LEADING OFF: Cueto pitches for All-Star spot, Gray feels OK
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
Reds ace Johnny Cueto makes his last start before fan voting ends Friday for the final player on the NL All-Star roster. The five candidates for the spot in the July 14 game in Cincinnati are Cueto, Mets closer Jeurys Familia, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez and Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Cueto faces All-Star Max Scherzer at Washington.
Corey Kluber takes on Houston in his final start for Cleveland leading up to the All-Star Game. He's 3-9 with a 3.64 ERA and among the major league leaders in strikeouts. Last year, he was 9-6 with a 3.01 ERA at the break and went on to win the AL Cy Young Award.
The Rays and Royals are set for a day-night doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium, a day after their game was postponed as tornado sirens blared across the Kansas City metro area. Matt Moore will pitch the opener for Tampa Bay in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery.
Athletics ace Sonny Gray starts at Yankee Stadium. It'll be his first appearance since June 25, shortly before he was hospitalized for salmonella.
Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo takes a scoreless string of 29 1/3 innings into his start against the visiting Diamondbacks. He has the longest shutout streak in the majors this year.