LEADING OFF Red Sox LH Sale faces Dodgers
A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday:
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale faces the Dodgers for the first time since he came out of the bullpen to finish last year’s World Series, striking out the side in the ninth inning of Boston’s 5-1 victory in Game 5. Sale struggled in his final two starts before the All-Star break, allowing 10 runs and 15 hits in 11 2/3 innings. Ross Stripling pitches for NL-leading Los Angeles.
ON THE MEND
All-Star infielder Alex Bregman could return to Houston’s starting lineup after he took a groundball off his chin during the Astros’ 5-0 loss at Texas on Thursday night. Manager AJ Hinch says Bregman, who needed four stitches, has been evaluated a couple of times since getting hit and is doing OK. He says Bregman “has not been diagnosed with a concussion at all.” Bregman was playing shortstop in the series opener when a grounder by Shin-Soo Choo popped up and hit him below his mouth in the third inning. Bregman, the team’s primary third baseman, has been playing shortstop with Carlos Correa on the injured list.
LOOKING FOR 11
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Charlie Morton and Minnesota Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi each take the mound looking for their 11th win. Morton is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two July starts heading into his matchup with last-place Baltimore in the nightcap of a split doubleheader. Odorizzi gets the ball for the AL Central leaders at Cleveland after he had a start skipped due to a blister on his right middle finger. Odorizzi, who is 0-2 with an 8.76 ERA in his last three starts, earned a career-high 11 wins in 2014 with Tampa Bay. The 35-year-old Morton is 39-12 over the last three seasons.
New York Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ faces his old club for the second time this year, pitching against Toronto in the middle game of a weekend set. The 36-year-old Happ was 59-41 with a 3.88 ERA in 135 appearances (127 starts) over two stints with Toronto, including a 20-win season in 2016. Happ hasn’t pitched since July 4, when he tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in a no-decision at Tampa Bay. Clayton Richard starts for the Blue Jays.
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