LEADING OFF: Orioles back in Baltimore, Gordon returns to LA
A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today:
BACK IN BALTIMORE
The Orioles play at Camden Yards for the first time since April 29, when they held a game without fans because of civil unrest after the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore hosts Toronto to begin a nine-game homestand. ”I think everybody’s anxiously looking forward to getting back and getting on the field and getting back to the city, without a doubt for the right reasons,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Marlins speedster Dee Gordon returns to Dodger Stadium, leading the majors with a .439 batting average. Los Angeles traded him and pitcher Dan Haren to Miami in the offseason for a package of young talent. Gordon has stolen 12 bases this year, four more than the Dodgers’ team total.
Reliever Edward Mujica will join the Athletics for their series opener at home vs. Boston. The Red Sox have seen plenty of him – they traded the righty to Oakland over the weekend. He is 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 11 games this season, and A’s manager Bob Melvin said he hasn’t yet decided on Mujica’s role. ”He’s been pretty versatile in the bullpen where he’s pitched before,” Melvin said.
SEE YA, SUSPENSION
Jeff Samardzija starts for the White Sox after finishing his five-game suspension. He was penalized for his actions in a brawl with Kansas City. He’ll pitch against Milwaukee in Miller Park.
Yankees lefty CC Sabathia tries again for his first win of the season. He’s 0-5 in six starts this year, and is set to face Tampa Bay. Sabathia is 4-8 in 18 starts at Tropicana Field, his most losses at a visiting ballpark.