Moving on: Astros vs. Yanks, Musgrove returns to face Philos

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fighting in the bronx

American League powerhouses are in turmoil when Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees host Jordan Alvarez and the Houston Astros in a highly anticipated four-game series opener.

New York (51-18) claims the best record in the majors, and Houston (43-25) is second only to the Yankees in the AL standings. Both clubs already have a two-point division lead, so this matchup could certainly serve as another playoff preview coming October.

Still troubled by ALCS losses to Houston in 2017 and 2019, Yankees fans are sure to boo and cheer on the Astros again for their 2017-18 cheating scandal.

Judge leads the big leagues with 27 home runs after hitting a pair in Wednesday night’s comeback win at Tampa Bay. Alvarez is second with 21 after making three launches in a two-game sweep of the New York Mets at home.

Alvarez has nine homers in his last 20 appearances.

“Whenever a player goes to New York and plays there, it’s really exciting with the history and ballpark of that team,” he said via a translator. “We know they’re a really good team so we’re just going to try to compete and win.”

Framber Valdez (7-3, 2.78 ERA) starts for Houston against Jameson Talon (8-1, 2.70).

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Joe Musgrove (8-0, 1.59 ERA) comes off the COVID-19 injured list to start for the San Diego Padres against Bryce Harper and the visiting Phillies. Musgrove visited IL last Friday after testing positive.

Ranger Suárez (5–4, 4.43) pitched for Philadelphia in the first match of the four-match series.

Kyle Schwarber has reached base in 26 consecutive games for the Phillies. But they lost three in a row after winning 14 of their first 16 under interim manager Rob Thomson, who fired Joe Girardi. Harper returned to the lineup in Texas on Wednesday after losing three games with an infected blister on his left index finger.

San Diego won a three-game series over Arizona without All-Star slugger Manny Machado, who sprained his left ankle last weekend. The team does not think that Machado will need to go on the injured list.

Padres manager Bob Melvin returned to the dugout on Wednesday after missing 11 games while under COVID-19 protocol.

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Jose Ramirez and the red-hot Cleveland Guardian go for a three-game sweep in Minnesota that will give them a two-game lead over the Twins in AL Central.

The Young Guardians collected four runs to beat Minnesota 11-10 in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. Cleveland has won seven consecutive series and is 17-4 since May 30.

“I think we are a special team,” said shortstop Amade Rosario via a translator.

Zach Plesac (2-4, 4.41 ERA) pitched for the Guardians against Devin Smeltzer (3-1, 3.52). The teams also meet five times over four days the following week in Cleveland.

‘The pen is powerful’

Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals have a one-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central in their four-game series finale in Milwaukee.

In the last two games, the St. Louis Relievers have allowed only one hit and three walks while playing 10 1/3 unscored innings.

“There are some incredible weapons out there,” Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright said. “We like our place when we meet them.”

Dakota Hudson (5-3, 3.31 ERA) will face 29-year-old Milwaukee rookie Jason Alexander (1-0, 2.42).

Next Generation

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.08 ERA) starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers against Reds rookie Hunter Greene (3-7, 5.26), who hit 100 mph when facing his hometown. 39 pitches were thrown at a speed of more than Rs. team in April

Freddie Freeman has seven RBIs in the first two games of the series in last-place Cincinnati, having dropped six in two seasons and eight in a row for the Dodgers at Great American Ball Park.

WOBBLING WHITE SOCKS

After seeing three players getting out early, the White Sox are a bit upset going into the first match of their series against Baltimore at home.

Chicago outfielder Louis Robert extended his hitting streak to 13 games in a 9-5 loss to Toronto on Wednesday. But he ran slowly to first and stopped there when his hit overtook left fielder Lourdes Gurrill Jr. and eventually left the game in eighth place.

“When he doesn’t get the ball to the wall, he doesn’t go to second, you know he’s going to feel some good in there,” Chicago manager Tony La Russa said.

White Sox fielder Danny Mendick went into trouble with his right knee after hitting outfielder Adam Hesley on a foul pop. Right fielder Adam Engel was ruled out due to pain in his right hamstring.

La Russa said star shortstop Tim Anderson, who returned on Monday after losing 18 games to a right groin strain, did not play under doctor’s orders. And first baseman Jose Abreu was transferred to designated hitter duties due to a hip problem.

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Veteran outfielder Lorenzo Cain has cleared a waiver and has become a free agent – at 36 years old, it is uncertain whether he hopes to play again.

Cain was batting .179 in 43 games with a homer and nine RBIs when he was released by the Brewers. He is on the last season of a five-year, $80 million contract.

The two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner was named for the assignment on Saturday. That was the day he reached 10 years of major league service, allowing him to be fully vested in the players’ pension fund.

“It just got to a point where maybe it’s time,” Cain said after Milwaukee moved the roster. “I wasn’t performing the way I wanted to, but the situation is what it is. I’ve had a great career. I really can’t be bothered with anything, but yeah, it’s time.”

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