HOUSTON — Heralded outfield prospect Kyle Tucker made his big-league debut Saturday for the Astros http://www.bearsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-joel-iyiegbuniwe-jersey , a move that not only has implications for Tucker but two other outfielders.|
With Tucker, who finished 1-for-4 with a bases-loaded walk and three strikeouts in the Astros’ 12-6 win, in the fold, outfielder Tony Kemp will see a reduction in his playing time despite providing a spark for the Astros (60-31) since his mid-May recall. Kemp has a slash line of .295/.385/.410 over 40 games.
Outfielder Jake Marisnick, meanwhile, was optioned to Triple-A Fresno for a second time on the same night he delivered another sparkling play in center field.
Marisnick was batting .190 with 69 strikeouts in 163 plate appearances.
“It was hard for Jake, and it should be,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s had a roller-coaster season going up and down. The first go-round he was really needing to go correct some things. The second go-around he was doing a lot better and things were out of his control a little bit as to him going down to Triple-A. There are still some offensive adjustments we want him to make.
“(Kemp) came up and won the right to stay in the big leagues. When a transaction happens, we talk a lot about the guy we sent down but the guy that we kept earned the right to be here. I’m very proud of what Tony has contributed to this team, and it hasn’t always been fair to him the last couple of years.”
Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (5-8, 4.12 ERA) will start the series finale against the White Sox. He has posted three quality starts in his last four outings, going 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA and 21 strikeouts across 24 1/3 innings during that stretch.
Keuchel is 3-4 with a 3.81 ERA over eight career starts against the White Sox including a 10-1 win on April 21 when he worked six innings and allowed one run on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Right-hander Lucas Giolito (5-7, 6.93 ERA) gets the starting nod for Chicago (30-59). He is 2-3 with a 7.50 ERA in his last eight starts, allowing five runs or more four times.
Giolito will make his third career start against the Astros Tanner Lee Color Rush Jersey , against whom he is 0-2 with an 11.42 ERA. He was charged with nine runs on five hits and seven walks opposite Keuchel on April 21 and suffered the loss in his previous appearance at Minute Maid Park on Sept. 19, 2017, when he allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-1 loss.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was back in the starting lineup Saturday and finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts after sitting out the previous game to manage the soreness in his left forearm. Anderson was hit by a pitch in Thursday’s series opener.
Anderson has become a fixture in the eight-hole when Chicago faces a right-handed starter, a move designed to help amplify the depth of the White Sox lineup and provide additional opportunities atop the batting order for fellow infielders Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez.
“If you look at the lineup it just lengthens out (and) allows us to put him and keep him there,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said of Anderson. “As long as he stays comfortable there he helps us there quite a bit. Picks up the back end of the lineup and I think we’ve gotten some benefits out of it.”
With a few shorts blasts of a horn, the intricate steel structure came to life. Slowly, the eight mammoth pods above Mercedes-Benz Stadium began to slide along railroad-like tracks, revealing the towering downtown skyline off to the east, the glimmering gold dome of the state capitol to the south, and a brilliant blue sky sprinkled with puffy, white clouds overhead.Eight minutes later, it was fully open.
Nearly a year after the ballyhooed opening of the $1.5 billion stadium, the retractable roof finally is open for business.
"We never had any doubt that this was going to work," said Mike Egan James Washington Jersey Steelers , who oversaw construction of the stadium. "But to see it open 鈥?now I don't have to show up at cocktails and have people ask me about the roof anymore. That's what I'm most excited about."
A process that took far longer than expected 鈥?and produced plenty of ridicule about whether the complex, camera lens-like design would ever work 鈥?finally paid off Wednesday when stadium officials showed off the finished product.
The roof opened quicker than the projected 12 minutes in its original design, and only needed about seven minutes to close. Stadium officials also insisted that leaking issues, which embarrassingly turned up during last season's college football national championship game, had been corrected.
The massive project, which broke ground in May 2014, is officially completed.
That means this season's Super Bowl could be held with the roof open if the NFL deems the weather outside to be acceptable.
"It's working just exactly the way it's supposed to," Egan said. "We can't wait until the fans are in here. They're going to be blown away."
The first demonstration of the fully functioning roof for the general public is set for Sunday, when the NFL's Atlanta Falcons will hold a training camp practice at the stadium. Some 50,000 fans are expected.
Egan said he never had any doubts about the roof working, but additional modifications were needed after the stadium opened last August. That meant the roof has been closed for all but three events 鈥?last season's Falcons opener and two games for Major League Soccer's Atlanta United, who already have set numerous attendance records in their new home .
In essence, Egan said, more flexibility had to be built into the eight pods Nick Nelson Color Rush Jersey , each weighing roughly 500 tons, to ensure they didn't burn out the motors that power the process. He said the modifications added slightly to the already costly price tag, but would be paid for entirely by Falcons and United owner Arthur Blank, not by the taxpayers.
To mark the roof's belated completion, several dozen media members were taken to the top of the stadium 鈥?300 feet above the field 鈥?for a first-hand look at the unique structure.
The massive pods were remarkably quiet as they slid along a pair of tracks in perfect synchronization. Other than a warning horn that wailed at the beginning of the movements, the only other real sound atop the roof was a comforting breeze on a day when the temperature climbed near 90 degrees.
The views of the city were spectacular from up above, but this wasn't a perspective that fans will have on game day.
The media tour required a grueling hike to the top of the upper deck, two more climbs up a pair of metal staircases used by employees only, broken up a harrowing walk along a catwalk that would challenge anyone with a fear of heights.
At the end, there a steep, ladder-like staircase to navigate, akin to what one might find on a naval ship, to get through a small portal that opened up to the sprawling roof.
After plans were announced to build a new retractable-roof stadium to replace the Georgia Dome , which was only 25 years old Cheap Joe Namath Jersey , Mercedes-Benz Stadium was awarded three major events in its first three years.
This past January, Alabama defeated Georgia in an overtime thriller to win college football's national championship . The upcoming NFL season will conclude in Atlanta with the city's third Super Bowl. Finally, in 2020, the stadium will host the Final Four of men's college basketball.
In 2026, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is likely to be one of the prime venues for the world's biggest sporting event, soccer's World Cup . The winning bid submitted by the United States, Mexico and Canada included a provisional schedule with six games being played in Atlanta, including a semifinal.
Now, the stadium also has a roof that opens.
"This architectural icon that is coming online as of today, it's only going to take our fan experience to the next level," said Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of Blank's AMB Group. "We're really excited about what the future holds for Mercedes-Benz Stadium and all the big events we have planned over the coming months and the coming years."
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