LEADING OFF: Scherzer-Harvey matchup, Lester tries again
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
Max Scherzer returns to the Washington rotation and faces Mets ace Matt Harvey at Citi Field. Scherzer missed his previously scheduled start after jamming his right thumb while batting. Scherzer and Harvey were the starters in July 2013 for All-Star Game at Citi Field - they faced each other the next month, too, in Harvey's last outing before Tommy John surgery.
SPEED IT UP
The system of warnings and fines for hitters and pitchers who dawdle now go into effect under Major League Baseball's pace of play rules. With an emphasis on speeding up, games are taking about 8 minutes less this year over last season.
The Los Angeles Angels will see how Albert Pujols is feeling after he sat out with a hamstring problem. The cleanup man was forced to leave Wednesday night's game because of the trouble. The Angels begin a series at San Francisco.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Orioles open a shifted series at Tampa Bay. The three games were moved from Camden Yards to Tropicana Field this week after violence broke out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody after suffering a spinal cord injury under mysterious circumstances. The Orioles officially will remain the home team and bat last at the Rays' park.
Jon Lester makes yet another bid for his first win with the Chicago Cubs. The left-hander was the prize pitcher in last winter's free agent market, but is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in four starts for his new team. He faces Milwaukee in an afternoon game at Wrigley Field.