Just a few bits and pieces for you today ahead of the weekend.
After missing the past 11 games with a left quad strain, Justin Smoak is set to return to the lineup for todays home stand opener against the Kansas City Royals. The Royals went 58-104 last season, and is 28-53 this year, better than only Baltimore.
The starting pitcher for today’s game is likely to be Sean Reid-Foley, who replaced Jordan Romano on the roster on Monday. Lefty Danny Duffy (3-3, 4.48 ERA) will start for the Royals.
The matchups for the rest of the series are as follows:
SATURDAY - RHP Homer Bailey (7-6, 4.61 ERA) vs. RHP Marcus Stroman (5-9, 3.04 ERA)
SUNDAY - RHP Brad Keller (3-9, 4.32 ERA) vs. RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-10, 5.89 ERA)
MONDAY - RHP Glenn Sparkman (2-3, 4.07 ERA) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (0-4, 6.89 ERA)
(WARNING) As the above story mention safety netting, it seems only right to share this. An important but difficult read. Foul balls injure 1,750 people a year, yet full length netting at MLB stadiums is still not mandatory. Kelsey McKinney on what a foul ball can do.
Plays of the day
Mike Trout. Top player. Top guy!
And the Jays took some time out to keep things in perspective.