LEADING OFF: Angels try to end 10-game skid, Marlins-A-Rod?
A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
The Angels have dropped 10 in a row, their worst losing streak since an 11-game skid in 1999. Back home from an 0-9 road trip, Ricky Nolasco and Los Angeles face a tough opponent: Felix Hernandez and the Mariners, who have won eight of nine.
The Marlins need a bat, now that slugger Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss at least six weeks because of a strained groin. Could Alex Rodriguez be on deck? Team president of baseball operations Michael Hill says Miami is discussing whether to reach out to A-Rod. The 41-year-old star was cut by the Yankees on Saturday, a day after playing his final game in pinstripes.
The Red Sox begin an 11-game, four-city road trip with a one-day stop in Cleveland to make up a rainout. NL All-Star Drew Pomeranz (0-2, 5.26 ERA) looks for his first win with Boston, opposed by Josh Tomlin (11-4, 4.18). The Red Sox plan to put knuckleballer Steven Wright on the disabled list and first baseman Hanley Ramirez on the bereavement list.
KNOCK THE KNUCKLER
Yankees newcomers Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin and Gary Sanchez have all hit well since making their major league debuts. They’ll get a new challenge as they try to tame the knuckleball of R.A. Dickey when the AL East-leading Blue Jays visit Yankee Stadium.
Newly acquired Matt Moore will make his home debut for San Francisco, taking on the Pirates. The lefty is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts since the Giants got him from Tampa Bay.
Bartolo Colon has beaten every team in the majors except the Diamondbacks. The 43-year-old righty gets another chance when he starts for the Mets at Arizona. He got a no-decision vs. the D-backs last Wednesday, pitching seven effective innings.