John Bazemore
April 26, 2016

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

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ARRIETA ENCORE

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta makes his first start since throwing a no-hitter when he faces the Brewers at Wrigley Field. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner pitched his second career no-no last Thursday at Cincinnati.

Johnny Vander Meer in 1938 became the only pitcher to throw two straight no-hitters, doing it for the Reds.

The Cubs have won the last 17 times Arrieta has started, matching a team record.

POWER OUTAGE

The Braves' home-run drought has reached a whopping 15 games going into their matchup with the Red Sox at Fenway Park. It's the worst homer slump for the franchise since a 16-gamer for the Boston Braves in 1946.

Atlanta has hit just three home runs in 20 games this year.

NO PENALTY

Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins will be able to stay on the field. He won't be suspended by Major League Baseball for directing an obscene gesture at booing home fans after losing a ball in the lights Monday night.

HARD TIME FOR HARVEY

Mets star Matt Harvey (1-3) has a 5.24 ERA after four starts going into this outing against Cincinnati. Batters are hitting .200 (11 for 55) against him through four innings this season, .353 (6 for 17) in the fifth and .714 (10 for 14) in the sixth.

GETTING CLOSER

The Rangers might say what the next step is for ace Yu Darvish, fresh off throwing another live batting practice session.

Darvish last pitched in a major league game in August 2014 and had Tommy John surgery in March 2015. The 29-year-old righty was 39-25 with a 3.27 ERA in his first three seasons with Texas and was an All-Star each year.

CHECK HIM

The Reds will see how second baseman Brandon Phillips is feeling as he recovers from a pair of injuries. He didn't play vs. the Mets on Tuesday night, a day after a most painful at-bat - he fouled a ball off his shin and left foot, struggled to get back into the batter's box and then was hit on the left ring finger by a pitch.

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