LIVE TV Written By Alex Verdugo hit two solo homers over the Green Monster, Mitch Moreland had a two-run shot and Boston’s beleaguered staff rebounded to lift the Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.Verdugo also robbed Travis Shaw of a homer with a leaping grab and Moreland had a bases-loaded walk to help Boston win its second straight following a four-game losing streak.Cavan Biggio hit a solo homer, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette each had an RBI double for Toronto, which has dropped five of six.Moreland’s homer, coming with a loud crack of the bat echoing throughout a nearly empty Fenway Park, sailed just over the 380-foot sign at the edge of the Blue Jays’ bullpen in right off starter Tanner Roark (1-1) in the third inning for his fourth homer.Entering the night with the AL’s second-worst ERA (5.28), Boston used six relievers to hold down the Blue Jays. Heath Hembree (2-0) got three outs for the victory and Brandon Workman the final three for his third save.Verdugo had given Boston a 2-1 edge when he hit his first Fenway homer with the Red Sox (he had one with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season), an opposite-field shot that bounced off the second row of seats above the Monster and back onto the field. His other came leading off the eighth.Biggio, inserted in the leadoff spot, homered on the sixth pitch of the game, a drive that barely cleared the Monster.Making just his second start and first since July 28, Roark walked four batters in the first, the last was Moreland.Boston starter Ryan Weber was lifted in the fourth for the third straight start, giving up two runs and five hits.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Manager Charlie Montoyo sounded a lot better about RHP Trent Thornton a day after he was placed on the 10-day injured list.“I don’t see him missing a lot of time,” he said. “He should miss, at the most, one or two starts and that’s it.”Red Sox: Manager Ron Roenicke said he’ll likely give starter Martín Pérez an extra day’s rest either before his next start or the one following.CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONSRoenicke said the club continues to educate the players on what’s best on road trips to guard against the coronavirus and with MLB’s new guidelines for those not in the game to wear masks.“The staff is trying to make sure we’re on top of this more than we have been,” he said. “We’ve talked about it and hopefully we can continue to express our feelings to the players and get them to have a habit.”THIS TIME YOU’RE INBlue Jays RHP Jacob Waguespack got into the game a night after he was brought in but had to walk off before throwing a pitch because he wasn’t on the umpires’ lineup card.MOVIN’ ON UP?Roenicke said before the game that he was considering moving Verdugo into the leadoff spot with Andrew Benintendi slumping.Benintendi entered hitting just .069 (2 for 29). He went 0 for 4 with a walk.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP Matt Shoemaker (0-1, 5.91 ERA) is set to start Saturday, coming off a rough outing when he gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings against Atlanta.Red Sox: RHP Zack Godley (0-1, 6.14 ERA) is slated to make his second start after he was knocked around for five runs in 3 1/3 innings by the Yankees last Saturday.Image credits: AP SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT First Published: 8th August, 2020 09:28 IST Last Updated: 8th August, 2020 09:28 IST Red Sox Hold Off Blue Jays With Moreland’s Bat And Bullpen Alex Verdugo hit two solo homers over the Green Monster, Mitch Moreland had a two-run shot and Boston’s beleaguered staff rebounded to lift the Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night Associated Press Television News
A Dodgers’ home opener is usually a day game, not late afternoon battling with shadows. But as ESPN decided it wanted to fit this into its four-game Opening Day broadcast window, Clayton Kershaw’s fastball will probably look even more unhittable before darkness falls.Meanwhile, Shohei Ohtani, the Angels’ 23-year-old from Japan who, despite a less-than-stellar spring indoctrination, should start at DH in their opener at Oakland, and then pitch in the third game on Saturday. It’s never too early to see what Anaheim has to work with here. Who’ll be the Angels’ starting pitcher on Opening Day? Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker and JC Ramírez are the options for Mike Scioscia, starting his 19th season as manager, to figure out.Also this week for the Dodgers: vs. Giants, Friday, 7:10 p.m., SNLA, Ch. 5; Saturday, 6:10 p.m., SNLA; Sunday, 5 p.m., ESPNAlso this week for the Angels: at Athletics, Friday, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 1:05 p.m.; Sunday, 1:05 p.m., FSWAlso this week on Thursday’s MLB Opening Day: Cubs at Marlins, 9:30 a.m., ESPN; Astros at Rangers, 12:30 p.m., ESPN; Indians at Mariners, 7 p.m., ESPNAlso this week: The Dodgers-Angels Freeway Exhibition series continues Monday and Tuesday at Dodger Stadium (7:10 p.m., SNLA, FSW)NO. 2: COLLEGE BASKETBALL MEN’S NCAA FINAL FOUR LOYOLA-CHICAGO vs. MICHIGAN VILLANOVA vs. KANSAS Details/TV: at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, 3 p.m. and 6:20 p.m., TBSDid you know: Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, the 98-year-old team chaplain of the Loyola-Chicago team getting as much TV time the last two weeks as any of the 11-seeded Ramblers, had a 20-year run in the Los Angeles Archdioceses, including time as a teacher and principal at St. Brendan Elementary School in the St. Andrews Square neighborhood of L.A. “Worship, work and win!” has been her message, as well as the endorsement of a bobblehead and a special-made pair of maroon and yellow Nikes that have her name stitched on them. Loyola (32-5), which famously won the 1963 NCAA title, is a 5 ½-point underdog and given just a 26.4 percentage chance of beating Big Ten champion and 1989 national champion Michigan (32-7), according to the ESPN “Matchup Predictor.” In the second semifinal of two No. 1 seeds, coach Jay Wright’s Villanova (34-4), which won it all in 2016, is a five-point favorite at VegasInsider.com over Kansas (31-7), a program that Bill Self coached to a championship 10 years ago. NO. 6: GOLF: LPGA TOUR ANA INSPIRATION Details/TV: at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Thursday-Sunday, Golf Ch.So Yeon Ryu won this major a year ago by defeating 2014 champion Lexi Thompson with a birdie on the first playoff hole, the par-5 No. 18. This started in 1972 as the Dinah Shore Invitational and became an LPGA major 35 years ago. Golf Channel has final-round coverage from 2-6 p.m. Sunday.Also this week: PGA Tour Houston Open at GC of Houston in Humble, Tex., Thursday-Sunday, Golf Channel and Channel 4 NO. 9: BOXING: ANTHONY JOSHUA vs. JOSEPH PARKER Details/TV: at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, 2 p.m., ShowtimeThe world is sort of unifying its heavyweight champion in this one before an expected 80,000 fans. The U.K.’s Joshua (20-0) has the WBA and IBF belts and New Zealand’s Parker (24-0) has the WBO belt. Perhaps the winner will then have to do one more unification exercise, as there sits American Deontay Wilder, holding the WBC heavyweight belt with a 40-0 record. He will be watching ringside as part of the Sky Sports broadcast team. Ranking the top 10 sports events March 26-April 1 you won’t want to miss:NO. 1: MLB SEASON OPENERS GIANTS at DODGERS Details/TV: At Dodger Stadium, Thursday, 4 p.m., ESPN ANGELS at ATHLETICS Details/TV: At Oakland Coliseum, Thursday, 1:05 p.m., FSWSixty years ago, the first West Coast MLB game was a bit taxing for the Dodgers – on April 15, Don Drysdale took the brunt of an 8-0 loss to the Giants before just 23,448 at the old Seals Stadium in San Francisco. The 21-year-old Drysdale, coming off a 17-9 season in the Dodgers’ last year in Brooklyn, surrendered five hits and three walks and led him to get charged with six earned runs before Walter Alston took him out of the game trailing 4-0 with two out in the fourth. Willie Mays followed with a bases-loaded single to drive in two more of Drysdale’s runners and break things open.Welcome to the earliest opening day in MLB history, the byproduct of a new collective bargaining agreement that yielded to the players wanting more days off during the season. Considering that the Dodgers’ 2017 season ended in early November, they’ve had about 150 days to process what happened in the seventh game of the World Series. Time’s up. NO. 3: NHL: KINGS at DUCKS Details/TV: at Honda Center in Anaheim, Friday, 7 p.m., Ch. 13The Kings and Ducks may be tied for the third spot in the Pacific Division when this arrives, leaving that uncomfortable feeling about who’ll eventually drop to fend for themselves against Colorado and St. Louis for the last two Western Conference wild-card spots. This will be the season tiebreaker of their season head-to-head series. The Ducks posted a 2-1 win at Anaheim and 4-2 at Staples Center when they played two games in a six-day span in mid-January. The Kings’ wins of 4-3 in OT and 2-1 in a shootout came back in November.Also this week for the Kings: vs. Flames, Monday, 7:30 p.m., FSW; vs. Coyotes, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., PrimeAlso this week for the Ducks: at Canucks, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Prime; vs. Avalanche, Sunday, 6 p.m., FSW NO. 10: NFL ANNUAL MEETINGS Details/TV: in Orlando, Fla., through WednesdayNFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to hold a press conference when this ends, with the goal of having a better explanation of what clearly defines a catch and what doesn’t. That’s one of the 27 proposals on the agenda. Another one that one that the Chargers, Cardinals and 49ers are backing – limit West Coast teams to only three games per season that begin at 1 p.m. on the East Coast. Last year, the 49ers and Cardinals had five of them; the Seahawks had none. The stats bear out that playing an early Sunday game after long travels results in the road team’s win rate dropping from 45.2 percent to 33.5 percent. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error NO. 7: COLLEGE BASEBALL UCLA at CAL Details/TV: at Evans Diamond in Berkeley, Thursday, 7:05 p.m.; Friday, 6:05 p.m.; Saturday, 2:05 p.m.The Bruins (15-5) had a five-game Pac-12 win streak snapped last Sunday with a 4-0 loss against ASU, but should maintain their Top 20 national ranking. Zach Pettway, the freshman right-hander out of Long Beach Wilson, has jumped out to a team-best 4-0 record and 2.35 ERA in six games (five starts), holding hitters to a .196 average.Also this week for USC (11-9): at Cal State Fullerton, Tuesday, 6 p.m.; vs. Washington, Thursday-Friday, 6 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m.Also this week for Cal State Fullerton (9-12): vs. USC, Tuesday, 6 p.m.; at UC Santa Barbara, Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m.Also this week for Long Beach State (10-14): vs. San Diego State, Tuesday, 6 p.m.; at Fresno State, Thursday-Friday, 6 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m.Also this week for UC Irvine (12-10): vs. Loyola Marymount, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.; vs. Hawaii, Thursday-Friday, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 2 p.m.Also this week for UC Riverside (10-9): at Fresno State, Tuesday, 6 p.m.; vs. UC Davis, Thursday-Friday, 6 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m.Also this week for Cal State Northridge (9-14): vs. Cal State Bakersfield, Tuesday, 2 p.m.; vs. Cal Poly, Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m.Also this week for Pepperdine (10-13): vs. UC Santa Barbara, Tuesday, 3 p.m.; vs. BYU, Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m.Also this week for Loyola Marymount (12-11): at UC Irvine, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.; at University of Pacific in Stockton, Thursday-Friday, 6 p.m., Saturday, 1 p.m. NO. 4: MLS: LAFC at GALAXY Details/TV: Saturday, noon, Ch. 11, Youtube TVPreviously overhyped meetings between the Galaxy and their former sublease tenant Chivas USA were branded “SuperClasico,” as well as “L.A. Derby” and “El Clasico Angelino.” The new LAFC has to grind down the 110 Freeway and merge over to the 91 before finding Carson, so it’s been suggested this new rivalry be called “El Traffico.” The game was declared a 27,000-seat sellout a few weeks ago, well before the Galaxy acquired 36-year-old global Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The two have two more meetings this season: July 26 at the new Banc of California Stadium (a Thursday night ESPN telecast) and again on Aug. 24 at StubHub Center (a Friday nighter, again on ESPN) NO. 8: COLLEGE BASKETBALL WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP Details/TV: At Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, 4 p.m., ESPNVery unlike the men’s side, this could be a Final Four of four No. 1 seeds, as Louisville and Mississippi State (having just eliminated UCLA) won their way in and will meet in Friday’s semifinals, while UConn (vs. defending champion South Carolina, Monday, 4 p.m.) and Notre Dame (vs. Oregon, Monday, 6 p.m.) and have one more step to make. NO. 5: NBA: BUCKS at CLIPPERS Details/TV: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., TNT, PrimeNBA: BUCKS at LAKERS Details/TV: At Staples Center, Friday at 7:30 p.m., Spectrum SportsNetSomething perhaps overlooked in Sunday’s “60 Minutes” piece about the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo: In his age-23 season, the “Greek Freak” is averaging 26.3 points per 36 minutes on 53.1 percent shooting, posting a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 27.7. When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks to their only NBA title in his age-23 season, he averaged 28.4 points per 36 minutes on 57.7 percent shooting with a PER of 29.0. That was Abdul-Jabbar’s second NBA season; Antetokounmpo is in his fifth season. He tweaked an ankle during the Bucks’ 127-120 loss to the Clippers last week in Milwaukee, but has since returned after missing one game. Between facing the Clippers and Lakers, the Bucks go to Golden State for a Thursday night contest.Also this week for the Clippers: at Suns, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Prime; at Trail Blazers, Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN; vs. Pacers, Sunday, 12:30 p.m., PrimeAlso this week for the Lakers: at Pistons, Monday, 4 p.m., SpecSN; vs. Mavericks, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., SpecSN; vs. Kings, Sunday, 6:30 p.m., SpecSN Also this week: Tuesday’s NIT semifinals pit Western Kentucky against Utah (4 p.m., ESPN) and Penn State against Mississippi State (6 p.m., ESPN), leading into Thursday’s final (4 p.m., ESPN) at Madison Square Garden in New York
SANTA CLARITA – With county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich pledging some $25,000 to help west-side communities study their finances and governance options, the city might get into the game tonight, matching the pledge by helping to pay for an annexation study. It’s not yet known if key moneymakers – a shopping center, an industrial park and a theme park – would be part of the package, but Santa Clarita officials deem the stakes worthy of paying to play. “The future of the city of Santa Clarita is tied to the direction taken by the entire Santa Clarita Valley,” City Treasurer Darren Hernandez said Monday. “We believe it is in the best interests of everyone to look at this issue from all the options and perspectives.” A recent study underwritten by Santa Clarita appears to show a large surplus for county government between what it collects in tax revenue and spends on services for areas outside the city. But officials acknowledge the study was not tailored to answer questions related to annexation to Santa Clarita or creation of a new city. State law requires a region considering cityhood to conduct a fiscal analysis to determine if there’s a large enough tax base to support a city government. Key moneymakers within the proposed west-side city in the area of Castaic, Westridge and Stevenson Ranch are the Valencia Marketplace shopping center, the Valencia Commerce Center industrial park and Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain. The boundaries of the area under study haven’t been set, but a map could be drawn by March or April, said Dave Bossert, president of the West Ranch Town Council. The Newhall Land and Farming Company has resisted efforts to have its undeveloped real estate in a city, stating its satisfaction with the county planning process. Newhall Land is building the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch project, west of Valencia and stretching to the Ventura County line. Also, Newhall Land, which built and sold the Valencia Marketplace, included in the deed that the center should refuse annexation to an existing city or inclusion in a new one. During Santa Clarita’s formation battles, several developers opposed its creation, preferring what likely would be less stringent requirements under county policies. Historically, cities have formed in Southern California with hopes of gaining control over growth. The town council plans to hire an independent consultant to determine how much tax revenue is generated in the target area and whether forming a west-side city makes sense. The city’s overture could be a piece of the puzzle, distinct from and following the initial effort, said Dave Bossert, president of the town council. “If the city wants to allocate $25,000 to do a study on annexation versus incorporation, we would be happy to take the donation and commission a separate independent study that does a comparison (between the two),” said Bossert, on a town council committee formed to explore the options. “We want to educate the community. We don’t want somebody who’s going to say annexation is the panacea.” At issue are what revenue the county collects and spends on services, what revenue a new city would collect and incur in debts, and what revenues an annexed area would generate and cost Santa Clarita. A law passed in 1992 ensures counties don’t suffer financially when new cities form. Sales tax revenues feed into city coffers, but counties and new cities may negotiate how property tax revenues are split. The county Board of Supervisors collects taxes countywide and provides services based on need, said Martin Zimmerman, assistant administrative officer for the county Office of Unincorporated Area Services and Special Projects. “I don’t believe the county has ever budgeted by unincorporated area,” he said, noting that costs to provide services to unincorporated areas don’t necessarily match taxes collected there. “If any community thinks they can do better or be better situated if they are part of an adjacent city – or if they believe they want to incorporate – (we’ll provide the information) they need to make those decisions.” Santa Clarita officials may try to sway west-side residents with the absence of utility-users tax – charged for gas, electricity, telephone and cell-phone services – for which the county charges 5 percent. The city has successfully completed 28 annexations since being incorporated in 1987. [email protected] (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!