LEADING OFF: Porcello seeks 14th win, Ichiro closing on 3K
A look at what's happening all around the majors Friday:
TRYING TO JOIN ELITE COMPANY
Rick Porcello tries to become the fourth 14-game winner in the majors this season as the Boston Red Sox continue a four-game weekend series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif. Porcello, 13-2 with a 3.57 ERA, trails only Baltimore's Chris Tillman (14-3), and the Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale (14-4) in the American League and Washington's Stephen Strasburg (14-1) in the NL.
CLOSING IN ON 3,000
Ichiro Suzuki needs just two hits to reach 3,000 for his major league career as the Miami Marlins continue a four-game weekend series against St. Louis. Suzuki, who has started just one of the Marlins' past seven games, doubled as a pinch hitter on Thursday night for hit No. 2,998 to raise his season average to .335.
Eduardo Nunez could make his San Francisco debut in the second game of the Giants' weekend series against Washington, one day after the All-Star infielder was acquired from Minnesota. Nunez was batting .296 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs this season for the Twins and was leading the American League with 27 steals. Nunez is expected to play third base while Matt Duffy recovers from a strained left Achilles.
The Arizona Diamondbacks could have third baseman Jake Lamb and David Peralta back in the lineup when they open a weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lamb missed two games with a bruised left hand before entering Thursday's 6-4 loss to Milwaukee as a pinch hitter in the seventh and staying in the game. Arizona manager Chip Hale said Lamb would start Friday. Peralta, recovering from a lower back strain, is scheduled to rejoin the Diamondbacks from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno.
PERFECT IN MIAMI
Mike Leake will look to remain perfect in Miami when the St. Louis Cardinals continue their four-game series against the Marlins. Leake - 7-8 with a 4.24 ERA this season - is 3-0 with a 0.44 ERA in three career starts at Marlins Park.