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Yankees vs. Nationals score: Gerrit Cole wins debut in rain-shortened 2020 MLB opener



Yankees vs. Nationals score: Gerrit Cole wins debut in rain-shortened 2020 MLB opener

An MLB season unlike any other opened Thursday night at Nationals Park. The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals hosted the New York Yankees in Game 1 of this abbreviated 60-game season. 

The Yankees wasted no time giving Gerrit Cole, their new ace, some run support. The offense put consistent pressure on Max Scherzer and New York was holding a 4-1 lead when the umpires called for the tarp with one out in the top of the sixth inning. The rain never subsided and the game was called after a two-hour rain delay. The Yankees are 1-0 (box score).

Here are three takeaways from Opening Day as the Yankees beat the Nationals in a rain-shortened affair.

Cole dominates in Yankees debut

Adam Eaton, the second batter Cole faced as a Yankee, hit a 406-foot home run to right field. Not a great start! Cole quickly settled down though. The $324 million man retired 14 of the 16 batters he faced after the Eaton homer, and the two baserunners were a hit by pitch and a walk. Five of the 16 struck out.

Cole missed up with his fastball consistently the first two innings, a classic indication the pitcher is overthrowing, which suggests he was a little amped up in his first start as a Yankee. He soon settled down though and was dominant through five innings, limiting the Nationals to an 89 mph average exit velocity on 11 balls in play. Weak contact all night.

Cole is the seventh pitcher to make his Yankees debut as the Opening Day starter, joining Jack Chesbro (1903), Sad Sam Jones (1922), Jimmy Key (1993), Roger Clemens (1999), Randy Johnson (2005), and CC Sabathia (2009). He’s only the second Yankee to allow no more than one hit on Opening Day. Luis Severino did it in 2018.

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Big games for Judge and Stanton

Last season injuries limited Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to 120 games, including only 18 by Stanton. Had the 2020 season started on time, Judge and Stanton both would have been on the injured list on Opening Day. Judge was dealing with a fracture rib that dated back to last September and Stanton hurt his calf in March.

The shutdown gave both players time to heal and allowed them to be in the Opening Day lineup on Thursday. Judge recorded the season’s first hit with a solid single to left field in the first inning. Two batters later, Stanton took Max Scherzer deep for the season’s first home run and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead

The first homer of the new season was not a cheapie. Statcast says it traveled 459 feet and left Stanton’s bat at 112 mph. Judge’s single wasn’t too far behind at 108 mph. They made very loud contact in the first inning.

Their contributions did not stop there. Judge ripped a double to left field in the third inning, scoring the speedy Tyler Wade all the way from first base. Two innings after that Stanton poked a run-scoring single to right with the bases loaded to stretch New York’s lead to 4-1.

Judge and Stanton went a combined 4 for 6 with a double and a homer prior to the rain delay Thursday. The rest of the Yankees went 2 for 16 and one of the two hits was a bunt single.

Scherzer has worst Opening Day start

Five days ago Scherzer was hit hard by the Phillies in an exhibition game but said afterward he wasn’t concerned. “I got beat around a little bit, but that’s good,” he said. I wasn’t concerned either. A veteran pitcher like Scherzer knows what he has to do to prepare for the season.

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On Thursday night, Scherzer had a very hit or miss outing against the Yankees. The good: 11 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, including five strikeouts in the span of six batters at one point. The bad: four earned runs, or the same number he’d allowed in his previous four Opening Day starts combined (four earned runs in 28 1/3 innings). 

Scherzer faced 26 batters before the rain delay and 10 reached base. He allowed double-digit baserunners in only four of his 27 starts last season. The four walks tied his season high from last season, which he did only once.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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