After being diagnosed with colon cancer last month, Baltimore Orioles star Trey Mancini does not expect to play in 2020 if MLB gets under way. 

In a story he wrote for The Players' Tribune on Tuesday, the 28-year-old Mancini revealed he has stage three colon cancer and will receive chemotherapy every two weeks for six months. 

He said he had a port put in his chest on April 6 so the drugs can run into his body during chemotherapy. 

"If baseball returns in 2020, it will probably be without me," Mancini wrote. 

The season is yet to commence with the league suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mancini made his MLB debut in 2016 and appeared in five games for the Orioles before finishing third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2017 when he hit .293 with 24 home runs and 78 RBIs in 147 games. 

He was the best player on a dismal Orioles team that finished 54-108 last season, setting career highs with 35 homers and 97 RBIs while batting .291 in 154 games.

"I have no doubt that, even when I'm doing chemo, I can work out and do some things," Mancini said. "So, whenever the time comes for me to come back to baseball, I'll be ready. 

"But I just want to make sure that I am physically fine before I go out there and start trying to perform again at a major league level.

"I've got other things to worry about right now, though. I know that. But still, every once in a while I catch myself thinking ahead – to when chemo is over, to when they remove my port, to when I can start going full-speed again.

"And I already can't wait for spring training."

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis said he is "ready to roll right now", with the MLB postponed due to coronavirus.

The MLB season was scheduled to get underway on March 26, but it has been pushed back amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 42,100 lives.

Davis has struggled for form since winning his second home run title in 2015 but the former All-Star and Silver Slugger is raring to go.

"I honestly feel like I'm still ready to roll right now," Davis said in a conference call on Tuesday.

"Baseball is obviously a huge part of my life, a huge part of a lot of people's lives, but right now the most important thing is to deal with this virus and put it past us," Davis said.

"I'm looking forward to getting things rolling, but right now we're just in that idle waiting period."

Last season, Davis appeared in 105 games, tallying 12 home runs, 26 runs and 55 hits for the Orioles.

He was batting .467 in spring training, with three home runs in nine games.

"It was nice to see some results and to have a little bit of peace of mind that what I was doing this offseason really worked," the 34-year-old said. "For me, that was a positive – confirmation to know that I could come back home and continue what I was doing and not make any adjustments.

"I feel like I'm still swinging the bat just as well as I was when the games ended, and I look forward whenever we can start back up."

The Nationals now have a crucial advantage in the National League wild-card game following their 10-7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Saturday's victory against the already-eliminated Indians, the Nationals will host the MLB playoff contest at the beginning of October.

Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam in a whopping nine-run second inning to highlight the triumph, which is Washington's seventh consecutive win.

"I don't have to go home and pack," manager Dave Martinez said after the game, via ESPN. "Nice to stay at home. The boys wanted to stay at home, so they came out and swung the bats."

Nationals star Parra finished two of four for the night, along with Ryan Zimmerman, while Daniel Hudson earned the win after pitching one hitless inning.

 

Mets rookie Alonso sets record

Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run on Saturday, which is more than any rookie in MLB history – surpassing Aaron Judge's record set in 2017. The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Houston Astros star Justin Verlander struck out his 3,000th batter to become just the 18th pitcher to reach the milestone.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their 105th win. He allowed five hits while striking out seven in the 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

 

Rays struggle against Jays

The Tampa Bay Rays recorded only three hits in a 4-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays had seven starters lay goose eggs, including Austin Meadows, Jesus Aguilar and Nate Lowe, who all went 0 for four.

Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in just three innings of work in the Detroit Tigers' 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Detroit split the doubleheader after a 4-3 victory.

 

Soler homers… again

What else do you expect from Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler? (P.S. This was his second home run of the game.)

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar has power and speed.

 

Saturday's results

Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 7-1 Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Washington Nationals 10-7 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 3-0 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-6 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 9-4 New York Yankees
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros 6-3 Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics 1-0 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Brewers at Rockies

Sunday marks the last day of the regular season and there is a lot at stake. One of the biggest games will be a must-win contest for the Brewers. They trail the Cardinals by one game after losing on Saturday. A Brewers win along with a Cardinals loss will put the two teams in a tie for first place in the NL Central, which would force Game 163. That is not all. The Rays are hoping for a win of their own, and an A's loss, to force a tie-breaker to decide who gets home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game.

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