LEADING OFF: Baseball gets back into full swing
A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday:
SONNY GRAY VS JON GRAY
No Gray area in this pitching matchup Friday — only shades of Gray.
Selected as an NL All-Star, Sonny didn’t get into the game Tuesday as the AL beat the NL 4-3. The right-hander is 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 17 starts this season. Jon is 9-6 with a 3.92 ERA spanning 19 appearances, including 18 starts.
BANGED UP CATCHER
The Cardinals placed catcher Yadier Molina on the injured list with a strained right thumb and activated infielder Matt Carpenter as part of a series of roster moves Thursday. St. Louis also brought up left-hander Chasen Shreve from Triple-A Memphis, optioned left-hander Tyler Webb and outfielder Rangel Ravelo to Memphis, and transferred pitcher Jordan Hicks to the 60-day IL update ahead of their series against Arizona beginning Friday night.
STREAKING AND A LOT OF KS
Astros All-Star right-hander Gerritt Cole (9-5) is the AL leader with 170 strikeouts and has won his past five decisions. In his previous start before the All-Star break, Cole threw seven scoreless innings and struck out nine Saturday night in a win over the Los Angeles Angels. His first post-break start comes in the second game of a four-game series against the AL West-rival Rangers. Cole has 29 strikeouts over 16 1/3 innings in three starts this season against Texas, but is 1-2 with a 6.61 ERA in those games. In his eight career starts against the Rangers, he is 4-2 with a 3.72 ERA and 78 strikeouts over 48 1/3 innings.