LEADING OFF: Bumgarner sees Red; Yanks go west; Abreu fresh
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner gets another shot at a team that has given him trouble throughout his career. Bumgarner is 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA in seven career starts against the Cincinnati Reds. Third baseman Todd Frazier is 4 for 9 with a homer against the San Francisco Giants left-hander.
The New York Yankees play their first game this season outside the Eastern time zone when they open a three-game series at AL champion Kansas City. New York began the year with 36 games in the Eastern time zone. Yankees starter Michael Pineda (5-0) struck out 16 in his most recent outing Sunday against Baltimore, which matched the second-highest total in team history.
TAKE A BREATHER
White Sox slugger Jose Abreu should be well rested when Chicago begins a three-game series in Oakland. Abreu got his first day off this season Wednesday, and the White Sox were off Thursday. The 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is hitting .288 with six homers and 20 RBIs.
GOOD PLACE TO HIT
Cleveland Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall has struggled this season, batting .221 with three homers and 14 RBIs. Perhaps a return to Texas will help. In his most recent visit to the Rangers' ballpark on June 9 last season, Chisenhall had the best game of his career. He went 5 for 5 with three home runs and nine RBIs in a 17-7 victory.
Two of the top teams in the majors meet for an interleague series when Detroit visits St. Louis. The Tigers and Cardinals faced each other in the World Series in 1934, 1968 and 2006. Detroit has won 19 of 29 interleague games between the clubs.
Gold Glove center fielder Juan Lagares is expected back in the New York Mets' lineup when they host Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series. Lagares missed the final three games of a four-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs over the Mets this week at Wrigley Field because of a strain on his upper right side. New York starter Bartolo Colon (6-1), nine days shy of his 42nd birthday, tries to become the first seven-game winner in the majors.