LEADING OFF: Braves star Acuña out for year, MLB draft opens

A consider what's happening around the majors on Sunday:

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ACUÑA'S ANGUISH

Acuña had been readied to begin for the NL All-Star team in Tuesday's video game, his 3rd appearance. He was striking.283 with 24 home runs and also 52 RBIs for the three-time safeguarding NL East champs.

The 20-round draft will certainly cover 3 days, with Round 1 slated for primetime Sunday. MLB moved the draft to July's All-Star weekend break, putting the opening round on its network right after the All-Star Futures Game, a display for the leading players in the minors.

One more name to recognize: California high school shortstop Max Muncy, who could also go on Day 1. Despite sharing a name as well as a birthday with the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger, both aren't related.

DRAFT DAY

An MRI showed the intensity of the injury as well as Atlanta made the news late Saturday evening, finishing the year for one of one of the most dynamic players in the majors.

The Pirates hold the No. 1 total choice. Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter can be in play for the Buccos, in addition to prep shortstops Marcelo Mayer, Jordan Lawlar and Kahlil Watson, and also Louisville catcher Henry Davis.

A year after Major League Baseball restricted its draft amidst the chaos of COVID-19, it's set to hold a revamped event as part of All-Star festivities in Denver.

Braves star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is out for the season, gone to surgery after suffering a complete tear of the ACL in his best knee during a game in Miami.

Hrs earlier, Acuña had tears in his eyes as he was carted off the field at Marlins Park. The 23-year-old landed awkwardly after jumping on the caution track in appropriate field attempting to catch a drive by Jazz Chisholm Jr. Acuña knocked right into the outfield wall and also fallen apart on the caution track, promptly grabbing his best knee while Chisholm dashed for an inside-the-park homer.

WHAT A TURNAROUND

Assured of entering the All-Star break atop the AL East after completing last period with their second-worst winning percentage in 88 years, Rafael Devers and also the Red Sox host Philadelphia at Fenway Park to shut the very first fifty percent.

Previous Philadelphia righty Nick Pivetta (7-3, 4.09 ERA) begins for the Red Sox in the series wrapup against the Phillies. It will certainly be Pivetta's very first start versus the team that dealt him to Boston last August.

Pivetta is coming off a fantastic getaway when he fanned a season-high 10 over 7 innings of two-hit shutout sphere in a triumph at Oakland last Sunday. Right-hander Aaron Nola (6-5, 4.53) is slated to choose Philly.

J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts as well as Boston went simply 24-36 (.400) in last year's pandemic-shortened season, the team's worst winning percent given that playing.383 ball (62-100) in 1965.

ON A ROLL

The Oakland Athletics currently have an All-Star pitcher beginning their final game before the break.

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Melvin stated the A's are absolutely OK with Bassitt pitching one inning in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, which would certainly be his typical bullpen day between starts.

When they close out a three-game collection at Baltimore, José Abreu and the White Sox go for their 5th straight win. Dylan Cease (7-4, 4.14 ERA) begins for the AL Central leaders, and Spenser Watkins (1-0, 1.50 ERA) pitches for the Orioles.

The White Sox have actually won 9 of 12 overall, and it looks as if help is on the means. Slugger Eloy Jiménez homered Saturday for Class A Winston-Salem in his initial rehab assignment video game. Jiménez is returning after he fractured his left pectoral ligament during springtime training.

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A-OK

The White Sox have won 9 of 12 total, as well as it looks as if assistance is on the method. Slugger Eloy Jiménez homered Saturday for Class A Winston-Salem in his first rehabilitation assignment game. Chris Bassitt (9-2, 3.41 ERA), included to the AL group Saturday as an injury replacement, begins the series finale in Texas. He is 9-0 over his last 16 begins, the longest winning touch by a pitcher in the majors this year. That includes back-to-back wins over the Rangers in late June when he offered up only one run in 14 innings.

Chris Bassitt (9-2, 3.41 ERA), added to the AL team Saturday as an injury replacement, starts the series finale in Texas. He is 9-0 over his last 16 begins, the longest winning streak by a bottle in the majors this year. That consists of back-to-back gain the Rangers in late June when he surrendered only one run in 14 innings.

Supervisor Bob Melvin claimed the A's were elated at Bassitt coming to be a first-time All-Star, and also identified the right-hander with a little ceremony in the clubhouse Saturday prior to defeating Texas 8-4 in 11 innings.

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