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What’s Bruin, 7/26/20: Bruins all across professional sports’ restarts

Former UCLA stars have made their long-awaited pro debuts for the 2020 season

Seattle Storm Media Day Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

The UCLA Bruins have long since been a major producer in terms of student-athletes making the professional leap in their respective sports. While we had to wait quite a bit longer for pro sports to return this year, the year of the coronavirus pandemic amid other national news stories, the world has returned to at least a small semblance of normalcy with Major League Baseball and the Women’s National Basketball Association returning to regular-season action this past week. The National Women’s Soccer League as well as the Major League Soccer’s MLS Is Back Tournament have also seen the return of pro sports this month, but of the ‘big four’ sports in North America, the MLB certainly took major headlines this week.

While the National Basketball Association has their regular season slated to start this week as well, the former Bruins have dominated the re-openings of sport as five Bruins opened the WNBA season on rosters and 10 UCLA alum suited up on MLB Opening Day rosters.

We take a trip around the horn to see just how those players have fared in their 2020 season debuts and hear from the local, state and national beat writers for each respective sport. Welcome to What’s Bruin, pro-style for July 26, 2020:

10 UCLA Alums suit up as players, managers on Opening Day

Five Bruin Alumnae represented on WNBA rosters

Jordan Canada scores 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists in season debut

Canada & Seattle Storm win big — WATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

Monique Billings, Atlanta Dream open season on CBS Sports Network

Kennedy Burke scores 2 points in WNBA 2020 debut vs Washington Mystics

Trevor Bauer set to make 2020 debut vs Detroit Tigers

Canning, elbow pass test before season

ESPN commentators criticize Kapler’s choice to pull Brandon Crawford

Giants’ Brandon Crawford: Not starting Saturday

SF Giants’ Tyler Heineman tasked with bridging the gap from Buster Posey to Joey Bart

Giants’ Tyler Heineman appreciates opportunity to suit up in absence of Posey, Bart

Orioles select Pat Valaika, place John Means on IL