Let’s play ball!
After a (slightly) successful Opening Night in the MLB between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals in game one and the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants in game two, the rest of the MLB is set to open today, including the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds are set to take on the Detroit Tigers, with right-hander Sonny Gray set to start. First pitch is slated for 6:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ballpark.
The game can be televised live on Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Detroit, or on MLB.TV if you’re out of market ($59.99 for a full year).
Or, if you’re looking to make an event out of it – why wouldn’t you? – KSBar and Grille is back with can’t-miss GameDay specials.
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Outside of the Reds, here is the entire slate of MLB games scheduled for this evening:
- Atlanta Braves at New York Mets, 4 p.m., ESPN
- Detroit Tigers at Cincinnati Reds, 6:10 p.m.
- Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays, 6:40 p.m.
- Miami Marlins at Philadelphia Phillies, 7 p.m., ESPN
- Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians, 7:05 p.m.
- Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m.
- Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox, 7:30 p.m.
- Colorado Rockies at Texas Rangers, 8:05 p.m.
- Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
- Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals, 8:15 p.m.
- Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros, 9:10 p.m.
- Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres, 9:10 p.m.
- Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics, 10 p.m., ESPN
Rainout on Opening Day
Shifting gears back to last night’s games to open the season, things got off to a rocky start as Nationals star left fielder Juan Soto tested positive for COVID-19 just hours before first pitch, forcing him to miss the team’s home opener.
Soto, who last played in an exhibition game on Tuesday, is currently asymptomatic. Per MLB protocol, he will have to test negative twice in a span of 24 hours to return to play.
After Soto’s late scratch was announced, the teams went on and played as scheduled, with the Yankees and Nationals trading home runs in the first inning to start the season with a bang.
After five full innings of play, though, the game was delayed due to rain in the top of the sixth. And with a near two-hour stoppage, officials ultimately called the game by a final score of 4-1 in favor of the Yankees.
In game two, there went smoothly, as the Dodgers coasted to an 8-1 victory over the Giants in Mookie Betts’ debut with the franchise.
After a hectic first night of baseball, here’s to a safe and healthy day two on Friday.
More former Cats return to action in the NBA
The MLB wasn’t only professional sport on our televisions Thursday evening, as day two of the NBA’s restart scrimmages were held at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports down in Orlando.
And two of Kentucky’s biggest stars in the NBA returned to the floor.
Anthony Davis and Devin Booker headlined the evening, with the former putting up 12 points, two steals, one rebound and one assist in just over 15 minutes of play for the Los Angeles Lakers in a loss to the Dallas Mavericks. As for the latter, Booker put up 13 points, three assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes in Phoenix’s win over the Utah Jazz.
Outside of Davis and Booker, former Wildcats Keldon Johnson (San Antonio Spurs) and Wenyen Gabriel (Portland Trailblazers) also took the floor, with both putting up solid numbers on day two.
Johnson finished with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in 18 minutes in San Antonio’s loss to Milwaukee. Gabriel also added six points, four blocks, two rebounds and an assist in Portland’s loss to Indiana.
Only three games are scheduled today, with the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers getting things rolling at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by the OKC Thunder vs. Boston Celtics at 5 p.m. ET (NBATV), and the Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. ET.
UK faculty asks school to change name of Rupp Arena
In a letter submitted to UK president Eli Capilouto on Thursday, the Faculty of the African-American and Africana Studies (AAAS) program at the University of Kentucky called for Rupp Arena’s name to be changed as part of the school’s push for improved race relations on campus, with the faculty noting that Adolph Rupp’s name “has come to stand for racism.”
“The University should rename Rupp Arena,” the letter reads. “The Adolph Rupp name has come to stand for racism and exclusion in UK athletics and alienates Black students, fans, and attendees. The rebuilding of the arena and the convention center offer an opportunity to change the name to a far more inclusive one, such as Wildcat Arena. In addition, the University should survey all campus buildings and remove all names of enslavers, Confederate sympathizers (such as William C.P. Breckinridge), and other white supremacists.”
The possibility of Rupp Arena potentially having its name changed made national headlines throughout the day on Thursday, including being one of the top stories on ESPN’s front page.
KSR in an hour
Matt Jones and the KSR crew will discuss the letter and break down the likelihood one of the most historic sports venues in the world will have to change its name.
Tune in from 10 a.m. to noon.