LEADING OFF: Induction Day at Hall, Greinke can boost streak
A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today:
It’s Induction Day at the Hall of Fame, where Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio will be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York. There figures to be a sizable crowd for the ceremony on the big field at the Clark Sports Center as Martinez joins Juan Marichal as the only Dominican Republic natives elected to the Hall.
All-Star ace Zack Greinke starts for the Dodgers, taking his scoreless streak of 43 2-3 innings into Citi Field to face the Mets. He returned from Los Angeles this weekend after being with his wife for the birth of their first child. The longest shutout streak is 59 innings by Orel Hershisher in 1988 for the Dodgers.
Toronto star Jose Bautista has reached base in 36 straight games against the Mariners, including 33 with a hit in a streak that began in July 2009. He could extend it as the Blue Jays close out their series at Safeco Field.
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All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis might return to Cleveland’s lineup after sitting out a start against the White Sox because of a stiff neck. Indians manager Terry Francona said Kipnis’ neck had been bothering him for a couple of days. The leadoff man is batting .324 with six homers, 38 RBIs and 11 steals.
The Tigers will learn more about Alfredo Simon’s condition, a day after he left a win at Fenway Park with what was termed ”a slight groin injury.” Simon exited in the seventh inning following a pitch. He later said he didn’t think he’d miss a start.