LEADING OFF: Longoria on HR binge, Astros try again vs Texas
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Tampa Bay star Evan Longoria homered in all four games of a weekend series at Minnesota, connecting twice on Sunday. He'll try to keep up his longball barrage when the Rays visit Arizona.
LONE STAR LOSSES
The Astros are 0-6 vs. Texas this season and have dropped 14 of the last 16 against their in-state rivals. Houston tries to break the skid when Mike Fiers opens a four-game set on the road against Rangers righty Colby Lewis.
Neil Walker plays at PNC Park for the first time since the Pirates traded him to the Mets last December. Born in Pittsburgh, the second baseman spent his first seven seasons in the majors with the team. Jonathon Niese starts for the Buccos – he was dealt away by New York to get Walker.
The Cubs begin a nine-game trip at Philadelphia, owning the best record in the majors at 39-16. Jon Lester pitches for Chicago and is 5-0 with a 1.71 ERA in seven career starts vs. the Phillies.
Tigers righty Michael Fulmer is 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA in his first season in the majors. Acquired last July in the trade that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets, the 23-year-old Fulmer tries to extend his impressive start when he faces the visiting Blue Jays.