welcomes sky-high expectations: 'I can take the heat' Having committed $341 million to Francisco Lindor, new Mets owner Steve Cohen has fans dreaming of their first World Series title since 1986.Steve Cohen is a Major League Baseball owner, the richest in the entire sport, but to New York Mets fans, he’s “Uncle Steve.

The Mets ' meteorological abilities will again be a focus a day after an embarrassing snafu Sunday that drew criticism from New York right-hander Marcus Stroman. The club pushed ahead with a 1:10 p.m. start against Miami despite wet conditions in Queens, and umpires delayed and then postponed the game after Stroman threw just Toronto hopes to get a home series against the Yankees off without more weather woes . The Blue Jays are playing home games at their spring training park in Dunedin, Florida, due to Canada's COVID-19 policies, and the state's April showers are wreaking some havoc.

China has long sought to control the weather to protect farming areas and to ensure clear skies for key events -- it seeded clouds ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to reduce smog and avoid rain ahead of the competition. Key political meetings held in the Chinese capital are notorious for enjoying beautiful clear skies, thanks both to weather modification and the shutting down of nearby factories. Some experts have speculated that success in weather modification could lead China to adopt more ambitious geoengineering projects, particularly as the country suffers from the effects of climate change.

A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday:

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WELL RESTED

Jacob deGrom and the Mets hope to finally play some baseball. New York has had four games in six days either postponed or suspended due to weather, including a snow out Friday night for the opener of their series at Colorado. The club has had seven postponements this season, including all three games of its opening series against Washington, which was called off due to the Nationals’ COVID-19 outbreak.

Saturday’s forecast in Denver looks chilly but clear, making it likely deGrom (0-1, 0.64) will finally get back on the mound two days after he was initially supposed to take his turn. New York’s ace will start the opener of a doubleheader against Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0, 3.60), and Mets lefty Joe Lucchesi (0-0, 0.00) will face Germán Márquez (0-1, 4.02) in the late game.

Home cooking: Mets win Citi opener vs Marlins on gift HBP

  Home cooking: Mets win Citi opener vs Marlins on gift HBP NEW YORK — With fans at Citi Field for the first time in 557 days, Michael Conforto and the New York Mets got some serious home cooking. Even the umpire knew it. Jeff McNeil launched a tying homer in the ninth inning on his 29th birthday and the Mets were handed the winning run on a disputed hit by pitch for a bizarre 3-2 victory over Miami in their home opener Thursday. “We caught a little break,” McNeil said. With the bases loaded and one out, a scuffling Conforto stuck out his right elbow pad just enough to get it grazed by a 1-2 breaking ball from Marlins closer Anthony Bass that appeared to be in the strike zone.

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Gallery: The best moments from baseball’s Opening Day (Espresso)

a close up of a person in a baseball uniform throwing a ball: No two words evoke more excitement among baseball fans than Opening Day. Except maybe “Mike Trout” or, after last year’s revelations, “Astros lose.” You’ve waited five long months to see your favourite team take the field again, and now the time is finally here.So to help get you excited for the first pitch of the season, here are some of the best moments from Opening Day history.

Willson Contreras and the Cubs are feeling understandably unsettled in the box. Chicago batters were plunked four times by Braves starter Kyle Wright on Friday and have been hit a major league-leading 13 times this season — the Cubs also led the bigs last year with 52 hit-by-pitches. Contreras was hit Friday for the third time in four games and fifth time overall this season.

The Cubs are frustrated by all the bruises, especially after reliever Ryan Tepera was suspended three games Thursday for throwing behind Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff. Manager David Ross and game-planning coach Mike Borzello were also suspended one game each, bans they served in Friday’s 5-2 loss to Atlanta.

Angry Stroman lasts 9 pitches in Mets-Marlins' rainout

  Angry Stroman lasts 9 pitches in Mets-Marlins' rainout NEW YORK — New Mets owner, same old dysfunction. Marcus Stroman criticized New York for starting Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins in a steady rain. Stroman's outing lasted just nine pitches before play was stopped, and the game was suspended after a wait of 2 hours, 10 minutes, to be continued as part of a day-night doubleheader on Aug. 31. “This game should have never been started. Not smart at all,” Stroman tweeted during the delay. “Those conditions put everyone at risk. Beyond happy no players on either side were injured. Hate that I have to wait another 5 days to pitch again. That’s a miserable feeling.

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Largely dry and sunny for now, but how long will this last ? Darren Bett has the details. Search for a location. Weather for the Week Ahead. 15th April 2021 Last updated at 18:12. OFF .

ACES UP

The Dodgers and Padres continue their first series of the season with aces Clayton Kershaw (2-1, 2.89) and Yu Darvish (1-0, 3.06) on the mound. Kershaw has shaken off a difficult opening day start with consecutive gems, allowing one run over 13 innings in starts against Oakland and Washington. Darvish is having a similar season, struggling against Arizona on opening day before limiting San Francisco and Pittsburgh to a run each in his past two starts.

EAST BEAST

Tyler Glasnow (1-0, 0.46) takes the mound as the Rays continue a series at Yankee Stadium. The 6-foot-8 right-hander has 29 strikeouts and just three walks in 19 2/3 innings this season, and he’s been outstanding in the Bronx in his career, going 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two outings. Left-hander Jordan Montgomery (1-0, 3.27) is up for New York after allowing four runs in five innings against the Rays on Sunday.

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Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. blasts three home runs vs. Washington Nationals .
Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 22, does something his Hall of Fame father never did with his three-homer game vs. Washington Nationals.Just 42 days after celebrating his 22nd birthday, Guerrero became the youngest player since at least 1901 to record three homers and seven RBI in the same game. And he hit two of them against one of the best pitchers in the majors, three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals.

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