LEADING OFF: Stanton could return, Martinez well rested

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:



Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton had been hoping to play when the New York Mets came to town. He's been out since June 26 because of a broken left hand, and said it didn't feel totally OK after a couple minor league at-bats this week. Might come down to a game-time decision at Marlins Park.


Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera and outfielder Alex Rios might be able to work out early at Kauffman Stadium after recently being diagnosed with chickenpox. If they do come to the ballpark, they'll leave before the rest of the team arrives to play the White Sox.


Carlos Martinez will be pitching on two extra days of rest when he starts for St. Louis at home vs. the Pirates. The NL Central-leading Cardinals hold a comfortable lead over second-place Pittsburgh and altered their rotation to give Martinez (13-6, 2.91 ERA) a break.


Rookie Miguel Sano could return to the starting lineup when the contending Twins visit Houston to begin a nine-game road trip. He didn't start Thursday because of a hamstring problem.


The AL East-leading Blue Jays send Drew Hutchison to the mound at Rogers Centre to face Baltimore. He is 13-2 despite a 4.87 ERA - it helps that he pitches for the highest-scoring team in the majors.

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