LEADING OFF: Arrieta tries to avoid skid, Mengden debuts
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
ARRIETA LOOKING FOR 10TH WIN
Jake Arrieta went nearly a full year without losing a game, but now the Cubs ace is trying to avoid a losing streak. Arrieta (9-1, 1.80 ERA) looks to bounce back from his first loss of the season when he faces the Braves. Arrieta struck out 12 batters in five innings in the Cubs' 3-2 loss to Arizona which ended his streak of 20 straight wins. Arrieta allowed no runs in a combined 13 innings while winning each of his two starts against the Braves last season.
ON THE RISE
Daniel Mengden makes his major league debut for Oakland in the second game of a series against the Cincinnati Reds, completing his fast rise through the Athletics' system. They obtained the 23-year-old pitcher from Houston as part of the deal for Scott Kazmir last July. He was a fourth-round pick in 2014 and didn't make it above Class A last season.
The Rays send RHP Chris Archer (4-7, 4.73) to the mound against Astros RHP Mike Fiers (3-3, 5.00) in the middle date of the three-game weekend series. Archer is 3-1 with a 0.80 ERA in five career starts vs. Houston and enters this one with a streak of 15 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings against the Astros.
Brewers opening day starter Wily Peralta (3-7, 6.79) could be in danger of losing his spot in the rotation. The right-hander has struggled most of the year, and Matt Garza appears to be getting close to returning from a right back muscle injury. Peralta's latest chance to prove his case comes when he gets the start against the New York Mets.
CLOSING IT OUT
The amateur draft wraps with rounds 11-40, ending the three-day event. Rounds 3-10 happened Friday, and a few familiar names were among those announced, including Craig Biggio's son, Cavan, and Rafael Palmeiro's son, Preston. Cavan Biggio, a Notre Dame infielder, went to Toronto in the fifth round, while Preston Palmeiro, a first baseman at North Carolina State, went in the seventh round to the Orioles.