LEADING OFF: Yogi celebrates 90th, Strasburg back for Nats
A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today:
YIPPEE FOR YOGI!
The great Yogi Berra turns 90, and perhaps the most beloved figure in baseball history plans to be on hand for a birthday celebration at the museum that bears his name at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Famed for his Yogi-isms – ”ain’t over till it’s over – and feared for his bat, the three-time AL MVP won a record 10 World Series rings playing for the Yankees.
Stephen Strasburg returns to Washington’s rotation when he starts at Arizona. The righty made an early exit in his previous outing because of an alignment issue under his shoulder blade. He then visited a chiropractor and said he felt much better. He’s 2-3 with a 4.73 ERA in six games this year.
Collin McHugh starts for the AL West-leading Astros, trying to match the team record of 12 straight victories by a pitcher. He’ll throw in Houston vs. San Francisco, aiming to tie the mark shared by Wade Miller and Mark Portugal. McHugh is 4-0 with a 3.23 ERA in six starts this year.
Prized Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is set to make his major league debut, facing the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The 22-year-old righty is among several talented arms in New York’s minor league system. He was 3-0 with 1.82 ERA this year at Triple-A Las Vegas, plus he was hitting .455 with a homer.
The Rockies look to end a nine-game losing streak when they visit the Angels. Colorado is tied for the fewest wins in the majors and has been outscored 76-31 during its slump. ”I’m sitting in my chair here and trying to think of one positive thing and there are not many,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.