LEADING OFF: Greinke vs. Dodgers; Harper faces Cubs again
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.84 ERA) pitches against the Dodgers for the first time since leaving them last offseason to sign a $206.5 million, six-year contract with Arizona. The right-hander has won five straight starts and has not allowed a run in his last two. He is coming off a three-hit shutout against Tampa Bay. Mike Bolsinger (1-3, 5.75) goes for Los Angeles.
WALK THIS WAY
Will manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs give Nationals slugger Bryce Harper anything to hit when the NL's top two teams open a three-game series in Washington? The Cubs swept four games from the Nationals last month in Chicago and walked Harper 13 times during that series. Max Scherzer (7-4, 3.57 ERA) pitches for Washington against Kyle Hendricks (4-5, 2.90), who has permitted no more than two runs in four consecutive starts.
Mike Trout plans to attempt to play when the struggling Angels open a series against Minnesota, one of two AL teams with a worse record than them. The star outfielder grimaced in pain when he was hit in the right thumb by a pitch from Cleveland reliever Tommy Hunter on Sunday and left an 8-3 loss to the Indians. X-rays revealed no broken bones, only a bruise for the 2014 AL MVP. ''Feels all right now,'' Trout said after the game. ''You get hit in the hand or get hit in the finger, it's a scary thing.''
FEEL BETTER, SKIP
Mets manager Terry Collins was staying overnight in a Wisconsin hospital after falling ill Sunday and missing New York's series finale at Milwaukee. Assistant general manager John Ricco said there wasn't a high level of concern about Collins' condition, adding that Collins could be released Monday, when the Mets have an off day. Bench coach Dick Scott filled in as manager Sunday, and Collins watched his team's 5-3 loss from the hospital. ''He was probably a bit agitated. But, other than that, he was feeling fine,'' Ricco said.
HERE THEY COME
The first-place Cleveland Indians make their initial visit of the season to Kansas City, their final stop on a 10-game road trip. Cleveland (35-27) has won nine of 12 in June, keeping the AL Central lead it grabbed over the Royals during the last series between the teams. Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 3.48 ERA) pitches for the Indians, who have won six of seven against Kansas City this year. Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.25) gets the ball for the Royals, who have won two in a row following an eight-game losing streak.
James Shields makes his second start for the Chicago White Sox when they host Detroit. Acquired in a June 4 trade with San Diego, the right-hander lasted only two-plus innings in an 11-4 loss to Washington in his White Sox debut on Wednesday. Shields (2-8, 5.06 ERA) is 7-6 with a 4.10 ERA in 18 career starts against the Tigers.