July 21, 2020 11:07
Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays will start the season opener for his new club as Major League Baseball finally opens on Thursday after a long delay due to the coronavirus lockdown.
In an interview with local media on Sunday, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Ryu will start the opening game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday.
He also started the season opener for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year.
Ryu is expected to face his compatriot Choi Ji-man of the Rays in Friday's game, as Choi is most likely to be the starting first baseman.
MLB.com on Sunday said, "He won't have time to run out of gas this year. He might be the platonic ideal of a 60-game starter."
Ryu should be able to start about 15 games this season if he does not get injured.
The MLB season has been reduced from the regular 162 games to 60 games for each team due to the coronavirus epidemic.
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