BEGINNING: MLB investigates Anderson-Donaldson incident

A glimpse of what’s happening around the majors today:

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MLB SURVEY

Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson has accused Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson of making a racist remark during Saturday’s game and Major League Baseball is looking into the incident.

Anderson, one of the leading black voices in sports, said Donaldson asked him, “What’s up, Jackie?” – a reference to Jackie Robinson, the Hall of Famer who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

“I don’t think it was necessary,” Anderson said after New York’s 7-5 win at Yankee Stadium.

Donaldson is white and said he used Robinson’s name but didn’t mean he was disrespectful.

Donaldson said he had “joked” with the All-Star shortstop in the past using the same reference and mentioned a 2019 interview in which Anderson told Sports Illustrated, “I kinda feel like Today’s Jackie Robinson…because he changed the game, and I feel like I’m getting to a point where I have to change the game.”

“My sense of that is not a term trying to be racist by any fact,” Donaldson said.

Donaldson and Anderson dropped multiple times in the past week.

The White Sox and Yankees are expected to see each other for the last time in the regular season with a doubleheader.

KEEP IT IN THE PARK

Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 4.32 ERA) looks to rebound after dropping a barrage of long balls as he enters the final of a four-game series against the Mariners at Fenway Park.

Hard pitcher Eovaldi became just the third pitcher in MLB history to be scored for five home runs in one inning in a loss to Houston last Tuesday, joining Toronto’s Chase Anderson (Sept. 17, 2020, vs. Yankees) and Michael Blazek of Milwaukee (July 28, 2017, v. Nationals).

Right-hander Logan Gilbert (4-2, 2.40) is expected to leave for Seattle. He was AL pitcher of the month in April, going 3-0 in four starts with a 0.40 ERA.

The Mariners also signed four-time star outfielder Justin Upton on Saturday. Cut by the Angels ahead of Opening Day, Upton, 34, will report for extended spring training in Peoria, Arizona.

NO STORM

Manny Machado and the surging San Diego Padres embark on a three-game sweep against NL West rival San Francisco.

Prized rookie MacKenzie Gore (2-1, 2.17 ERA) is making his sixth major league start for the Padres and first since May 9. He pitched three scoreless relief innings in his last outing Tuesday at Philadelphia.

Giants left-hander Alex Wood (3-2, 3.93) is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 17 appearances, including 11 starts, against San Diego.

The Padres have won three in a row and five of six. San Francisco, the defending division champion, has lost three in a row after winning eight of 10.

The series opener heated up Friday night, when fans threw at least one baseball and a beer bottle down the field at Padres left fielder Jurickson Profar. After the game, he called the crowds at Giants games “the worst in the league”.

BASEBALL BRUNCH

Paul Goldschmidt brings a 14-game hitting streak and a 28-game scoreless streak to St. Louis’ early start in Pittsburgh. The slugger went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Cardinals over the Pirates 5-4 on Saturday night.

The three-game series finale kicks off at 11:35 a.m. to host Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. This will be the first game played in Pittsburgh since the Pirates hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers at 10:05 a.m. on July 4, 1987 at Three Rivers Stadium.

Cardinals designated hitter Albert Pujols has played in 2,992 career games. With his next, he will pass Willie Mays for ninth in major league history.

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