LEADING OFF: Greinke again, Vladdy & daddy, Brewers pitch in


A take a look at what’s taking place across the majors as of late:

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ZACK IS BACK

Houston Astros right-hander Zack Greinke makes his first get started since checking out certain for COVID-19 final month.

Greinke (11-5, 2.66 ERA) is scheduled to pitch at Texas, the similar crew he misplaced to at the highway in his final get started 16 days previous.

The 37-year-old Greinke gave up 9 hits and 6 runs in 4 innings at Texas on Aug. 29, two days prior to he was once put at the COVID-19 injured record whilst the Astros had been in Seattle.

Greinke had additionally misplaced his earlier get started in opposition to Kansas Town, marking the one time in his 27 begins this season he has dropped consecutive video games. AL West-leading Houston has misplaced 5 of his previous six begins total.

BIG BIRDS

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the power-packed Blue Jays are averaging 13 runs in keeping with recreation whilst successful 4 immediately over the last 3 days. They’ll tackle AL East-leading Tampa Bay once more after outhitting the Rays 17-2 in an 8-1 rout Monday evening that gave Toronto a 12-1 report in September.

Guerrero socked his primary league-leading 45th house run, shifting one forward of Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani. Guerrero additionally surpassed the season excessive set via his Corridor of Popularity father with Montreal in 2000.

Houston Astros beginning pitcher Zack Greinke throws in opposition to the Texas Rangers all through the primary inning of a 3-hitter Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Arlington, Texas.

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks during a baseball game Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Los Angeles.

Toronto sits atop a tightly contested AL wild-card race and leads the majors with 232 house runs.

PLAYOFF TICKETS

Kenley Jansen and the Los Angeles Dodgers can clinch their 9th consecutive playoff look with a win at house over last-place Arizona and losses via two of the next groups: Cincinnati, St. Louis, San Diego.

The protecting Global Sequence champions are 2 1/2 video games in the back of first-place San Francisco within the NL West. The rival Giants (94-50) changed into the primary crew to protected a 2021 postseason berth via beating San Diego 9-1 on Monday evening for his or her season-high 8th immediately victory. They’ll attempt to make it 9 in a row when Anthony DeSclafani (11-6, 3.33 ERA) faces Jake Arrieta (5-12, 7.04) and the suffering Padres.

LEG WORK

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (14-7, 2.78 ERA), driven again as a result of left hamstring tightness, is about to start out on six days’ leisure at Baltimore.

Cole may have a brand new shortstop in the back of him, too, after New York moved error-prone Gleyber Torres to moment base Monday. Torres will spend the remainder of the season at moment, supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned.

DJ LeMahieu switched from moment to 3rd, and Tyler Wade performed shortstop all through Monday’s comeback win over Minnesota. Boone mentioned Gio Urshela will transfer from 3rd and most probably turn out to be the common shortstop beginning Tuesday evening in opposition to the main league-worst Orioles.

Andrew Velazquez, a shortstop optioned Sunday to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, may well be recalled when eligible.

Torres, 24, was once essentially a moment baseman all through his first two seasons with the Yankees in 2018 and 2019. He stuffed in at shortstop when Didi Gregorius were given harm and was once moved there for 2020 after Gregorius left as a loose agent to signal with Philadelphia.

Torres made 9 mistakes final 12 months and has 18 this season, second-most within the American League in the back of Toronto’s Bo Bichette (24).

New York has misplaced 12 of 16 following a 13-game successful streak and is in a good race with AL East opponents Toronto and Boston for the league’s two wild playing cards.

HERE’S THE PITCH

Last in at the NL Central name, Milwaukee tries to increase its run of dominant pitching when Freddy Peralta (9-4, 2.69 ERA) begins the opener of a three-game collection in Detroit.

Eric Lauer held Cleveland hitless into the 6th inning Sunday in an 11-1 victory — an afternoon after Brewers ace Corbin Burnes and nearer Josh Hader mixed at the report 9th no-hitter within the majors this season. Milwaukee allowed best seven hits in a three-game sweep of the Indians.

Off on Monday, the Brewers have gained 5 in a row total and their magic quantity is 5 for clinching the department crown.

PROGRESS REPORT

Cleveland ace Shane Bieber (strained appropriate shoulder) is slated to throw 40-45 pitches on a minor league rehab project at Triple-A Columbus. The 2020 AL Cy Younger Award winner has been sidelined since June 13.

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