Houston Astros' Jose Altuve hits a two-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Seattle. Astros' Marwin Gonzalez also scored on the play. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Ted S. Warren
July 17, 2016

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

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BRINGING HIM BACK

The Mets have brought young outfielder Michael Conforto back from Triple-A for the start of a three-game series against the Cubs. Conforto was demoted after hitting .222 with 10 homers through 65 games with New York, but then hit .344 with three homers in 16 games with Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets sent down prospect Brandon Nimmo in a corresponding move after the 23-year-old batted .235 in 16 major league games. Steven Matz (7-5, 3.38) is up for the Mets against Jon Lester (9-4, 3.01), who allowed a season-high eight runs in a career-low 1 1/3 innings in his other start against New York this season.

STUMBLING CHISOX

Ace Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38) and the Chicago White Sox look to rebound against the Mariners. Sale allowed eight runs, including three homers, in an 11-8 loss to the lowly Braves in his last outing, while Chicago just lost three straight to the last-place Angels to open the second half. Seattle LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52 ERA) makes his fourth start since being acquired in a trade with Toronto.

LITTLE LEADER

AL batting leader Jose Altuve leads the Astros into a series at Oakland. The 5-foot-6 infielder is batting .346 after getting four hits Sunday, including his career high-tying 15th home run. Mike Fiers (6-3, 4.35) pitches for Houston against Kendall Graveman (5-6, 4.37).

FERNANDEZ VS. THE PHILS

Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.52) leads Miami into a four-game series with Philadelphia. In his last start before the All-Star break, Fernandez struck out eight over seven dominant innings in a 3-1 win against Cincinnati. Aaron Nola (5-8, 4.69) is up for the Phillies after limping into the break with a 13.50 ERA over his last five starts. Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki needs six hits to reach 3,000 in Major League Baseball.

KLUBER IN TOP FORM

Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (9-8, 3.61), who earned the win at the All-Star Game with a scoreless inning, takes the mound in Kansas City against Edinson Volquez (8-8, 4.85). Since June 5, Kluber is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA, allowing more than two earned runs just twice.

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