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LEADING OFF: 41-year-old Hill faces 40-year-old Wainwright

September 13, 2021 GMT
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright walks off the field after being removed during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright walks off the field after being removed during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright walks off the field after being removed during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

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OLD TIMERS’ DAY

Mets 41-year-old left-hander Rich Hill is set to face Cardinals 40-year-old righty Adam Wainwright in a showdown of veterans who still got it. Hill (6-6, 3.82) has allowed three earned runs over 17 innings in his previous three starts, and Wainwright (15-7, 2.98) pitched into the ninth inning against the Dodgers in a 5-4 win his last time out.

They have a way to go chasing the record for oldest matchup. The Angels’ Don Sutton and Indians’ Phil Niekro were a combined 90 years, 135 days old when they pitched against each other on Jun 8, 1987.

BARREL-HAPPY BLUE JAYS

Toronto rolls into a home series against AL East-leading Tampa Bay after scoring 22 runs Sunday and 44 runs over three games during a weekend set against the last-place Orioles.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernández each hit a grand slam and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 44th homer in a 22-7 win Sunday as the club finished two runs shy of a franchise record set in 1978. Guerrero’s drive tied him with the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani for the major league lead.

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“The last three days, I’ve been in the game for 35 years, and I’ve never seen anything like that,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough (8-4, 4.90) gets the unenviable task of trying to slow the Jays, who are battling with the Red Sox, Yankees, Mariners and A’s for two AL wild cards. Rookie right-hander Alek Manoah (5-2, 3.71) is set to pitch for Toronto.

SHORT VISIT

The Twins will interrupt a six-game homestand in Minnesota to travel to New York for a makeup game at Yankee Stadium. The teams were rained out Aug. 22 in the finale of a four-game set in the Bronx, creating a scheduling headache that has the Twins traveling to the East Coast for a day wedged between three-game home sets against Kansas City and Cleveland.

ANOTHER BLOW

San Diego is monitoring left-hander Blake Snell after he left a game Sunday against the Dodgers after 11 pitches with a left adductor strain.

Snell retired his first two batters on popups to left field. He was facing Trea Turner when he suddenly left the mound with a 2-1 count, having thrown 11 pitches. The left-hander limped slightly as he walked off with the groin injury.

The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner is 7-6 with a 4.22 ERA. He set a franchise record with 13 consecutive hitless innings across his last two starts.

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