A look at what’s happening around the majors today
UNDATED (AP) – The Mets go for their 13th win in 14 tries and a four-game sweep when lefty Steven Matz faces Miami’s Jordan Yamamoto at Citi Field. The hard-charging Mets are 58-56, a sharp turnaround since losing their first game after the All-Star break and falling 11 games under .500. Mets rookie Pete Alonso has homered in two straight games and ranks among the major league leaders with 36.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– Braves left-hander Max Fried has won three straight starts and looks to pick up his 13th win of the season. He won his only other interleague start this year back in April against Cleveland. Lefty Martin Perez will throw for the Twins. Perez is looking to get back on track after allowing five runs in five innings in his last start against Kansas City. Perez has earned just one win in his last 11 outings.
– Yankees lefty James Paxton makes his 20th start of the season in the series finale against the Orioles. Paxton lost all five of his starts in July, but he’s 1-0 in August after beating Boston on Friday. The Orioles will throw All-Star John Means, who makes his first start since July 24 after being on the IL with a left biceps strain. The Yankees look to continue their home run binge against Baltimore after hitting six more Tuesday night.
– Oakland Athletics right-hander Homer Bailey faces Chicago Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana in their series finale. Bailey has allowed three runs or fewer in three of four starts since arriving in a trade from Kansas City on July 14. Quintana has won five straight decisions. Last night, Kris Bryant homered and the NL Central-leading Cubs saw their four-game winning streak end.
– Burbank native Jack Flaherty makes his second career start for the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning last year before it was broken up by a Joc Pederson homer. He’ll throw against Dodgers starter Dustin May, who makes his second major league start.
– Ivan Nova takes the mound for the Chicago White Sox in the series finale at Detroit. He’ll throw against the Tigers’ Tyler Alexander. This will be the fifth start of Alexander’s major league career.
– The Rangers and the Indians will play a traditional doubleheader after Tuesday night’s game was postponed by rain. Ariel Jurado will start the first game for Texas against rookie Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak). Lance Lynn will start in the second game for Texas while Cleveland will go with a bullpen game. Lynn is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 19 career innings against the Indians.
– Rookie lefty Brendan McKay will make his sixth start for the Tampa Bay Rays in the series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays opener Wilmer Font. McKay survived a 27-pitch first inning to get his second win last Thursday at Boston.
– Peter Lambert will start for the Rockies when their series wraps up against the Astros. Lambert allowed four hits and four runs in six innings in his last start. Gerrit Cole is scheduled to start for Houston. Cole, who leads the majors with 216 strikeouts, yielded four hits and one run in seven innings in his last outing against Cleveland to win his ninth straight decision.
– Nationals right-hander Joe Ross starts against the Giants for the first time since his rookie year back in August 2015. The Giants with throw their right-hander Shaun Anderson. Anderson makes his 16th career start and first vs. Washington.
– Padres lefty Joey Lucchesi (loo-KAY’-see) looks to improve to 3-0 in three starts against the Mariners. The Mariners will throw their lefty Yusei Kikuchi (kih-koo-chee) who will try to stop his three-game losing streak.
– Drew Pomeranz is slated to start for the Brewers. Zach Davies was penciled in for Milwaukee before being placed on the 10-day injured list with back spasms Monday. The Pirates will throw Trevor Williams who is looking to win a second straight start for the first time this season.
– Royals right-hander Glenn Sparkman is scheduled to pitch the series finale tonight in Boston. He’s 0-4 with a 10.16 ERA in seven road starts this season. The Red Sox will start with lefty Eduardo Rodriguez.
– Phillies lefty Jason Vargas faces the Diamondbacks in his second start since being traded from the New York Mets on July 29. Vargas is 2-3 with a 6.82 ERA in six career starts against Arizona and is two wins away from his 100 career wins. He’ll throw against the Diamondbacks right-hander Zac Gallen who is making his Arizona debut after coming over in a trade with the Miami Marlins on July 31. He’s allowed two runs or fewer in six of seven starts this season.
UNDATED (AP) – Major league home run leader Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) could be back in the Milwaukee lineup after sitting out a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh. Manager Craig Counsell gave Yelich a day off to help deal with a nagging back injury. The NL MVP has 39 homers, and is batting .336 with 84 RBIs.
Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain exited the game at Miller Park with a bruised left knee, shortly after fouling a ball off himself.
In other MLB news:
– The Yankees will see how All-Star second baseman Gleyber Torres is feeling, a day after he exited a game at Baltimore in the third inning with what the team described as “core pain.” Torres left Sunday night’s game against Boston with a core muscle injury but was back in the lineup against the Orioles on Monday as the designated hitter, going 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. He started at second base on Tuesday night, going hitless in two at-bats before leaving.
– The Giants have cut second baseman Joe Panik, no longer needing him to play regularly after getting Scooter Gennett at the trade deadline. The 28-year-old Panik, a first-round draft pick by the Giants in 2011 and key contributor on San Francisco’s 2014 World Series champion team, was batting .235 with three homers and 27 RBIs in 103 games this season. Panik was designated for assignment on Tuesday.
NFL Pro Bowl returns to Orlando for 4th straight year
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando for the fourth straight year and be held one week before the Super Bowl.
The NFL’s all-star game will be an afternoon match at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. A week later, the league’s championship game will be played a few hours south in the Miami area.
Fans, players and coaches will vote for the 88 Pro Bowlers, and the game will match the AFC against the NFC.
A weeklong celebration in conjunction with the NFL’s 100th season initiatives also will take place across the Orlando area. Those will include a skills showdown and the league’s flag football championships.