LEADING OFF: Baseball gets 1st 9-inning twinbills since 2019

Apr 18, 2022, 12:23 PM | Updated: Apr 19, 2022, 12:47 am
Houston Astros' Jose Altuve reacts after legging out an infield single in the bottom of the eighth ...

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve reacts after legging out an infield single in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Houston. (Kevin M. Cox/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

(Kevin M. Cox/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

              Los Angeles Dodgers' Freddie Freeman loses his helmet as gets ready to score on a double by Trea Turner during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Monday, April 18, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
              New York Yankees' Aaron Judge walks back to the dugout after he struck out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 5-0. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
              Los Angeles Dodgers' Freddie Freeman, center, poses with former teammates Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, second from right, and hitting coach Kevin Seitzer along with members of his family after receiving the Silver Slugger award prior to a baseball game Monday, April 18, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
              Los Angeles Dodgers' Freddie Freeman, left, hits a solo home run as Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud watches during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 18, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
              The Ukrainian flag is display in solidarity during opening ceremonies before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, April 15, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
              Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) works in the first inning during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Tuesday’s schedule will feature two doubleheaders — the first in the majors this season and the first twinbills of nine-inning games since Sept. 28, 2019.

Major League Baseball used seven-inning doubleheaders in 2020 and ’21 amid rules changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but did away with the shortened games for this season.

There were 31 scheduled doubleheaders on the calendar when the lockout-delayed season began, but these first two twinbills were added because of weather. Arizona’s game at Washington and San Francisco’s game at the New York Mets were postponed Monday because of rain.

The Diamondbacks and Nationals will play a split doubleheader with the first game at 1:05 p.m., while the Giants and Mets’ conventional doubleheader will start at 3:10 p.m.

The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox played the most recent twinbill of nine-inning games on the penultimate day of the 2019 season. Host Chicago won the opener 7-1 and lost the second game 4-3.


Second baseman Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros are hoping for good news from the doctor after the seven-time All-Star exited Monday night’s 8-3 win over the Angels in the eighth inning with a strained left hamstring.

Altuve, the 2017 AL MVP, beat out an infield single and then fell past first base. He sat on the ground and threw down his batting helmet as he winced in pain.

“We’ll have more answers (Tuesday),” manager Dusty Baker said. “He will see the doctor. I can say that.”

Altuve said he would have tests done, but wasn’t sure exactly what those would be.

“I’m actually feeling better than what I was expecting, but we’ll see tomorrow,” he said.


The Yankees don’t have any single-digit jersey numbers left, but their scoring is stuck there.

In 10 games this season, New York has scored 6, 4, 3, 0, 4, 4, 3, 1, 5 and 0 runs.

That adds up to 30, the Yankees’ second-lowest run total through 10 games since the American League adopted the designated hitter in 1973. New York has managed a 5-5 record.

The Yankees totaled 26 runs through 10 games in 1977, but that season worked out OK for them: The team went on to win the World Series.


Perhaps pitching in his hometown of Los Angeles — and against former teammate Freddie Freeman — will fire up Atlanta lefty Max Fried, who is seeking his first win of the season.

Fried, who wore No. 32 in high school to honor Sandy Koufax while pitching at LA’s Harvard-Westlake School, is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts this season. He takes the mound for the Braves against Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler (1-0, 3.38).

Although wins by starting pitchers get less attention than they used to, Fried’s record from 2019-21 was an eye-popping 38-13. He’s 40-20 in his career with a 3.40 ERA.

Freeman hit his first home run in a Dodgers uniform — against his old team, no less — to help Los Angeles beat the Braves 7-4 on Monday night for its seventh consecutive victory. He also made an excellent defensive play at first base and finished 1 for 3 with two runs and two walks.

Before the game, an emotional Freeman spent time in the Atlanta clubhouse, reliving memories of winning last year’s World Series, the franchise’s first championship since 1995. He signed a $162 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers in March, ending a 12-year run with the Braves, the only team the Southern California native had played for.

“It was a special day,” Freeman said, “one I’ll always remember.”


Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is scheduled to start an injury rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett at Jacksonville. It will be his first game since July 10, when he tore his right ACL against Miami.


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LEADING OFF: Baseball gets 1st 9-inning twinbills since 2019