LEADING OFF: Minor league opening day, Dodgers’ May needs TJ

From the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp to the Tri-City Dust Devils, minor league teams are set to host opening day across the country following more than a year of uncertainty and empty ballparks. Much has changed since the end of the 2019 campaign. The pandemic wiped out the entire 2020 season, Major League Baseball eliminated 40 affiliates, and Commissioner Rob Manfred instituted experimental rules changes that will differ by level in an effort to speed up play and improve player safety. Meanwhile, Dodgers pitcher Dustin May needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season.