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LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: NEED A HAND The Giants are looking for answers at the back of the bullpen after closer Hunter Strickland broke his hand Monday night punching a door in frustration. Strickland blew a save in a 5-4 loss to Miami, then cost himself six to eight weeks … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx

LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: VERLANDER DAY American League ERA leader Justin Verlander takes the mound against Tampa Bay. Houston’s ace is 9-2 with a 1.61 ERA, though he’s posted a 3.79 ERA over his past three starts and matched a season high with two homers allowed last time out in … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Verlander backs rolling Astros, mending Dodgers

LEADING OFF: Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Astros surge

A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday: BRONX TALES Old-Timers’ Day is always a special occasion at Yankee Stadium, and this year’s festivities are set to feature Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson, along with first-timers Andy Pettitte, Jason Giambi and current Yankees manager Aaron Boone. The fun begins before New … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Astros surge

LEADING OFF: Astros heating up, Angels hurting all over

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: HOT AS THE WEATHER Evan Gattis and the World Series champion Astros have the longest active winning streak in the majors. They go for their 10th straight victory when they play at Kansas City, where temperatures are expected to approach triple digits. Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Astros heating up, Angels hurting all over

LEADING OFF: Goldschmidt back in form, Scherzer dominating

A look at what’s happening around the majors Saturday: GOLDEN GOLDY Paul Goldschmidt tries to keep up his torrid pace at the plate when the NL West-leading Diamondbacks host the Mets. Goldschmidt entered this month hitting a paltry .209 after slogging his way through May, when he had only 14 hits in 97 at-bats (.144). … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Goldschmidt back in form, Scherzer dominating

LEADING OFF: Story returns home, Cubs-Cards face off

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday: TEXAS STORY Colorado shortstop Trevor Story gets to play a big league game near home for the first time when the Rockies open an interleague series Friday night at the Texas Rangers, in a stadium only a few miles from his hometown of Irving, Texas. The … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Story returns home, Cubs-Cards face off

LEADING OFF: Freeman leads Braves, Verlander dominates

A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday: FANTASTIC FREEMAN Freddie Freeman didn’t get down on himself after his 16-game hitting streak ended on June 4. Instead, the Atlanta slugger just picked right back up where left off — extending his latest streak to seven games with a pair of hits in a win … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Freeman leads Braves, Verlander dominates

LEADING OFF: Cabrera done; Mets & deGrom try for rare win

A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: CABRERA DONE Miguel Cabrera’s season is over, leaving Detroit without its biggest star during a season when there wasn’t much else for Tigers fans to latch onto. Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon on a swing Tuesday night, ending the two-time MVP’s year just a couple … Continue reading LEADING OFF: Cabrera done; Mets & deGrom try for rare win