Leading: Around Juneteenth MLB and Father’s Day

Take a look at what’s happening around the Major on Sunday:



The nation’s latest federal holiday is being celebrated in a variety of ways this weekend at Major League Baseball parks.

The first 10,000 fans attending the Angels-Mariners game at T-Mobile Park will receive a replica hat from the 1946 Seattle Steelheads, a team from the Negro Leagues. The Mariners wore the Steelheads jersey in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday.

Louis-Boston games at Fenway Park were to receive a Red Sox jersey in the Juneteenth colors featuring the Juneteenth flag.

At PNC Park, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Geany, who is black, threw the first pitch on Saturday before the Pirates hosted the Giants.

Juneteenth remembers the date when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. The Declaration was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, and declared free all enslaved people in the Confederate states. Some of the newly liberated people were not aware of their independence until they arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, to implement the American Major General Gordon Granger Declaration.

Thanks Dad

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will have family on his mind — and on his feet — on Father’s Day in Toronto.

Boone plans to wear a pair of special shoes for the series finale against the Blue Jays. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist Andy Friedman, the shoes feature images of Boone’s grandfather, father, and brother, all of whom have also played big league baseball.

“I was like ‘How about making it a family theme for me?’ Get in baseball with your family and your kids,” Boone said. “They took it from there and made it and it’s great.”

The design also includes images of Boone’s own children.

well managed

The White Sox and Astros play a three-game set rubber match – and it’s also a major one for managers Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker.

The longtime captains are 105-105 against each other in regular-season games since they first faced each other in 1996. Chicago is also set to host Houston for four games in August, but with 77-year-old La Russa possibly on the hot seat for struggling Chicago, it could be his final matchup with 73-year-old Baker.

Another 10 right?

The Yankees are on a streak of their second win of at least 10 games this season as they send Gerrit Cole down the mound against Toronto. New York have won nine straight and 16 of 17, closing in on their season high of 11 straight victories set from April 22 to May 3.

Cole (6-1, 3.33) played six innings in a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay on his previous start. He would oppose Blue Jays left-hander Yui Kikuchi (2-3, 4.80).

Most welcome

Cleveland ace Shane Bieber, who hails from Southern California, pitches at Dodger Stadium for the first time in the wrapup of the three-match series.

Bieber grew up an hour south of Chavez Ravin in Laguna Hills and attended Cal-Santa Barbara. He said that he had only been to a few Dodgers games while growing up.

“I’ve heard a lot about atmosphere. I know the history,” said 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner Bieber. “I’m excited to experience it for the first time and add it to my resume.”

Bieber (3-3, 3.01 ERA) is part of an ever-increasing Eudarian team, having won five and 14 of their last 17 on Saturday.

Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez missed Saturday’s play due to a pain in his right thumb. He will re-examine it before the series finale. He leads the American League with 62 RBIs.

Lucky Logan

Seattle right-hander Logan Gilbert has a chance to join the major league leaders in eight wins when he faces Mike Trout and the Visiting Angels.

Gilbert (7-2) has won three straight decisions, including his last outing against Minnesota, when he bowled six shutout innings.

In his last four starts, Gilbert has 1.44 ERAs and 21 strikeouts in 25 innings. In his 13 starts, he has scored more than three runs earned only once and has played at least five innings in each start.

The 25-year-old is in his second full season and was AL pitcher of the month in April.


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