LEADING OFF: Hunter's 40th birthday, Kershaw starts 2nd half
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
TORII TURNS 40
Torii Hunter has no idea what his mother has in store for his 40th birthday, but he knows she's up to something. The right fielder will celebrate in Oakland, where the Twins play at night. Mom Shirley, his wife and plenty of family and friends are in town for the big day.
A's right fielder Josh Reddick reached out with an early birthday greeting when he saw Hunter on Friday at the Coliseum.
''That's respect. They call me `old goat,''' Hunter said. ''I got drafted at 17 and I'm still playing at 40. I never thought I'd be doing that. It's just a number to me right now. I keep in shape and there are guys who keep me young. Thank God for genetics.''
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will be working on three days' rest when he starts at Nationals Park. The LA lefty took the loss in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in one inning. Manager Don Mattingly was hesitant to send him back to the mound Friday. ''We felt this was best for Clayton,'' Mattingly said. Either way, it's trouble for Washington: Kershaw is 7-2 lifetime vs. the Nationals and hasn't lost to them since August 2010.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey looks to start fresh in the second half when Toronto hosts Tampa Bay. He has lost his last four outings, and has only one victory in nine games since May 21, contributing to his 3-10 record so far.
Ozzie Guillen and members of the 2005 White Sox will take part in a parade honoring their team that won the World Series. They'll enjoy the 10th anniversary ride before Chicago hosts the Royals. Led by Paul Konerko and a strong pitching staff and managed by Guillen, that club brought Chicago its first crown since 1917.
READY OR NOT?
Right-hander Kris Medlen will find out soon whether the Royals intend to activate him. He reported to the team in Chicago this weekend, and is waiting for a decision. Medlen is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013, when he won 15 games for Atlanta.
Detroit left-hander David Price, who got the win for the American League in the All-Star Game, makes his first start after the break Saturday night when the Tigers host Baltimore. Detroit is 15-3 this year when Price pitches.