MLB Saturday scores, highlights, updates, news: Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson –

Saturday, April 15, 2017, marks the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s history-making and history-shaking major-league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers. By breaking the color barrier at the highest level, Robinson altered not only the game of baseball but also all of society. As a result of his perseverance, personal courage, strength, and on-field excellence, Mr. Robinson is rightly regarded as a baseball legend and a genuine American hero. 

Needless to say, Robinson’s legacy on Saturday was getting its proper respect all around baseball. 

First, though, here’s our daily look around the league post. Make sure you check back throughout the day Saturday for updates.

Saturday’s scores

Cardinals at Yankees (GameTracker)
Phillies at Nationals (GameTracker)
Orioles at Blue Jays (GameTracker)
Brewers at Reds (GameTracker)
White Sox at Twins (GameTracker)
Pirates at Cubs (GameTracker)

Baseball honors Jackie Robinson

Here’s a sampling of the many ways in which teams and players paid tribute to the great Jackie Robinson on Saturday … 

There was, of course, much more. 

Should Finnegan begin again?

Given that young, high-ceiling lefty Brandon Finnegan was a key part of the 2015 trade that sent Johnny Cueto to the Royals, the Reds have hopes for him. He brought a sparkling ERA into Saturday’s start against the Brewers, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

In his April 10 start against the Pirates, Finnegan walked five batters in two innings and spotted just 35 of his 69 pitches for strikes. Saturday against Milwaukee? Here’s how that went … 

It turns out that Finnegan was lifted because of a strained lat muscle. However, the bullpen was going while Finnegan was pitching in the first, which suggests that a quick hook may have already been in the works. After all, throwing just 10 strikes in 26 pitches will get you lifted in a hurry.

That he’s also lasted a total of just three innings in his last two starts tells you that he’s been ineffective and that manager Bryan Price may be losing patience. The Reds don’t have a great deal of rotation depth (having Scott Feldman and Bronson Arroyo in the rotation in 2017 is not indicative of depth), so they need Finnegan to right himself.

While the bullpen has been excellent and
Price has been highly creative
in how he’s deployed his best relievers, they need some volume from their starters. It’s April, you know, and then pen simply can’t sustain this workload. 

Beyond all that, Finnegan’s an important part of the Reds’ long-term future, and his development must be the priority. He has options left, so don’t be surprised if he soon finds himself on a lower rung should his utter lack of command and control persist. All of that, of course, assumes this injury isn’t a serious one. 

Quick hits

  • Astros SS Carlos Correa, contrary to recent reports, says he’s not necessarily opposed to a long-term extension in Houston. (Jake Kaplan via Twitter)
  • Yankees OF/DH Matt Holliday was scratched from Saturday’s lineup with lower back tightness.
  • Twins 2B Brian Dozier didn’t play Saturday because of what an MRI revealed was a right knee contusion.
  • In case you missed it, Miguel Cabrera on Friday night
    got a bit of revenge
    against Trevor Bauer and the Indians. 
  • Speaking of Friday,
    you need to see the catch
    that Cubs prospect Daniel Spingola made. 


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