LEADING OFF: Blue Jays go for team-record 12th straight win
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
TORRID TORONTO, AND THE TRADE
The Blue Jays try for their team-record 12th straight win when speedy shortstop Jose Reyes returns to Citi Field to take on the Mets in an interleague matchup that features several familiar faces. Rookie pitcher Noah Syndergaard was traded with catcher Travis d'Arnaud from Toronto to New York after the 2012 season in a deal for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Syndergaard starts the opener against the top-scoring team in the majors. ''I'm just going into it like it's another game,'' he said. ''I don't really hold any grudges against them for that.''
Alex Rodriguez takes his pursuit of the 3,000-hit mark to his hometown. The Yankees begin a two-game series in Miami and the attendance-challenged Marlins expect more than 30,000 fans each day, even though it's uncertain how much they'll see him. He has played only six games in the field this season, and there will be no designated hitter. Rodriguez has 2,995 hits, and manager Joe Girardi said his inclination was not to start him. A-Rod grew up in Miami and hasn't played there since 2009. ''Obviously it will be a special homecoming for me,'' he said.
REELING RED SOX
Boston has lost a season-worst six in a row going into the series opener against Atlanta at Fenway Park. ''We're not in a good place right now as a team, but it's not because we're not giving effort,'' manager John Farrell said. ''We're not executing completely.''
Oakland righty Jesse Hahn (3-5) starts at Petco Park on a mound he knows well. He spent his rookie season with San Diego last year before being traded to the Athletics. Padres righty Josh Johnson, sidelined since 2013 because of elbow trouble, will throw 15-20 pitches in an one-inning simulated game earlier in the day.
Twins outfielder Torii Hunter rejoins the team in St. Louis after serving a two-game suspension imposed for his uniform-tossing tirade last week. Highly touted rookie Byron Buxton hopes to get his first hit, a day after making his major league debut.