Brother vs. brother: Seagers face off for first time as Dodgers face Mariners

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first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I probably should apologize for that one,” Corey joked. “That’s honestly probably my fault this hasn’t happened sooner.“It’s going to be a lot of fun. I got to play with Justin in high school. Always grew up watching Kyle, always going to his games, going to (North) Carolina, going to the College World Series, experiencing a lot of cool things watching him play. It’ll be a lot of fun to share now on the field.”Fun for the brothers. Not so much for the rest of the family.“This is definitely going to be tough, I think, for them,” Kyle said, referring to their parents, Jeff and Jody, back in North Carolina. “It’s a pretty cool moment, but at the same time they’ve planned when to come out to spring training, when to do a lot of different things around this type of game. For this season being what it is and not allowing fans to be here, I think it’s definitely going to be hard not only for them but our whole family.“This is a pretty cool moment, but we certainly wish it was under different circumstances.”There is a bright side, Corey said, for the parents three time zones away trying to keep up on the careers of two sons playing for West Coast teams.“Fortunately they only have to use one TV today,” he said. “So they’re probably pretty happy about that. They don’t have to switch back and forth.”The Dodgers and Mariners meet in spring training each year and Kyle mentioned a photo the two brothers took before one of those exhibition games. They weren’t scheduled to meet during the regular season this year until the coronavirus pandemic forced MLB to rewrite its schedule, leaning on regional matchups to minimize travel.“It starts out excitement,” Kyle said of his reaction when he saw the four-game matchup (two in Los Angeles and two in Seattle this week) on the reworked schedule. “Me and Corey were both able to talk about that. You’re excited to get on the field with him, play against him obviously. Then it goes back to the same thing. We’re starting out here in L.A. My wife and kids would love to be here, my parents, my brother, aunts, uncles — a lot of people would like to be here I’m sure.“It’s kind of unfortunate with all this. You don’t get to do as much of a party, I guess, as it would have been.”According to STATS Inc., the Seager brothers became the 15th set of brothers to take the field against each other after both had made All-Star teams, the 12th to face off with both having hit at least 75 home runs in the major leagues and only the fourth to have won either a Gold Glove (Kyle at third base in 2014) or Silver Slugger Award (Corey at shortstop in 2016 and 2017) .Both brothers have a rooting interest in this matchup — each other.“That’s my brother. We’re obviously as competitive as you want to be. We’re still rooting for each other,” Kyle said.“I hope he goes out and has four hits tonight and we still win,” Corey said.ALSOEdwin Rios was placed on the injured list on Monday after injuring his left hamstring while running the bases during Sunday’s win in Anaheim. Lefty reliever Adam Kolarek was recalled from the alternate training site. …Roberts confirmed that right-hander Tony Gonsolin will make his third start of the season Tuesday against the Mariners. Gonsolin has yet to give up a run in 8 2/3 innings this season. With him starting Tuesday, the Dodgers will once again go with a six-man starting rotation temporarily, giving everyone five days’ rest between starts.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season “A, avocado,” he said confidently.A dispute ensued over who had actually won the $20 apparently offered by middle brother, Justin, to the brother who could first slip “avocado” into the press conference preceding the first on-field, regular-season meeting of the big-league Seagers.“Kyle was a very good antagonizer,” Corey said, offering a scouting report on growing up the youngest of three brothers. “Manipulation is a little harsh. But he’s very good at, especially our middle brother, knowing what buttons to push, knowing where to go, knowing how to go to get it going towards me.”Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager bats against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Almost seven years separate Kyle and Corey in age. Leagues — and timing — have separated them on the field.The Dodgers played the Mariners in interleague play in 2015 but Corey didn’t make his big-league debut until September, after they had played. The two teams met again in August 2018 but the youngest Seager was on the sidelines, recovering from surgeries on his hip and elbow. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire LOS ANGELES — Brothers, right?Sitting stage left in the interview room at Dodger Stadium on Monday afternoon, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager leaned forward and said the secret word into the microphone.“Avocado,” he said.A moment later, younger brother and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager answered the first question via Zoom from the media.last_img

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