LEADING OFF: It's deGrom for Mets, Tigers try to end skid
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom starts at Atlanta, back after missing one turn because of a sore right lat muscle and another due to health complications following the birth of his son, Jaxon.
DeGrom said his son had a form of apnea that caused him to stop breathing after falling asleep. Jaxon is doing well now, deGrom said. ''It was definitely scary,'' deGrom said. ''He had to be checked into the NICU and they had to monitor him in there but when all the tests came back and nothing was seriously wrong we were pretty relieved. But at first it was a scary time.''
Drew Smyly is coming off consecutive 11-strikeout games and is emerging as an ace for Tampa Bay's staff. Since coming over from Detroit in a trade for David Price, Smyly is 8-5 with a 2.58 ERA in 22 starts with the Rays, including 0-2 with a 2.91 ERA this season. He opposes Michael Pineda at Yankee Stadium.
The Tigers have lost three in a row and manager Brad Ausmus kept the clubhouse closed for 30 minutes after the most recent defeat. He called it a ''discussion'' but didn't elaborate after Detroit fell for the sixth time in eight games.
The Tigers will try to get back on track when Shane Greene starts in Cleveland against Carlos Carrasco.
NO STRESS FOR STRAS
Washington ace Stephen Strasburg (3-0, 1.25 ERA) tries to go 4-0 for the first time in his career. The right-hander will start at Nationals Park against the Twins.
Mat Latos (3-0, 0.49) is off to the best start of his career. Now in his eighth season, the White Sox newcomer has given up just one run and six hits in 18 1/3 innings over three outings. He pitches next at home against Texas.
Red Sox lefty Henry Owens makes his first big league start this season, pitching at night in Houston. The 23-year-old went 1-1 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Pawtucket before being called up and had a 4.57 ERA in 11 starts with Boston last season.