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Trey Mancini details cancer treatment process, hopes to play in 2020 with delayed season

Trey Mancini details cancer treatment process, hopes to play in 2020 with delayed season

It's been about a week since Trey Mancini shared his stage-III colon cancer diagnosis in a Players' Tribune piece, so the Orioles star checked in Tuesday to provide an update on how his treatment has gone.  

Trey Mancini detailed his cancer treatment and said he hoped to return to the field during baseball’s postponed season in a new interview with ESPN's John Buccigross this week. 

"I feel kind of tired I'd say and maybe a little queasy for a few days, and then by the time the weekend comes I usually feel much better," Mancini said. "And I try to take advantage of that off-week and work out a little bit and start doing some things to try to keep my strength up."

Mancini said his treatment began on April 14 and is scheduled to go on every other Monday, meaning his next one will be May 12. There are 12 total treatments and May 12 will be his third. Mancini's last treatment is scheduled treatment for September 14.

The type of treatment he's receiving is infusion chemotherapy. He already had surgery to remove the tumor in his colon, but the infusion is used to kill any other cancer cells that may have escaped before the operation took place. 

"Even though the doctor was able to remove the whole tumor you never know if any of the cells can escape to anywhere else," he said. "So it's almost like an insurance chemo."

The coronavirus pandemic has made Mancini's experience different from just about anyone else who's gone through chemotherapy. Social distancing laws make it so he has to go to the hospital alone and use extra caution while he's there. 

Mancini understood the importance of keeping the hospital as clear as possible, so in his case, there's a silver lining to take away from the pandemic. With the 2020 regular season delayed, Mancini has a better chance to return to the field either toward the end of his treatments or shortly thereafter. 

"I know the treatments can take a toll on you more and more as they go on, but I think there's a chance especially if I can keep working out throughout all this and keep my strength up, I think a good goal would be appearing in a game," he said. "Especially if the season were to be extended. That would probably help my chances too. 

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Orioles' 60-game 2020 season begins with Opening Day on the road in Boston

Orioles' 60-game 2020 season begins with Opening Day on the road in Boston

Baseball is coming.

Major League Baseball announced its 2020 schedule on Monday evening, as each of the league's 30 clubs found out their 60-game slate for this year's pandemic-shortened season. For the Baltimore Orioles, that means an away date with the Boston Red Sox when the sport returns.

Baltimore will travel to Boston for a three-game series with rival Red Sox, starting on Friday, July 24, to begin its 2020 season. After a quick two-game series with the Miami Marlins following their weekend series in Boston, Baltimore returns home for an eight-game homestand beginning with the team's home opener on July 29 against Miami.

The Orioles are scheduled for a 10-game homestand from August 14-23, hosting series with the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.

However, the O's will head on the road for over a week immediately after, as Baltimore will play seven consecutive games away from Camden Yards from August 25-31.

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The New York Yankees, arguably Baltimore's toughest opponent this season, first come to Baltimore on August 3 for a three-game series. Baltimore will have an extended stay in New York from September 8-13, as they are scheduled for a two-game series with the Mets before a four-game set with the Yankees.

Baltimore's season will conclude with two road series, beginning in Boston from September 22-24 before traveling to Toronto from September 25-27.

You can see the full schedule below:

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Masahiro Tanaka hit in the head off a comebacker from Giancarlo Stanton

Masahiro Tanaka hit in the head off a comebacker from Giancarlo Stanton

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka took a scary line drive off of his head during the Yankees practice on Saturday. 

The comebacker came from the bat of the hard-hitting Giancarlo Stanton at Yankee Stadium. Tanaka was throwing a simulated game during the team's first day back together for practice at 'Training Camp 2.0.'

Below is the video of the 31-year-old right-hander being struck. Warning: the video is graphic.

According to multiple reports, Tanaka was on the ground for roughly five minutes and immediately attended to by New York's training staff. Afterward, Tanaka was able to walk to the dugout with some assistance. 

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The team announced Tanaka is alert, responsive and was sent to a local hospital for further evaluation and testing.

The six-year veteran has spent his entire United States baseball career with the Yankees. Last year he posted a disappointing 11-9 record and a 4.45 ERA. He is expected to be the Bronx Bombers' No. 2 starter behind offseason acquisition Gerrit Cole.

Already the Yankees lost one starting pitcher this season as Luis Severino underwent Tommy John surgery in the spring.

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