LEADING OFF: All-Star rosters, Reyes returns, ALCS rematch
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Rosters for the July 12 All-Star Game in San Diego get announced at 7 p.m. EDT. Fan-elected starters, plus pitchers and reserves for the American League and National League teams will be revealed on ESPN. Based on vote totals from the final balloting update released last week, the Cubs and Red Sox figure to be well-represented. In fact, Chicago players could make up the entire starting infield for the NL.
Jose Reyes is set to rejoin the Mets for their game against Miami, his return to the majors following a domestic violence suspension. The 33-year-old infielder, a four-time All-Star shortstop who played for New York from 2003-11, re-signed with the team last month and hit .176 (6 for 34) during 11 games in the minors. Reyes has shifted to third base in the minors and is likely to play there with the Mets in place of injured captain David Wright. New York has won five straight.
After winning the series opener 6-2 Monday night, Toronto hosts Kansas City again in another rematch of last year's AL Championship Series, won by the Royals in six games. Kansas City right-hander Chris Young (2-7, 6.24 ERA) is 0-5 with an 8.53 ERA in six road starts and winless away from home since a victory at Chicago on July 17, 2015. Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (5-9, 4.21) is 0-6 with a 5.14 ERA in eight home starts.
The Rangers and Red Sox square off again at Fenway Park in a matchup of playoff contenders. A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.93 ERA) makes his third start for Texas since returning from the DL after right shoulder stiffness. Boston lefty David Price (8-5, 4.74) will be looking for a better outing against the Rangers. On June 24, he was tagged for 12 hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings.
COMING AND GOING
Looking for their sixth consecutive victory, the Pirates plan to call up left-hander Steven Brault from Triple-A Indianapolis to start in St. Louis against Mike Leake (5-6, 4.13). Brault replaces touted rookie Jameson Taillon (2-1, 3.86), put on the 15-day disabled list Monday with right shoulder fatigue. In addition, Pittsburgh ace Gerrit Cole will make a rehab start for Indianapolis against Louisville. Cole went on the disabled list June 14 with a strained right triceps.
Colorado tries to stop a six-game skid when Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 3.15 ERA) returns from a strained middle back that landed him on the disabled list June 19. He faces Giants ace Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 2.20), a strong candidate to earn his fourth straight All-Star selection Tuesday. Bumgarner is 12-6 against the Rockies in 24 starts. He is batting .246 (14 for 57) with four of his 13 career home runs - including a grand slam - and 15 RBIs vs. Colorado.