Jul 01, 2022
Yankees, Guardians postponed by rain, doubleheader Saturday
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The series opener between the New York Yankees and Cleveland was postponed by rain Friday night, the latest weather issue for the Guardians, who have already played five doubleheaders at home.
They’ll play their sixth at Progressive Field on Saturday as the teams will have a split doubleheader, starting at 12:10 p.m. The second game will begin at 6:10 p.m.
Cleveland also played a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, and the Guardians are scheduled to play a doubleheader Monday in Detroit.
Friday’s game was called at 7:30 p.m. — 20 minutes after the scheduled first pitch — with thousands of fans already inside the ballpark, monitoring the local radar on the giant scoreboard in left field.
This weekend, the Guardians are celebrating Larry Doby breaking the AL’s color barrier with Cleveland 75 years ago.
On Friday, the team unveiled a large mural outside of Progressive Field of Doby flanked by Satchel Paige and Frank Robinson. Paige was the first Black pitcher in the World Series (1948) while Robinson became baseball’s first Black manager (1975).
Doby’s story isn’t as well known as Jackie Robinson’s, but he was subjected to the same hatred as the iconic Hall of Famer.
“I’m glad that we’re celebrating his ability to be that tough and to absorb everything that I’m sure he had to, and stuff that we don’t know he had to,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “But I just want to make sure that we’re not celebrating the fact that we’re treating people equal. That should be a given.”
Interestingly, Francona’s father, Tito, was twice traded for Doby — in 1955 and ’57.
Yankees: RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (right shoulder inflammation) will throw live batting practice in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday. He last pitched in the majors on May 22. … RHP Miguel Castro was placed on the paternity list, but is expected to rejoin the team in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Guardians: C Austin Hedges (concussion) ran the bases before the game and did other conditioning work as he nears a return. Hedges went on the IL earlier this week, a few days after taking a foul tip off his mask. … OF Oscar Gonzalez (abdominal tightness) underwent an MRI and the team is expected to provide an update.
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Lions Grades: Defense Sees Usual Struggle in Preseason Opener
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The Detroit Lions kicked off their preseason against the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, August 12, and the 27-23 loss looked like a lot of their games from 2021.
Detroit blew a late lead after a few mistakes, and managed to start 0-1 during this year’s exhibition slate in a very familiar way. Though that was the case, there was still lots of positives to note.
The Lions saw some great flashes from their rookie studs, and didn’t have a lot to be depressed about even in a losing effort. How should the team be graded for their work in the first game?
Here’s a look at the first round of grades for this preseason.Grading Lions Offense vs. Falcons
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Detroit’s starters did a nice job moving the ball down the field with Jared Goff stepping up and establishing the tone with his offensive line and weapons. Amon-Ra St. Brown and D’Andre Swift look primed for big years, and the depth on the team’s front shined through.
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As the night went on, weapons like Devin Funchess and Tom Kennedy asserted themselves in roster battles and could be poised to steal roles. The team’s backup quarterback battle might remain unsettled, though, and the team didn’t turn loose any deep passes. If there was one single regret, that was it.Grading Lions Defense vs. Falcons
This was a very underwhelming start for a Detroit defense that needed a little bit more to start the year. Detroit couldn’t generate much pocket pressure, and the team’s backfield was cooked on multiple series. It looked a lot like the 2021 season when things got started.
More troubling was the fact that the Lions had usual problems creep up. The team seemed unable to get off the field on third down in crunch time, gave up a fourth down conversion touchdown to lose the game.
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Though Aidan Hutchinson impressed in a big way, the Lions have to win the turnover battle and find a way to slow down the opposition’s quarterback.Grading Lions Special Teams vs. Falcons
Detroit’s kicker battle was a wash on this night, as both Austin Seibert and Riley Patterson made kicks as well as extra points and looked solid while doing so. As a whole, Seibert was 1-1 on field goals with a long of 46 while Patterson was 2-2 with 7 total points.
Jack Fox was in midseason form at punter, booming a 65 yarder in the game. Kick coverage was solid all night long, and Trinity Benson showed some chops as a returner with 75 total yards on kickoff returns. All in all, a good start for this group.Grading Lions Coaching Staff vs. Falcons
Dan Campbell and his staff did a decent job to get things going for the 2022 preseason slate. If there was a minor frustration, it was the fact that Ben Johnson didn’t turn loose a deep passing game that has seen a ton of camp hype. Perhaps he didn’t want to show too much, though.
Defensively, Aaron Glenn’s scheme is going to take a bit more adjustment, but if the starters played, the team may have seen better results as the game went on. Still, there are some things the Lions will want to clean up on that side of the ball.
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