08/18 01:59 CDT LEADING OFF: Cubs-Pirates in Williamsport, CC faces Indians
LEADING OFF: Cubs-Pirates in Williamsport, CC faces Indians
By The Associated Press
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
LITTLE BIG LEAGUE
Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs take on Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates
in prime time at the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Cubs left-hander Jos Quintana (10-7, 4.11 ERA) is 6-0 in eight starts since
his last loss on June 22. Mitch Keller (1-1, 7.94) will make his second start
for Pittsburgh since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 23-year-old
rookie picked up his first major league win in four starts Monday against the
CC Sabathia (5-6, 4.78 ERA) comes off the injured list for the Yankees to face
Cleveland in the finale of a four-game series between American League pennant
contenders. The 39-year-old lefty, who spent his first 7 seasons with the
Indians and won the 2007 AL Cy Young Award with them, has been out since July
28 with right knee inflammation. Mike Clevinger (7-2, 3.34) goes for Cleveland.
He is 6-0 with a 2.39 ERA in his past eight starts and struck out 10 last year
in his only previous start at Yankee Stadium.
A YEAR TO FORGET
Injuries to the starting rotation have been one reason the defending World
Series champion Red Sox are in danger of missing the postseason for the first
time since 2015. Chris Sale went on the injured list Saturday with left elbow
inflammation, raising questions about whether he will pitch again this season.
But on Sunday, World Series hero Nathan Eovaldi will make his first start since
April when Boston hosts last-place Baltimore. Eovaldi missed three months after
undergoing elbow surgery in April and has worked out of the bullpen since his
return. He did not allow a run in three relief appearances over the past week.
The Red Sox are 6 games out of a wild-card spot.
The Toronto Blue Jays await word on rookie third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr.,
who left Saturday's game against Seattle because of a sore left knee and went
for an MRI.
In the second inning, Guerrero cut in front of shortstop Bo Bichette to field a
grounder and made an awkward throw across his body. Guerrero finished the
inning but did not return in the third. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said
Guerrero "felt a little tweak in his knee."
The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and a finalist in the Home Run
Derby at the All-Star Game in Cleveland, Guerrero leads AL rookies in hits (95)
and doubles (22). He homered in Friday's win over the Mariners, his 14th. He's
batting .274 with 54 RBIs in 93 games.
Guerrero missed more than a month at Double-A New Hampshire last season because
of a strained ligament in his left knee.
The NL-leading Dodgers will be without pitcher Julio Uras until September
after he accepted a 20-game suspension by Major League Baseball for a domestic
violence incident. MLB gave Uras credit for serving five games while he was on
administrative leave in May, leaving 15 remaining to serve without pay.
The commissioner's office said Saturday that Uras has agreed not to appeal the
discipline and will participate in an evaluation and treatment program. He can
return to the majors on Sept. 2 and is eligible for the postseason. The
two-time defending NL champion Dodgers lead the NL West by 19 games.
The 23-year-old lefty from Mexico was arrested in May and accused of shoving a
woman. The charges were ultimately dropped, but MLB pursued its own punishment
under the league's domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
Uras is 4-3 with a 2.64 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 26 games, including six
starts and his fourth save in a three-inning appearance Friday.
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