Leading: Green Debut for Reds, Stanton Rocks Red Sox

Here’s a look at what’s happening around the Major on Sunday:

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he is so green

Reds right-hander Hunter Greene will make his much-anticipated major league debut when he takes on the World Series champion Braves in Atlanta.

Green’s status as a top prospect has been enhanced by his focus on his 100 mph fastball.

“It’s a special gift and he should accept it and it should give him confidence,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said on Saturday. “…there’s more to pitching than velocity, and he knows it.”

The 22-year-old Green (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) was the second overall pick by the Reds in the 2017 draft. He posted a combined record of 10-8 with 3.30 ERAs at Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville in 2021. He scored 234 runs in 179 innings in three minor league seasons.

Bell said he would try to start as normal as possible for Green. “Never mind, it’s going to be a big day for him. He’s ready and he’s poised for success.”

Ian Anderson is ready to pitch for the Braves. On his last debut, he bowled five hitless innings in Game 3 of the World Series against Houston and won.

Giant Giancarlo

Not always a fan favorite in the Bronx, Giancarlo Stanton has been earning his pinstripes against rival Red Sox. The Yankees slugger became the first player to homer in six straight games against Boston during Saturday’s 4-2 win, and he’ll have a chance at No. 7 in prime time. Stanton and Anthony Rizzo became the first players in Yankees history to have a homer in the first two games of the season.

Three players played five consecutive games against Boston: Mickey Mantle (1954), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996–97) and Jim Thome (1997).

Tall company for 6-foot-6 Stanton, and more on the way: St. Peter’s men’s basketball team will be awarded the pregame Sunday night at Yankee Stadium for their run for the Elite Eight, and 6-foot-7 KC Ndefo will forward. Throw a formal first pitch.

her beam stage

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber made his Tampa Bay debut against the Orioles at Tropicana Field.

Wright, 35, joined the Rays last season after going 5-3 for the Yankees with an ERA of 3.83. He pitched a no-hitter for New York, but also lost significant time due to a shoulder injury.

Kluber has also played for Cleveland and Texas in his 12-season career.

Two-time AL East champion Ray has defeated Baltimore 14 times in a row, his longest streak against an opponent in team history. The string includes a pair of victories starting this year.

Tampa Bay is 20-1 against the O since the start of 2021, knocking them out 157-75 in that period.

check it out

The Cardinals will see how manager Oliver Marmol is feeling a day after being down with the flu.

Marmol, the winner in his debut as a major league manager on Thursday, was at Busch Stadium ahead of Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. He tested negative for COVID-19 and left the ballpark.

St. Louis Bench coach Skip Shoemaker filled in Marmol in a 6-2 win over the Pirates.

get out early

White Sox ace Lucas Giolito will be sidelined due to a lower abdominal strain that happened when he was pitching on opening day.

Giolito is on the 10-day injury list. He felt uneasy during three consecutive pitches and informed the coaching staff after the fourth inning in Detroit on Friday. Wright, 27, hit a hit and a six before leaving.

“I think it’s a random, eccentric, weird thing,” Giolito said. “It doesn’t happen very often with baseball players. … I am very optimistic that this will not affect my season much.’

The All-Star was 11-9 last season with a 3.53 ERA.

Another Chicago starter, Lance Lynn, underwent knee surgery earlier this month and is expected to be out for four to six weeks.

wisdom

Rangers newcomer John Gray will be out because of a blister that developed on day one.

Signed to a $56 million, four-year contract after spending seven seasons in Colorado, Gray threw four innings at Toronto on Friday before leaving with a blister on his middle right finger. He conceded three runs in four innings.

Texas has put 30-year-old Wright on a 10-day injured list.

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