LEADING OFF: Puig to minors, deGrom vs new-look Yanks
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Yasiel Puig is not with the Dodgers for their series in Colorado, and his agent told The Associated Press that Puig expects to be sent to the minor leagues. Adam Katz said Puig was told Monday he'd either be traded before the 4 p.m. trade deadline or sent down. Puig was an All-Star in 2014 after a meteoric rise with the Dodgers, but he has struggled this season with hamstring injuries and inconsistent play. He is batting .260 with seven homers in 81 games.
DEGROM VS NEW-LOOK YANKS
Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.56) leads the Mets into the second game of a four-game Subway Series against the new-look Yankees. DeGrom pitched seven scoreless innings in his last start but got a no decision in a 2-1 loss to Colorado. The Yankees traded Carlos Beltran and Ivan Nova on Monday, joining Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in an exodus of veterans from the Bronx. Masahiro Tanaka (7-3, 3.16) is up for the Yanks.
Help is en route as the AL West-leading Rangers begin a three-game series at AL East-leading Baltimore. Texas acquired outfielder Carlos Beltran, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress on Monday, bolstering a club that already has the AL's best record and has won four straight games. Yu Darvish (2-2, 3.09) pitches for the Rangers against youngster Dylan Bundy (3-3, 3.46).
Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.09) leads the Giants into a series at Philadelphia. The Giants wasted a gem from Bumgarner in his last start, when he pitched eight innings of two-run ball in a 2-1 loss to the Reds. San Francisco has scored four runs total over Bumgarner's last three starts. Zach Eflin (3-4, 4.23) is up for the Phils.
REBOUND AT WRIGLEY?
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez (12-5, 2.79) tries to get back on track against the Cubs after allowing five runs in five innings in a 5-4 loss to St. Louis on July 28. It was the second time in five starts that Fernandez allowed five or more runs - he gave up nine in a 9-1 loss to the Braves on July 2. Jason Hammel (10-5, 3.23) pitches for NL Central-leading Chicago at Wrigley Field.
HELP FROM WITHIN
The Red Sox are calling up top prospect Andrew Benintendi from Double-A Portland, giving the big club a boost in the outfield hours after the non-waiver trade deadline passed. Benintendi is expected to arrive before Boston's game at Seattle. Benintendi was the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft and is hitting .312 with nine homers, 76 RBIs and 16 stolen bases this season between Class A Salem and Double-A Portland.
Marlins OF Ichiro Suzuki, two hits shy of 3,000, received a standing ovation when he pinch hit in the seventh inning Monday. Suzuki lined a 1-0 pitch to Kris Bryant at third, leaving him in a 2-for-18 slump. Bryant threw to first for a double play. Manager Don Mattingly hinted Ichiro may not start until Wednesday's series finale against RHP John Lackey. Ichiro's 37 hits off Lackey are his most vs. any pitcher.