“I absolutely loved it. Very happy that our fans — which you would expect from our fans — would acknowledge him like that. … Jake deserved it. Absolutely.”
— Cubs manager Joe Maddon, referring to the standing ovation that ex-Cub Jake Arrietta, now a Phillies pitcher, got at Wrigley Field when he came to bat on Monday.
GAME OF NUMBERS
ERA for Braves rookie lefthander Mike Soroka after he allowed one run and two hits in eight innings of a 4-1 win over the Giants on Monday.
Percent of plays in 2019 when the ball is not fielded because of a strikeout, walk or homer — a record so far.
That’s a relief
P • Texas
The Rangers reliever, 35, learned that two lumps removed from his throat last week were benign, and was activated from the 10-day injured list. Kelley. a righthander, is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.29 ERA in 14 appearances in his first season with Texas.