LEADING OFF: MLB sorts out trouble in Baltimore, Minnesota
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
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Major League Baseball figures to be busy, sorting out possible penalties after the ill will at Camden Yards and Target Field over the weekend.
On Sunday, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected after throwing a fastball behind the head of Baltimore star Manny Machado. Earlier in the series, Machado spiked Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia on an aggressive slide.
On Saturday in Minnesota, soon after Detroit’s JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch, Tigers starter Matthew Boyd threw behind Miguel Sano and the benches cleared.
Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo homered in three straight games over the weekend in Cincinnati. He now takes aim at PNC Park and the Allegheny River beyond the right field wall when Chicago visits Pittsburgh.
The Royals will see how star catcher Salvador Perez is feeling as he deals with a stiff neck. He missed two straight games over the weekend in Texas. Kansas City next visits the White Sox.
Following an overnight flight to Denver, the Nationals try to extend their seven-game winning streak. With right-hander Stephen Strasburg going on the paternity list and Joe Ross pushed back one day to Tuesday, newcomer Jacob Turner will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to pitch against the Rockies at Coors Field. Turner looks to give Washington its 12th straight quality start and help the Nationals (13-5) improve baseball’s best record.
Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer is 2-0 over four starts going into this outing at Baltimore. Last year, he tied James Shields for the major league lead in losses while going 9-19.
Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza is set to come off the disabled list and make his first start of the season when the Reds are at Miller Park. He’s been sidelined by a strained right groin.