A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to come off the disabled list when Seattle begins an interleague series at NL East-leading Washington. Cano has been sidelined with a strained quadriceps. The Mariners, last in the AL West, have dropped three straight and seven of 10.
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HOME SWEET HOME?
It will be interesting to see how Matt Harvey is received by Mets fans when the embattled pitcher makes his first start at Citi Field since serving a three-day suspension for skipping a game following a late night on the town. Harvey (2-3, 5.56 ERA) apologized and went 0-1 in two starts on the team’s most recent road trip. He is 0-3 in his last six outings and hasn’t won since April 11. This time, Harvey faces Jhoulys Chacin (4-3) and the struggling Padres.
The Giants and Cubs continue their four-game set at Wrigley Field with a rematch of Game 1 in last year’s NL Division Series. San Francisco right-hander Johnny Cueto and Chicago lefty Jon Lester got the 2016 series started with a terrific pitchers’ duel. Cueto struck out 10 while throwing eight innings of three-hit ball. Lester allowed five hits in eight innings. The Cubs won 1-0 on Javier Baez’s eighth-inning homer. Cueto was all set to pitch Game 5 at Wrigley Field, but the Cubs rallied for a series-clinching 6-5 win in Game 4 on the way to their first championship in 108 years. “I’m telling you, man, Game 4 pretty much won the World Series, I thought, versus San Francisco,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday. “I did not want to see Mr. Cueto pitching back here again.”
ON A ROLL
Houston right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1, 2.65 ERA) tries to extend a stingy streak when he faces Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez and the dangerous Tigers. McCullers has not allowed an earned run in his last three outings. Jordan Zimmermann (4-2, 6.25) pitches for Detroit.
Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.15 ERA) starts for the Dodgers against Lance Lynn (4-2, 2.78) and the Cardinals in Los Angeles. There’s a fine pitching matchup at Camden Yards, too, where Ervin Santana (6-2, 2.07 ERA) and the Twins face Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy (5-2, 2.97).
CHANGE OF PACE
Braves manager Brian Snitker thought it’d make sense to avoid having teams face hard-throwing right-handers Mike Foltynewicz and Julio Teheran in back-to-back games. The obvious remedy to that problem is 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who will start on three days’ rest against Pittsburgh. Teheran goes Wednesday. Dickey is 3-4 with a 6.20 ERA in eight career starts on three days’ rest.
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