A look at what’s happening at the majors today:
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Mets ace Jacob deGrom, Milwaukee’s Brandon Woodruff, Texas ‘Kyle Gibson and the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole are among those likely to be selected as All-Stars when pitchers and reserves are announced at 5:30 p.m. EDT.
Each squad will have 32 players for the game on July 13th at Denver’s Coors Field.
Of course, a pitcher was chosen with the starting lineups – Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani, the Babe Ruth-like phenomenon that leads the majors on home runs AND having 3-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 starts 83 strikeouts is in 60 innings.
Ohtani has been voted the American League hitter designate by fans, and Angels manager Joe Maddon endorses Ohtani pitching in addition to hitting.
The punchy Kyle Schwarber with significant Achilles tendon strain is expected not to be in Washington’s lineup for a while.
The Nationals put Schwarber on the 10-day injured list after injuring himself on Friday night. There is no schedule for his return.
“It’s not the best, but not the worst,” said Schwarber. “I just have to take it as it is.”
Schwarber hit a franchise record of 16 home runs in June, seven of which resulted in games. His batting put the Nationals to a 19-9 record for the month and turned their season around.
Schwarber said he didn’t need a procedure to repair damage to his right hamstring muscles. Instead, he will use compression treatment to reduce the swelling. Rest and strengthening exercises follow.
Streaks and sagging
Omar Narváez and the Brewers have won 11 straight games, their best run since winning a franchise record 13 straight at the start of the 1987 season.
Narváez scored five goals when the Brewers beat Pittsburgh 11-2 on Saturday. The NL Central Leader outdid their opponents 84-28 during the series.
Freddy Peralta (7-2, 2.17 ERA) will next start for the Brewers at PNC Park. He has allowed only 39 hits in 87 innings in 16 games that season while cutting 122 out.
The cubs and rays go in the opposite direction.
Chicago has lost eight straight times and was beaten 3-2 by Cincinnati on Saturday. The Cubs haven’t won since they threw a combo no-hitter at Dodger Stadium on June 24th to open the current 10-game road trip.
Kyle Hendricks (10-4, 3.98 ERA) tries to end the streak when he starts for Chicago at Great American Ball Park.
Tampa Bay have lost a total of five straight and 10 straight on the road after losing 3-3 to Toronto on Saturday. Rays Lefty Ryan Yarbrough (4-3, 4.48 ERA) starts the series finale in Buffalo.
The two-time gold glove catcher Roberto Pérez is expected to return to the starting XI in the series finale against Houston for Cleveland.
Pérez was taken back from the injured list on Saturday. He had failed since he had an operation on his right index finger in May.
Pérez only hit 0.131 in 61 at-bats when he failed. But the 32-year-old is on the defensive and invaluable in dealing with Cleveland’s staff.
Cleveland is still missing its top three bowlers – Shane Bieber (shoulder), Aaron Civale (finger strain) and Zach Plesac (broken thumb). Native American brawler Franmil Reyes returned to the line-up on Friday after being out on a tight slope for six weeks. The third baseman José Ramírez also missed the time with a sore elbow.
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