BEGINNING: Freeman Vs Braves, Hill Patriots Day Special | Sports News

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A glimpse of what’s happening around baseball today:

Freddie Freeman faces the Braves in Los Angeles for the first time since leaving the World Series champions and signing a six-year, $162 million deal with the Dodgers last month.

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A five-time All-Star in 12 seasons with Atlanta, Freeman said at his introductory press conference in Los Angeles that he expects to be a lifelong Brave and expressed his frustration with Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos. . The 2020 NL MVP hits .324 with four RBIs in nine games this season.

“I just can’t wait to see all the guys,” Freeman said. “We are champions forever together, so that’s the best part of it all.”

Freeman and the Dodgers won’t travel to Atlanta until June 24, when Freeman will receive his World Series ring.

The showdown is also a rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series and a homecoming for Atlanta’s closest Kenley Jansen, who kicked off 12 seasons for the Dodgers before signing with the Braves on last month.

Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00) leaves for Los Angeles after throwing seven perfect innings on his season debut.

Red Sox veteran Rich Hill is set to kick off Patriots Day at Fenway Park days after the death of his father, who ran the Boston Marathon 37 times.

Lloyd Hill Sr. died Friday at the age of 94, and Rich Hill says he plans to have his dad in the lead for the first pitch at 11:10 a.m. Hill grew up in nearby Milton, Massachusetts, and knows well the significance Marathon Monday has in Boston.

Hill, 42 (0-0, 6.23), will face the Twins and right-hander Dylan Bundy (1-0, 0.00).

Mike Trout is unlikely to make the Angels roster for a game in Houston a day after being hit in the hand by an 81 mph slider. X-rays on the hand were negative, and Los Angeles says the AL’s three-time MVP is day to day.

Trout said he initially thought he had broken his hand. He struggled to grab the pitch from Spencer Patton in the shadows at Texas and lowered his hands in the path of the ball to protect his midsection.

“He could have hit me anywhere else but hit me in the hand,” he said.

With both teams off to a strong start, the San Francisco Giants (7-2) and New York Mets (7-3) face off in Game 1 of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Mets right-hander Tylor Megill (2-0, 0.00 ERA), the rotation backup for injured ace Jacob deGrom, struck out 11 and scored none in 10 1/3 shutouts this season. New York’s starters have a 1.07 ERA — the lowest of any team after 10 games since earned runs became an official stat in both leagues in 1913.

Alex Cobb (1-0, 3.60) pitches for the Giants, who have won five straight. San Francisco starters have allowed no more than two runs in nine consecutive games – the second-longest such streak since 1901. Only the 1966 Chicago White Sox (11) have had a better streak to open a season .

Seiya Suzuki and the Chicago Cubs host two-time defending AL East champion Tampa Bay at Wrigley Field. Suzuki hit his fourth home run of the season Sunday at Colorado, extending an impressive start to his major league career. The 27-year-old outfielder from Japan is batting .400 and has batted safely in eight straight games with one at bat. He reached base in all nine games with the Cubs.

A pair of AL Cy Young Award winners face off when White Sox southpaw Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 5.40 ERA) takes on Guardians ace Shane Bieber (0-0, 2.70) in the cold from Cleveland, where rain and snow are forecast. In their first home series since the club’s renaming, the Guardians had just six hits and four runs over the weekend in a three-game sweep against San Francisco.

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