LEADING OFF: Indians aim for 23rd win in row, Price to ‘pen
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
The record-breaking Indians try for their 23rd straight win when they host Kansas City. Cleveland already has set the AL mark for the longest winning streak ever and now owns the second-best success string in major league history. Next up is the all-time record of 26 in a row by the 1916 New York Giants. Trevor Bauer (16-8) starts for the Indians – he’s won nine straight decisions, and will aim to tie for the big league lead in victories. Jason Vargas (15-10) pitches for the Royals.
David Price is back with the AL East-leading Red Sox, but not in his usual role. The left-hander, in Year Two of a seven-year, $217 million deal with Boston, was activated from the disabled list Thursday and will work out of the bullpen for now. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner also started the season on the disabled list and is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA in 11 starts. He hasn’t made a regular season relief appearance since 2010.
After being mired in third place for much of the year, the Cardinals have a chance to jump atop the NL Central this weekend at Wrigley Field. St. Louis has won 11 of 14 and can catch Chicago with a sweep in the three-game series. Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez (11-10, 3.33 ERA), who’s 1-1 with a 3.19 ERA in four career starts at Wrigley, pitches against John Lackey (11-11, 4.65) in the opener.
FISH OUT OF WATER
The Marlins will open a three-game series against the Brewers that was moved from Marlins Park to Milwaukee because of Hurricane Irma. Miami had lost four in a row and 14 of 16 entering Thursday night’s game in Philadelphia, and it won’t play its first true home game since Irma until Monday against the Mets. Family members have accompanied the team on its trip, and they’re expected to go to Milwaukee as well.
PAX IS BACK
James Paxton is set to return from the disabled list to start the opener of Seattle’s series at Houston. Paxton has been out since early August with a strained left pectoral muscle, but he had won seven consecutive decisions before going down. It’s a familiar story for the Canadian left-hander. He has been on the DL three times since the start of August 2016, but in 29 starts over that span, he’s 15-5 with a 2.93 ERA.
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