Eric Sogard

LEADING OFF: New jerseys across majors, Jones back in Boston

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

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BRIGHT IDEA

Uniforms, bats and spikes will have a different look across the big leagues this weekend. Major League Baseball has relaxed the rules for a few days, so players can put nicknames on their jerseys. It'll be "Bringer of Rain" for Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson, "Kiiiiid" for Angels star Mike Trout and "Nerd Power" for Milwaukee infielder Eric Sogard. MLB wants players to show their personalities, so fans will also see bright colors for bats, cleats and catcher's masks. At Yankee Stadium, this marks quite a break from tradition — the pinstriped uniforms never include any...

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