START: Mets-Phils again, Hinch vs. Houston, Ohtani to try

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The Mets and Phillies resume hostilities in Philadelphia just four days after their previous game at Citi Field, which ended a bit testy.

An inning after Philadelphia reliever Cristopher Sánchez hit Francisco Lindor in the thigh with a 93 mph pitch on Sunday night, New York right-hander Yoan López threw to Kyle Schwarber.

Both benches were cautioned and Schwarber was eventually put down. López then dived Alec Bohm with a 1-2 change, but was not ejected.

The following day, López (three games) and Mets manager Buck Showalter (one game) were suspended by Major League Baseball. An appeal was filed by López, who had previously been dismissed as an option to Triple-A.

Aaron Nola (1-3, 3.90) pitches for the Phillies in Game 1 of a four-game series. Taijuan Walker (0-0, 0.00) makes his third start of the season for the Mets — all against Philadelphia. New York have won four of six meetings this year, and the NL East rivals will play 13 times by the end of May.


Houston opens a four-game home series against former coach AJ Hinch and the Detroit Tigers. Hinch guided the Astros to two AL pennants and a World Series title before getting fired following the team’s illegal sign-stealing scandal.

He was replaced by Dusty Baker, who this week became the 12th manager in major league history to reach 2,000 wins – and the first black man to accomplish the feat.

Houston is hoping star second baseman Jose Altuve is feeling better after fouling a fly ball in the groin area in Wednesday’s win over Seattle. Altuve initially stayed in the game but later came out with right groin pain.

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera has 3,005 hits, two behind Tigers great Al Kaline for 31st on the career list.


Shohei Ohtani is expected to return to the mound for the Angels in the series finale at Fenway Park after dealing with a tight groin this week.

Ohtani was dropped from the roster on Monday against Boston but started as the designated hitter on Tuesday and Wednesday. The AL MVP slumped at the plate early in the season but has recently looked sharp on the mound, going 2-2 with a 4.19 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings .


Giants ace Logan Webb (3-1, 3.26 ERA) allowed 11 career hits for Washington in his previous outing, a setback he will look to shake off in Game 1 of a series against St. Louis. He will face Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas (1-1, 1.52), who pitched the eighth inning against Arizona last time out but still lost a 2-0 decision.


The plummeting Cincinnati Reds (3-21) rack up losses on and off the field.

Already with the worst record in the majors by far, the Reds removed outfielders Tyler Naquin and Nick Senzel from the starting lineup for Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee and placed them both on the disabled list. They were added without injury designations, an indication that both are sidelined with COVID-19 related issues.

Star first baseman Joey Votto was added to the IL for COVID-19 on Tuesday, although manager David Bell said Votto had not tested positive at the time. Bell said Wednesday that Votto would likely be out “more than a few days.”

Rookie fire pitcher Hunter Greene will start Cincinnati’s series finale against the Brewers. After throwing a record 39 fastballs over 100 mph on April 16, his speed plummeted, averaging 95.8 and 96.7 mph in his last two starts.


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