1. Giancarlo Stanton hit the first home run of the 2020 season and the New York Yankees went on to beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Thursday night in a rain shortened game on opening day.
2. Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers scheduled starter for opening night, was placed on the injured list with back stiffness and right-hander Dustin May was recalled.
3. Paraclete has reached an agreement to open the season at home against JSerra.
4. MLB has expanded the playoffs for the 2020 season to 16 teams. All second place teams in the six divisions will now qualify for the playoffs.
5. Nationals outfielder Juan Soto tested positive for the coronavirus and missed Thursday night’s opener. Soto will now quarantine and will need two negative tests before he can return to the field.
6. Mike Tyson is making plans for a comeback and will fight Roy Jones Jr. in an eight round exhibition on September 12.
7. The NFL team formerly known as the Washington Redskins has announced it will call itself the “Washington Football Team” throughout the upcoming season as it continues to finalize a replacement name.
8. The Dodgers signed outfielder Mookie Betts to a 12-year, $365 million extension.
9. Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez said the school could lose more than $100 million if the upcoming football season is canceled.
10. Arroyo will host Sierra Vista in Week 1 when the season gets underway in January. The schools agreed to a two-year contract.