LEADING OFF: Trout vs Price; JD in desert; Wrigley rivalry
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
ONE ON ONE
Angels star Mike Trout takes on Boston lefty David Price (5-2) and the first-place Red Sox. Price is coming off an outstanding start Sunday night, when he struck out eight in eight innings of a 3-0 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park. Price is 3-0 in his last four outings.
WELCOME TO THE DESERT
New outfielder J.D. Martinez hopes to make his first home start for the Diamondbacks when they host NL East-leading Washington. Acquired in a trade with Detroit this week, Martinez was hit on the left hand by a pitch Wednesday in Cincinnati, his first game with Arizona. ”Definitely a scary situation. I was already nervous as it was for the day,” the slugger said. X-rays were negative and Martinez was available off the bench Friday night against the Nationals. First, he got a little lost on his way to the ballpark and found himself looking at his phone for directions.
SHOWDOWN AT WRIGLEY
Longtime rivals square off in Chicago when Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright (11-5, 5.08 ERA) faces Cubs lefty Jon Lester (6-6, 4.07). Wainwright is 4-0 with a 4.18 ERA in his last four starts. Lester pitched seven crisp innings Monday in a 4-3 victory at Atlanta. Chicago third baseman Kris Bryant, last year’s NL MVP, could miss the entire series with a finger injury. Bryant sprained his left little finger on a headfirst slide Wednesday. X-rays were negative, but Bryant is experiencing soreness and there is some concern about his ability to grip a bat.
Collin McHugh comes off the disabled list to make his first start of the year for AL-leading Houston at Baltimore. McHugh, who is 43-26 with the Astros from 2014-16, has been sidelined all season with an elbow injury. Joe Musgrove will move to the bullpen to make room for McHugh in the rotation.
BACK ON THE MOUND
Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar, who hasn’t pitched since June 3 because of a sore right shoulder, will be activated from the DL to start against Marcus Stroman (9-5) and Toronto. Salazar, an All-Star last year, is 3-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 games this season, including 10 starts. Indians ace Corey Kluber is expected to start Sunday against the Blue Jays after his scheduled outing Friday was pushed back because of a stiff neck. Kluber missed a month earlier this season with a back injury.
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- Boston Red Sox
- Chicago Cubs
- Cleveland Indians
- Houston Astros
- Michael Trout
- NL East