A glimpse of what’s happening around the majors today:
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Two Cy Young Award winners are on the mound when Corbin Burnes and the Milwaukee Brewers visit Blake Snell and the San Diego Padres in a clash between two of the National League’s top teams.
A NL Cy Young winner last year, Burnes is 1-2 with a 2.26 ERA in eight starts. Snell, who won the AL Award in 2018, made his season debut last Wednesday after returning from a groin injury and going 3 2/3 innings in a 3-0 loss at Philadelphia.
Milwaukee placed starter Freddy Peralta on the 15-day disabled list on Monday with right lateral strain and placed closer-to-star Josh Hader on the family medical emergency list. The moves came as the Brewers embarked on an 11-game, 10-day road trip, their longest of the season.
Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Hader will miss the entire three-game series to be with his wife, who is expecting their first child.
“Josh’s wife had complications with her pregnancy and they’re at a stage where Josh didn’t feel comfortable leaving,” Counsell said Monday.
Trevor Story and the resurgent Red Sox are looking for their season-best sixth straight win when they hit the road to face the Chicago White Sox in a 2021 AL Playoff Qualifier. Nick Pivetta (2-4, 4.22 ERA) starts for Boston against Dylan Cease (4-1, 3.09) in Game 1 of a three-game series.
Story, the reigning AL Player of the Week, had five home runs and 13 RBIs in a four-game sweep against Seattle at Fenway Park last weekend.
Tim Anderson and the White Sox are coming off a doubleheader on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
SUN STATE RIVALRY
Miami Marlins right-hander Pablo López (4-1, 1.57) brings his best ERA in the NL in an interleague game with left-hander Shane McClanahan (3-2, 2.33) and the Tampa Bay Rays.
The two Florida cities also just faced off on the ice – the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped up a four-game sweep against the Florida Panthers in their playoff series. NHL Monday night.
THE RETURN OF THE NOT-SO-OLD SAILOR
Seattle optimistic 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis is ready to join the big league club.
Mariners manager Scott Servais said Monday that Lewis was on his way to Seattle to be checked by team medical staff in hopes he would be activated on Tuesday.
Lewis, 26, was limited to 36 games last season due to a knee injury. The Mariners initially thought Lewis would be ready at the start of spring training, but his recovery has been slowed and Lewis has just completed a 20-day stint in rehab at Triple-A Tacoma. He was the designated hitter for almost every game and would likely play that role with the Mariners.
“That’s not to say he won’t be back in the outfield at some point this year, but for where we are right now and his anxiety to come back and be a contributor here, I thought “It was best to try and get him to fill the DH spot as quickly as possible,” Servais said.
CATCH THE CARDS
The Cardinals will once again be without veteran receiver Yadier Molina when they face Kevin Gausman (3-3, 2.52 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays in the final of a two-game interleague series.
St. Louis, which has won four straight, placed Molina on the mourners list Monday and announced that right-hander Alex Reyes will undergo shoulder surgery later this month.
Molina, 39, is scheduled to miss at least three games and a maximum of seven. He’s batting .239 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 26 games in what will likely be his final major league season.
Her son injured his arm playing baseball in Puerto Rico and was due for surgery on Tuesday morning.
Rookie receiver Iván Herrera has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Herrera, 21, is one of the organization’s top prospects.
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