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
#BlueJays manager Charlie Montoyo says he’s not sure how Jacob Waguespack wasn’t on umps’ lineup cards. “It was on all our cards.” Lineups submitted digitally. “For some reason, the ones they had, (Waguespack) wasn’t on it.”— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 7, 2020But that fact shouldn’t have necessarily disqualified Waguespack. MLB Rule 4.03(c) states, in part, that:As a courtesy, potential substitute players should also be listed, but the failure to list a potential substitute player shall not make such potential substitute player ineligible to enter the game.Porter and Foster had not commented on the mixup as of late Thursday.Dolis worked a scoreless sixth, but the Blue Jays ultimately lost 4-3 on a Nick Markakis walk-off home run. The Blue Jays just sent out Jacob Waguespack to pitch even though he’s not on their 28-man roster. pic.twitter.com/emMgM2ioxA— handlit33 (@handlit33) August 7, 2020Rafael Dolis came on for Waguespack, whose name was not added to the official box score.BLUE JAYS 2020 SCHEDULE: Dates, game times, resultsThe confusion may have stemmed from the Jays’ yo-yo transactions involving Waguespack. The team announced about an hour before the game that it had recalled him from its taxi squad to replace injured pitcher Trent Thornton.ROSTER MOVE:RHP Trent Thornton (right elbow inflammation) has been placed on the 10-day IL.RHP Jacob Waguespack has been recalled from the Taxi Squad and will be active for tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/qvXKqhFugf— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 6, 2020That move was made about six hours after the Jays transferred Waguespack to the taxi squad to help reduce Toronto’s roster from 30 players to 28 players by Thursday’s cutdown deadline.ROSTER MOVES:INF Santiago Espinal and RHP Jacob Waguespack have been optioned to our alternate training site and added to the Taxi Squad. pic.twitter.com/VnplfK2Oyi— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) August 6, 2020Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters after the game that he knew Waguespack was on the roster but the umps somehow got an incorrect lineup card. A clerical error compounded by a possible umpiring error cost Jacob Waguespack an opportunity to pitch for the Blue Jays on Thursday night.The right-hander was on Toronto’s 28-man roster for its game against the Braves in Atlanta, but he wasn’t listed on the lineup card that was transmitted to the umpires beforehand. When the Jays called upon him to relieve starter Nate Pearson in the sixth inning, home plate umpire Alan Porter, who had the lineup card in his possession, consulted with third base umpire Marty Foster. The two eventually told the Jays that Waguespack had to leave the game.