Happ slams 413-foot homer in MLB debut

With the Cubs dropping a 5-3 decision to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, Maddon remained stuck on 999 career wins in his managerial career with the then-California and Anaheim Angels (on an interim basis), Tampa Bay Rays and the Cubs. “Probably some of the best stuff I’ve featured this year”. It is the largest ever baseball crowd at Busch Stadium III.It’s likely Kris Bryant will be able to play for the Cubs after missing the first two games of the series because of a stomach illness.Meanwhile, Chicago fans are waiting for the weather to warm up and for their team to come out of their World Series hibernation.”I have so much faith and confidence in him and his methods”, Maddon said. They’re inexperienced. They’re going look bad sometimes. Chasing pitches over our head, in the dirt. “They’re going to keep getting better, and it really speaks well for the future”.Molina capped arguably St. Louis’ crispest game of the year with a solo homer off reliever Brian Duensing in the eighth, notching his first two-homer game since August 21, 2011, also against the Cubs. It’s nice to have a player like that here.Second base umpire Mike Everitt determined Happ slide into second base illegally, and awarded the Cardinals the inning-ending double play. “It has nothing to do with safety and protecting the middle infielder”.Joe Maddon and Jon Lester have come out hard against MLB’s slide rule after it cost them a run in the fifth inning of yesterday’s loss against the Cardinals.Contreras, who had 12 home runs in 2016, hit solo homers in the second and fourth innings. He slid three inches past the bag, and we got a double play.There’s not an easy fix, just like with the plethora of issues regarding the plate blocking rule, but baseball’s heart is in the right place.The rule was meant for guys doing dirty slides, sliding late, taking guys out. There’s nothing wrong with that slide – whatsoever.Willy Garcia, Leury Garcia and Yolmer Sanchez added RBI hits as the White Sox earned their second straight win after a six-game slide. Justin Bour homered for the Marlins, who have lost 14 of 17. I told him in the dugout, ‘Next time you do the exact same thing’.”He was ready to hit”, Leake said of Contreras. While he is listed as an outfielder and will man right field in Jason Heyward’s immediate absence, he played second base in college and has played many positions through the years since being drafted in the first round out of Cincinnati.Happ explained his side of it. Lester’s velocity is down slightly from last season, and his walks are up a bit, but nothing to get too alarmed about. If you can’t hold onto the bag, that’s interference.”He’s very calm and a confident young man”, said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. That had a tremendous impact on today’s game where outs are rewarded based on a fabricated rule. I totally, absolutely disagree with that. I just think you’re all of a sudden going to see something’s going to click and he’s going to be back close to where he had been. “I’m just trying to make sure I’m ready”. There was no malicious intent whatsoever.