LEADING OFF: White Sox to play Orioles in empty Camden Yards
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
After a pair of postponements caused by rioting in Baltimore, the Orioles and Chicago White Sox will play at Camden Yards in what is believed to be the first game without fans in 145 seasons of major league baseball. Because of the unsettled environment in Baltimore, officials moved the game up five hours from its original 7:05 p.m. starting time and closed it to the public.
In addition, Baltimore's weekend series against Tampa Bay was shifted from Camden Yards to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, with the Orioles remaining the home team and batting last.
Arizona's medical staff hopes to have a more complete update on Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley after the rookie right-hander apparently avoided serious injury Tuesday night when he was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez.
Bradley's cheek was bruised and swollen, yet a scan at the hospital revealed nothing more than slight sinus cavity damage. He had no symptoms of a concussion but is likely headed to the disabled list.
Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (3-0) tries to slow down the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game series at Wrigley Field. Cole is 5-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts against the Cubs.
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Michael Pineda (3-0) moves up to start on four days' rest in place of injured Masahiro Tanaka when the surging New York Yankees attempt to finish a three-game sweep of visiting Tampa Bay. The team announced Tuesday night that Tanaka will miss at least a month because of tendinitis in his right wrist and a mild right forearm strain.
Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett expects to get the five stitches in his left hand removed. He cut his hand near the knuckle on the edge of a soap tray in the shower at PNC Park and went on the 15-day disabled list April 21.
PITCHING IN DAYLIGHT
Phil Hughes takes the mound at noon for Minnesota's series finale against Detroit. Hughes was 11-2 with a 3.26 ERA in 16 daytime starts last season. So far in 2015, he's lost all three of his afternoon starts and has a 5.30 ERA.
Cleveland hosts the Kansas City Royals, ending a stretch of 17 games in a row for the Indians against AL Central teams. They open a four-game series with Toronto on Thursday night before returning to division play next week.