LEADING OFF: Indians' Kluber to face Athletics' Gray
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
Cleveland's Corey Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, faces Oakland's Sonny Gray, an early leader for this season's award, on the final day before the All-Star break. Kluber (4-9, 3.45 ERA) has struggled to get wins but is second in the AL with 148 strikeouts - trailing only Chicago's Chris Sale (157). Gray, headed to the All-Star Game, is 9-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 17 starts.
Giants right-hander Chris Heston (8-5, 3.51 ERA) has pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts since giving up three runs in the third inning at Miami on July 1. He'll face Chad Billingsley (1-2, 6.67) and the Phillies in the series finale.
SEEKING A WIN
Tampa Bay's Matt Moore (0-0, 8.00 ERA) will make his third start after missing almost 15 months following elbow ligament replacement surgery. He is still seeking his first win since Sept. 29. 2013.The 2013 AL All-Star made just two starts, both losses, in April 2014 before having surgery. Moore will be opposed by Houston rookie Lance McCullers (4-2, 2.16 ERA), who attended high school in Tampa, Fla., and will be pitching against the Rays for the first time.
Jake Arrieta (9-5, 2.80 ERA) goes for his 10th win as the Chicago Cubs wrap up their weekend series against Jose Quintana (4-8, 3.69) and the crosstown White Sox at Wrigley Field.
SEEING THE FUTURE
Reds greats Tony Perez and Ken Griffey Jr. will manage the Futures All-Star Game, with some of baseball's up-and-comers taking their swings at homer-friendly Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The game will kick off the All-Star festivities, with the Home Run Derby set for Monday night and the major league All-Star Game on Tuesday night.