A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today:
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Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (12-3) makes his final start before heading to his first All-Star Game, where he could be named the NL starter. Cole is 7-1 with a 2.19 ERA in his last nine starts. He faces Lance Lynn (6-4) and the Cardinals.
SOUTH SIDE-NORTH SIDE
The Cubs and White Sox close out the first half with a Chicago rivalry series at Wrigley Field. White Sox rookie lefty Carlos Rodon (3-2) starts the opener against Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks (4-4). Rodon is limiting left-handed batters to a .209 average with no homers and 24 strikeouts.
ON A ROLL
Oakland’s Kendall Graveman (6-4) is 5-2 with a 1.78 ERA in nine starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on May 23. He faces Cleveland and Danny Salazar (7-4).
READY FOR REBOUND
Clay Buchholz gave up 10 runs – nine earned – in his lone start this season against the Yankees on April 12, and Boston quickly fell into last place in the AL East. Well, the right-hander had been terrific over his last 10 starts and the Red Sox have finally turned things around, winning eight of 10 and a season-high four in a row, moving 5 1/2 games back of division-leading New York. Alex Rodriguez is batting .474 with a homer and nine RBIs against Buchholz.