LEADING OFF: Sho-time for Angels; Colon chases Marichal
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
Shohei Ohtani makes his ninth major league start on the mound as the Angels host Kansas City. Back on his usual once-a-week pitching schedule, the two-way rookie phenom from Japan is 4-1 with a 3.18 ERA. Los Angeles gave him extra rest before his most recent outing in Detroit.
Bartolo Colon gets his fourth crack at tying Hall of Famer Juan Marichal’s 243 career wins, most for a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic, when the Texas Rangers play Oakland. The 45-year-old right-hander earned win No. 242 on May 16 when he threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings at Seattle. He is 0-2 with an 8.80 ERA over his last three starts. Colon (2-3) has pitched for 11 major league teams – including the Athletics from 2012-13. He was an All-Star for the A’s at age 40 in 2013, when he went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts.
LAST GO ROUND
Baseball’s amateur draft comes to an end with rounds 11-40 on Day 3. The Detroit Tigers took Texas second baseman Kody Clemens, the youngest son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, with the opening pick of the third round Tuesday. The younger Clemens, selected 79th overall, was the Big 12 player of the year and has helped the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament super regionals. He’s hitting a team-leading .346 with 21 home runs, second-most in school history, and 68 RBIs as one of college baseball’s top sluggers. Clemens is a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy as the best player in the country. Kody Clemens was a 35th-round pick by Houston out of high school, but opted to go to his father’s alma mater to play baseball. The left-handed hitter surpassed his two older brothers, Koby (Astros, 2005) and Kacy (Blue Jays, 2017), who were eighth-round picks in previous drafts.
After spending most of his career in the American League, Diamondbacks right-hander Clay Buchholz makes his second start against the Giants. The other one also came in San Francisco on June 26, 2010, for the Red Sox. Buchholz signed a minor league deal with Arizona last month after his release by the Royals.
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