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LEADING OFF: DeGrom-Severino in NYC, Bumgarner-Kershaw in LA

A look at what’s happening around baseball Monday: LAST RIDE The Subway Series finishes with a marquee matchup at Yankee Stadium. Mets ace Jacob deGrom, who leads the majors with a 1.77 ERA, faces Luis Severino, who tops the AL with 15 wins. The game is a makeup from a rainout last month. Yankees slugger … Continue reading LEADING OFF: DeGrom-Severino in NYC, Bumgarner-Kershaw in LA

LEADING OFF: Archer to make Pirates debut, Rays roll at home

Chris Archer makes his first start for the Pirates in what the team hopes could be the beginning of a long and productive stint in Pittsburgh. The Pirates acquired Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Pittsburgh also got closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers and drew praise around … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Archer to make Pirates debut, Rays roll at home

LEADING OFF: Dozier, Hamels, Archer settle in, Springer hurt

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: STARTING OUT Brian Dozier could make his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers when they host Milwaukee. The power-hitting Minnesota second baseman was traded Tuesday, shortly before the deadline for making deals without waivers. The defending NL champion Dodgers have revamped their infield in the … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Dozier, Hamels, Archer settle in, Springer hurt

LEADING OFF: Archer, Beltre, ‘Cutch could go on deadline day

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: DEADLINE DAY Teams have until 4 p.m. EDT to swing a trade without waivers, meaning it could be the last chance for contenders to land some top targets. Will the Rays find a new home for Chris Archer? What about the Rangers and Adrian Beltre? Giants … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Archer, Beltre, ‘Cutch could go on deadline day

LEADING OFF: Newcomb faces fallout after offensive tweets

A look at what’s happening around the majors Monday: TWEET TROUBLE Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb will face the fallout from his tweets, a day after he apologized for racist, homophobic and sexist posts he put on social media as a teenager. The 25-year-old came within one strike of a no-hitter Sunday at SunTrust Park against … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Newcomb faces fallout after offensive tweets

LEADING OFF: Happ debuts for Yanks, Astros minus Altuve

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: HAPPENING J.A. Happ makes his Yankees debut, three days after New York got him from Toronto in a trade for Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney. The 35-year-old lefty starts out at home against Kansas City. Happ has enjoyed success over Boston in his … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Happ debuts for Yanks, Astros minus Altuve

LEADING OFF: Hamels to Cubs, Escobar to Diamondbacks

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: FIRED-UP COLE Cole Hamels goes from last place to first place when he joins the Chicago Cubs during this weekend’s series at St. Louis. The Cubs got the left-hander Friday, trading pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named to Texas. Hamels … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Hamels to Cubs, Escobar to Diamondbacks

LEADING OFF: NL contenders square off, Britton joins Yankees

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: OCTOBER PREVIEW Several top teams in the National League are matched up against fellow playoff contenders. Arizona wraps up a four-game series at Wrigley Field versus the Cubs. Max Muncy and the Dodgers host Atlanta. And it’s Milwaukee in San Francisco to face rookie Dereck Rodriguez. … Continue reading LEADING OFF: NL contenders square off, Britton joins Yankees

LEADING OFF: Pirates go for 12th straight, eyes on Eovaldi

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: STEEL CITY STREAK The Pirates aim for their 12th straight win in a series finale against Cleveland. Pittsburgh pounded starters Corey Kluber and Shane Bieber for seven runs apiece in the first two games of the series. Starling Marte has a career-high 17-game hitting streak, and … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Pirates go for 12th straight, eyes on Eovaldi

LEADING OFF: Surgery for Cespedes? Brewers lose another SP

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: YO, YOU GOOD? Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets are awaiting a report and recommendation from doctors after the slugger had an MRI on both feet Monday. Cespedes may need surgery to address calcification on both heels that has bothered him for 15 years, and he said … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Surgery for Cespedes? Brewers lose another SP

LEADING OFF: Severino eyes No. 15, Utley back in Philly

A look at what’s happening around the majors Monday: LOOKING FOR No. 15 Yankees ace Luis Severino (14-2, 2.31 ERA) tries goes for his major league-leading 15th win in the opener of a series at Tampa Bay. Severino is 6-0 with a 2.41 ERA over his last six starts, including three scoreless outings of at … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Severino eyes No. 15, Utley back in Philly

LEADING OFF: Cards’ Carpenter on tear, deGrom wants to stay

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: WOOD WORK A day after hitting three homers and two doubles in just six innings, Cardinals slugger Matt Carpenter tries to torment the Cubs over a doubleheader. Carpenter drove in seven before getting pulled early in St. Louis’ 18-5 thrashing at Wrigley Field on Friday. He … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Cards’ Carpenter on tear, deGrom wants to stay

LEADING OFF: Cards move on from Matheny, skidding Braves

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: LOUIS STUNNER The Cardinals will play their first game under interim manager Mike Shildt after firing Mike Matheny late Saturday night. Matheny’s stunning dismissal comes with the team 47-46 and 7 1/2 games back of the NL Central-leading Cubs. The prospect of a third straight year … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Cards move on from Matheny, skidding Braves

LEADING OFF: Braves skidding into break, Ramos out of ASG

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: STAR-STUDDED SLIDE Despite boasting an NL-best four All-Stars, the Braves are freefalling going into the midsummer break. Atlanta has lost 8 of 10, including the first two games of its series against Arizona, to drop out of first place in the NL East. Julio Teheran (6-6, … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Braves skidding into break, Ramos out of ASG

LEADING OFF: Utley retirement tour, Gray back from minors

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: STEPPING AWAY The Chase Utley retirement tour is underway. Utley announced Friday that he will retire at the end of the season, capping a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with Philadelphia and an elder statesman role with the Dodgers. The six-time All-Star said … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Utley retirement tour, Gray back from minors

LEADING OFF: Red Sox on a roll, Syndergaard returns

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Friday: HEAVEN 11 Mookie Betts and the rolling Boston Red Sox try to win their 11th consecutive game when they host Toronto again at Fenway Park. Betts, who leads the majors with a .352 batting average, had a grand slam and five RBIs in Thursday night’s … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Red Sox on a roll, Syndergaard returns

LEADING OFF: Severino vs Kluber; Max to the rescue for Nats

A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday: PAIR OF ACES Two of the top pitchers in the American League square off when the New York Yankees begin a series in Cleveland. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.49 ERA) starts for the Indians, while the AL leader in wins, Luis Severino … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Severino vs Kluber; Max to the rescue for Nats

LEADING OFF: Bryant returns to Cubs, Indians seek relief

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Wednesday: BRYANT BACK WITH CUBBIES Kris Bryant flew to the Bay Area on Tuesday night and is hoping to play in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants. Bryant has been out since June 23 with inflammation in his left shoulder. He played rehab games for … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Bryant returns to Cubs, Indians seek relief

LEADING OFF: Red Sox, Rays look to keep surging

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: SURGING SOX The major league-best Boston Red Sox look for their 15th win in 18 games as they host the Texas Rangers in the middle game of their series. The Red Sox, who lead the second-place Yankees by 2 1/2 games in the AL East, send … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Red Sox, Rays look to keep surging

LEADING OFF: Red Sox return home, Nola goes for 12th win

A look at what’s happening around the majors Monday: BACK HOME IN BOSTON The Red Sox went 7-2 on their recent road trip against the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals. They return home for a seven-game homestand leading into the All-Star break, beginning with a series against the Texas Rangers. Eduardo … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Red Sox return home, Nola goes for 12th win

LEADING OFF: Lester eyes NL-best 12th win, A’s stay hot

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: CHICAGO’S ACE Jon Lester has put together some ace-worthy seasons during his 13-year major league career, including four All-Star appearances and a runner-up finish in the Cy Young voting two years ago. The Chicago Cubs left-hander is in the middle of what might prove to be … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Lester eyes NL-best 12th win, A’s stay hot

LEADING OFF: Braves hitting way to top, Gray on the rebound

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday: HITTING BRAVES Among the many things the Atlanta Braves have done right on their way to leading the National League East this season, they’ve been getting hits. The Braves began their series against fellow division leader Milwaukee on Thursday night with three of the top four … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Braves hitting way to top, Gray on the rebound

LEADING OFF: Nationals, Verlander look to end skids

A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday: MIDSUMMER SKID The Nationals open a series against Miami hoping to end a five-game skid and get back to .500. Washington fell to 42-43 with a loss to Boston on Wednesday, the first time the preseason NL East favorites have been under .500 this late in … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Nationals, Verlander look to end skids

LEADING OFF: Nats fall to .500, Shohei back in the box

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: NATIONAL DECLINE The Nationals could use a spark before the July 4 fireworks go off in D.C. Washington is at risk of falling below .500 for the first time since May 2 as it continues a series against Boston at 11 a.m. EDT. The Red Sox … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Nats fall to .500, Shohei back in the box

LEADING OFF: Steamy starts, Price-Severino at Yankee Stadium

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the majors today: HIGH HEAT It’s expected to be a hot box at many ballparks, with game-time temperatures likely to climb over 100 degrees in Texas for White Sox-Rangers, near triple digits in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Yankee Stadium, and into the mid-90s in Chicago and Cincinnati. On Saturday, … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Steamy starts, Price-Severino at Yankee Stadium

LEADING OFF: Steamy starts, Price-Severino at Yankee Stadium

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: HIGH HEAT It’s expected to be a hot box at many ballparks, with game-time temperatures likely to climb over 100 degrees in Texas for White Sox-Rangers, near triple digits in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Yankee Stadium, and into the mid-90s in Chicago and Cincinnati. On Saturday, … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Steamy starts, Price-Severino at Yankee Stadium

LEADING OFF: DeGrom back with Mets, Sale tries to tame Judge

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the major leagues on Saturday: STILL HERE Mets star Jacob deGrom is expected to start at Miami. He was a late scratch Friday night because of what the team called a family issue — no doubt, many fans around the country thought deGrom might’ve been traded when they … Continue reading LEADING OFF: DeGrom back with Mets, Sale tries to tame Judge

LEADING OFF: Red Sox-Yankees, part 3, for MLB lead

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the major leagues on Friday: BEASTS OF THE EAST The Red Sox and Yankees start a three-game series in the Bronx, with the American League East division race as tight as ever. The archrivals were just a half-game apart in the standings entering play on Thursday, with the … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Red Sox-Yankees, part 3, for MLB lead

LEADING OFF: Bregman crushing in the clutch, Kershaw vs Cubs

A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday: CLUTCH CITY Alex Bregman is red-hot at the plate as the Astros travel to Tampa Bay for a four-game series, and he’s been especially good late in games. Bregman has homered in three straight, including a game-ending two-run shot Wednesday to cap Houston‘s rally from five … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Bregman crushing in the clutch, Kershaw vs Cubs

LEADING OFF: Mets GM Alderson steps down, Cain to DL

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: STEPPING DOWN The Mets march on in their difficult season a day after learning general manager Sandy Alderson had effectively stepped down because his cancer has returned. Officially, Alderson will take a leave of absence, but he said Tuesday that he was essentially ending his tenure … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Mets GM Alderson steps down, Cain to DL