Hamels’ impressive streak of at least 30 starts in nine consecutive seasons is toast, a big blow to a Rangers team coming off back-to-back AL West titles and expected to contend for a third in a row.
The Red Sox are giving new meaning to the term, running one out.
The team will host a full marathon inside Fenway Park on Sept. 15 to benefit the Red Sox Foundation, which is the team’s charity that assists children, veterans, families and communities throughout New England.
The marathon, all 26.2 miles of it, will consist of 112 laps around the warning track at Fenway Park and will be limited to 50 participants, who each have to raise at least $5,000 to go toward the team’s charity. The team will give prizes, including Green Monster seats, to the top three fundraisers.
The Red Sox have long been supporters of the annual Boston Marathon.
Spectators will be allowed into Fenway Park to watch the September race, which will have a six-hour cut-off time.
That’s some inside-the-parker.
Hernandez has been one of MLB’s best and most reliable starters — 10 consecutive years of at least 30 starts before making only 25 last year, with a 3.18 ERA in those 11 seasons — but he left his start in Detroit after just two innings and landed on the DL the next day. He hasn’t pitched since, but has started the rehab process. Don’t expect the Mariners to rush him.