LEADING OFF: Blue Jays try for 9th W in row, Greinke streak
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:
Since acquiring shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays are 11-0 with him in the starting lineup. Toronto has won eight straight overall and tries to extend the streak when it hosts Oakland. Tulowitzki, acquired July 28, is hitting .244 with three homers, two doubles and six RBIs in 12 appearances with the Blue Jays. At the time of the deal, Toronto was in fourth place in the AL East, trailing New York by eight games. Now, the Blue Jays are just 1 1/2 games behind.
NO ''L'' IN GREINKE
Dodgers ace Zack Greinke hasn't lost a start since June 13, a stretch of nine outings in which he's picked up six victories. The right-hander next pitches at home against Washington. His last time out, Greinke moved to 11-2 this season despite allowing six earned runs over six innings at Philadelphia.
After finishing a four-game sweep of the Giants, the Cubs look to stretch their winning streak at Wrigley Field when they host Milwaukee. Dan Haren makes his second start for Chicago, having lost his debut after being acquired from Miami.
Fresh off an impressive major league debut, Luis Severino will make his second start for the Yankees as they open a three-game series at Cleveland. The right-hander limited Boston to two runs over five frames in a loss last Wednesday, becoming the first AL pitcher to allow two hits or fewer, walk none and strike out at least seven in his first pro appearance, the Yankees said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.
Michael Cuddyer is set to rejoin the Mets' lineup when the NL East leaders host Colorado. The 36-year-old came off the disabled list Monday and didn't start. Cuddyer was the team's main left fielder until being sidelined by inflammation in his knee. But with the emergence of rookie outfielder Michael Conforto, Terry Collins says Cuddyer will be used in other places than left.