A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ TOP ARMS OUT WEST The finale of an entertaining four-game game …
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
TOP ARMS OUT WEST
The finale of a fun series of four games between longtime rivals features a superb pitching matchup at Dodger Stadium. San Francisco sends Kevin Gausman (5-0, 1.53 ERA) up the hill against the left Clayton Kershaw (7-3, 2.94) from Los Angeles, who will make his 50th career start against the Giants. The three-time Cy Young Award winner is 24-13 with an ERA of 1.79 and a whip of 0.88 against her.
Aaron Civale and the Cleveland pitching team face a tough test – the Indians will compete against each other.
After a game punctuated by miserable Friday night weather and a rainy Saturday, the Indians will play a twinbill at Progressive Field against Toronto to end the weekend. Civale, second in the AL with seven wins, starts the season opener for Cleveland.
On Monday, the Indians will host the Chicago White Sox for a pair of seven-inning games.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona is set to miss Toronto to attend his youngest daughter’s wedding in Newport, Rhode Island. He is expected to be back for the double header on Monday.
RAIN RAIN GOES AWAY
If the weather permits, the two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (3: 2, 0.80 ERA) starts for the second time since his elimination from the injured list as the ailing New York Mets in prime-time rivals NL East Atlanta received. The teams were washed out Friday night, and the forecast predicts rain again all day in New York.
After missing a few weeks because of the tightness on his right side, deGrom hit nine of five innings of the three-hit ball against Colorado on Tuesday. Max Fried (2-2, 4.63) is planned for the Braves.
DRY IN THE DESERT
The staggering Arizona Diamondbacks are dying to win. They lost 13 games in a row, one less than the franchise record when they went to their series finals at home against St. Louis. The Diamondbacks fell 14 in a row in 2004 when they lost 111 games. The team’s 18-35 record this year is the worst in the National League.
“We’re in every game. We’re right there, ”said catcher Stephen Vogt. “Tie the run on the plate, win the run on the plate. One hit, one pitch away from winning these games. We’re frustrated, we’re upset, we’re unhappy. “
Arizona right-handed Matt Peacock (1-1, 4.91 ERA) takes on Kwang Hyun Kim (1-2, 3.09).
SPUTTERING ON THE PLATE
Most recently in the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers try to surprisingly defeat the visiting New York Yankees in three games. Aaron Judge and the Bronx Bombers had won seven out of nine prior to arriving in town, but they only completed three runs in the series’ first two games. The Yankees hadn’t lost a series at Comerica Park since August 2014.
“We’re obviously not doing what we have to do offensively,” said manager Aaron Boone. “We have hitters in their prime with a track record of this level. We just have to make sure we get them down every day. “
Tarik Skubal (1-7, 5.23 ERA) plays for Detroit against long reliever Michael King (0-1, 2.29) on the New York rotation area, which is normally occupied by the injured Corey Kluber. King went 0-2 in four starts for the Yankees last year with 8.36 ERA.
The Atlanta Braves star Marcell Ozuna was arrested Saturday for grievous bodily harm by gagging and battery after police officers said they saw him assault his wife.
A statement from the Sandy Springs, Georgia Police Department said officers responded to an 911 call on Saturday afternoon and entered a house with the front door open and heard screams from inside.
The statement said officers saw Ozuna grab his wife by the neck, throw her against a wall, and hit her with his arm, which had a plaster cast from a previous injury. Ozuna was added to the list of injured by the Braves on Friday with two fingers twisted on his left hand.
According to the police report, the victim had visible injuries but was not taken to hospital.
Ozuna was sent to Fulton County Jail. Sandy Springs is a suburb of Atlanta.
The Major League Baseball Department of Inquiry plans to investigate the matter as part of the joint domestic violence policy between the MLB and the Players’ Association.
The Orioles will try to avoid their 13th straight defeat when rookie left-hander Keegan Akin starts against the White Sox in Chicago.
Baltimore was swept in a double header Saturday. The O’s have fallen 12 in a row, their longest skid since losing 13 in a row in 2009.
“It’s difficult, there is no doubt about it. It’s very, very challenging. It’s very difficult, it’s frustrating and sometimes embarrassing, ”said Brandon Hyde, manager of Orioles.
Akin has a 6:10 ERA in four reliefs this season. He took his only big league win last year.
Lucas Giolito (4-4, 4.04 ERA) starts for Chicago. He passed former high school teammate Jack Flaherty to beat St. Louis on his last start while feeling a little tense on his right side.
Texas is playing in Seattle and looking to win an 11-game losing streak. The club record is 12 in a row, which were set in 2003.
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