LEADING OFF: Astros check Correa, Strasburg tries for 10-0
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
The Astros will see how star shortstop Carlos Correa is feeling, a day after he sprained his left ankle running out a grounder at Texas. Correa limped off the field, exited the game and had X-rays, which were negative. The team says Correa is likely to sit out the series opener at Tampa Bay.
Stephen Strasburg (9-0, 2.85 ERA) seeks to win his 13th straight decision when Washington hosts the Phillies.
RIGHT AT HOME
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (8-1, 1.47 ERA) starts the opener against the NL West-leading Giants and Johnny Cueto (9-1, 2.16). The LA lefty is 9-3 with a 1.23 ERA in 16 career games at AT&T Park.
Michael Wacha tries to snap the longest losing streak of his career when he starts for the Cardinals at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The 2013 NLCS MVP has dropped six straight decisions - the last St. Louis pitcher to lose seven in a row was Kip Wells in 2007.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado can keep playing while he appeals his four-game suspension for charging the mound and punching Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura earlier this week. Ventura was penalized nine games Thursday by Major League Baseball. Machado and Ventura appealed their bans and remain active until the process is complete.
UP AND OVER
Fresh off a four-game sweep of the Angels, the Yankees try to go over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 4-3. CC Sabathia starts at home against Mike Pelfrey and the Tigers. The Yankees might be in the market for yet another first baseman - newcomer Chris Parmelee hurt his hamstring on Thursday night, Mark Teixeira is still out for a while and young Greg Bird and veteran Dustin Ackley had shoulder surgeries that are expected to sideline them for the season.
Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani is expected to come off the 60-day disabled list and make his season debut, starting at home against Oakland. The 26-year-old injured his oblique in spring training and has been working his way back to the majors. He went 9-13 last year in his first full season in the big leagues.