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Why Collin McHugh doesn't have to pay Red Sox this season, per report

Why Collin McHugh doesn't have to pay Red Sox this season, per report

Unless Collin McHugh is a big spender, his wallet won't be lighter after the 2020 season than it is now.

The Boston Red Sox pitcher was one of several major league pitchers in a unique position: His 2020 contract, originally for $600,000 guaranteed, was prorated to $222,222 for Major League Baseball's 60-game season.

That's less than the $286,500 advance every MLB player with a guaranteed contract received in March, which means McHugh in theory would owe the Red Sox about $64,000 this year.

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In practice, though, McHugh won't have to pay up, based on a report Thursday from The Athletic's Evan Drellich:

Per Drellich, players in McHugh's position -- i.e. any MLB player making less than $774,000 this season on a guaranteed deal -- are off the hook, with teams drawing from an MLB-MLB Players Association "joint fund" to recoup their losses.

That's good news for the veteran right-hander, who came over from the Houston Astros in March and still is rehabbing from a non-surgical elbow procedure he had this offseason.

It's also a good sign for baseball, which still has several issues to hash out as it attempts to play the 2020 season but seemingly isn't getting hung up on contractual nuances like this one.

If all goes to plan, the Red Sox and MLB's 29 other teams will begin training camp July 1 in preparation for a July 23 or 24 start to the 2020 season.

Red Sox vs. Yankees highlights: Alex Verdugo homers, but Sox lose fifth straight

Red Sox vs. Yankees highlights: Alex Verdugo homers, but Sox lose fifth straight

FINAL SCORE: New York Yankees 10, Boston Red Sox 3

IN BRIEF: Alex Verdugo hit a solo home run, but the Red Sox couldn't get anything else going against Gerrit Cole on Friday night as Boston dropped Game 1 of its series in the Bronx. Sox opener Colten Brewer allowed four hits and three walks for two runs in 2.2 innings, and Ryan Brasier allowed three runs in relief including a bomb off the bat of Gary Sanchez.

Dylan Covey and Brandon Workman didn't fare any better as they allowed three and two runs respectively in the late innings.

Friday night's loss marked the Red Sox's fifth straight defeat.

BOX SCORE

RED SOX RECORD: 6-14

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HIGHLIGHTS

Torres gives Yanks early lead

Verdugo takes Cole deep

Sanchez launches one off Brasier

Frazier piles it on

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Mookie Betts' daughter has adorable reaction to his 3-home run game

Mookie Betts' daughter has adorable reaction to his 3-home run game

Mookie Betts gave the Boston Red Sox a reminder of what they've been missing with a historic performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night.

Betts crushed three home runs vs. the San Diego Padres for the sixth three-homer performance of his career, tying the MLB record.

The real star, though? That would be Betts' daughter, Kynlee. The 27-year-old shared an adorable video of Kynlee reacting to his home runs, and it's the most adorable thing you'll watch all day.

"My daughter Kynlee is watching me, I have no other choice but to wake up everyday and give it my all!" Betts captioned the Instagram video.

Watch below:


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It doesn't get any better than that.

Betts entered Friday night slashing .319/.380/.694 with seven homers through 19 games with L.A. Meanwhile, the hapless Red Sox are coming off an embarrassing 17-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays and a four-game series sweep.