FILE - In this April 21, 2016 file photo, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon stands in the dugout during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. Expectations for both Chicago baseball teams this year are high as the Cubs and White Sox lead
John Minchillo, File
April 28, 2016

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

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MEETING OF CHAMPIONS

In the opener of a series between the last two NL pennant winners, left-hander Steven Matz (2-1, 5.40 ERA) is slated to start for the defending champion New York Mets against San Francisco and right-hander Jake Peavy (1-1, 6.86 ERA).

TOP AND BOTTOM

Jon Lester (2-1, 1.98) starts for the Chicago Cubs (16-5) and Aaron Blair (0-1, 5.06) for the visiting Atlanta Braves (5-17) in a matchup of the teams with the best and worst records in the major leagues.

DRAFT BUDDIES

Washington's Stephen Strasburg (3-0, 2.17), the top pick in the 2009 amateur draft, is to start Friday at St. Louis against Mike Leake (0-2, 5.64), taken by Cincinnati with the eighth pick that June.

OLD FRIENDS

The New York Yankees start a three-game series at Fenway Park in the first of 19 meetings this season against the Boston Red Sox. Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.92) starts for New York against Henry Owens (0-0, 8.10), a rematch of a game last Aug. 4 when Tanaka won in Owens' major league debut. Owens will be the eighth left-hander to start against the Yankees in their last 10 games.

FUN PLACE TO PITCH

Hector Santiago (2-0, 2.70) starts for the Los Angeles Angels against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas, where he is 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in seven starts. Colby Lewis (1-0, 3.38) starts for the Rangers.

BAD MEMORY

Right-hander Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 3.47) starts for the Colorado on Friday at Chase Field, where he injured his pitching elbow on April 29, 2014, an injury that required Tommy John surgery. Robbie Ray (1-0, 3.80) starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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