LEADING OFF: Cubs check Bryant, Nats still rolling vs Astros
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
The Cubs will see how Kris Bryant is feeling, a day after he was hit by a pitch in the left hand and exited the game. The MVP was nicked in the ninth inning, and left-hander Anthony Rizzo shifted across the diamond from first base to make his first career appearance at third. Bryant will likely miss the NL Central leaders’ game at Cincinnati.
NL East-leading Washington is once again making things tough on the Astros. The Nationals beat Houston for the ninth straight time Tuesday night, a winning streak that dates to 2012. Edwin Jackson will try to help the Nats make it 10 in a row when he starts on the road vs. Mike Fiers and the AL West leaders.
Indians ace Corey Kluber, who is 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA at home this season, faces Boston in a matchup of division leaders. Drew Pomeranz was pitches for the Red Sox – the left-hander was forced to leave his last start in the fourth inning with back spasms.
Left-hander Mike Montgomery returns to the Cubs’ rotation, filling in for the injured Jon Lester. It’ll be Montgomery’s ninth start of a season that’s seen him move back-and-forth between roles for Chicago. In his last appearance on Aug. 17, he threw 4 1/3 shutout innings in relief against the Reds. The Cubs envision him as a starter long-term, but have used him to supplement the rotation and the bullpen this season.
ON THE MEND
Mets All-Star closer Jeurys Familia is expected to pitch for Class A Brooklyn, a day after throwing a hitless inning for the Cyclones. He could rejoin the Mets this weekend in Washington. Familia has been out since May following surgery for a blood clot in his shoulder.