LEADING OFF: All-Star break nears, teams try to stay healthy
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
It's the last day before the All-Star break, and teams are hoping their players stay healthy through one more game. Yoenis Cespedes, Craig Kimbrel, Dexter Fowler and Noah Syndergaard are among the guys who recently got hurt and will be out of action Tuesday night in San Diego.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner starts in the twilight at home against Arizona in the last scheduled matchup before the All-Star Game. San Francisco holds a comfortable lead over the Dodgers in the NL West.
NL batting leader Daniel Murphy has homered six times against the Mets this season – last year while playing for the Mets, he had a total of five home runs at the break. He gets one more chance to tag his former team when Washington plays at Citi Field.
AS CLOSE AS IT GETS
Mark Trumbo tops the majors with 28 home runs, and looks to boost his total when Baltimore faces Tim Lincecum and the visiting Angels. The Orioles lead the closest division race heading toward the break – they're up two games on Boston and Toronto.
WALK THIS WAY
Marlins righty Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.40) is scheduled to start against the Reds in Miami. He began the weekend tied for fifth in the majors with 48 walks, but manager Don Mattingly is pleased with his season so far.
''He has kept us in almost every game he has pitched,'' Mattingly said. ''He hangs in there. I call him effectively wild. He doesn't always hit his spot, but that's tough on the hitter, too.''