LEADING OFF: Ichiro swings for 3,000; A-Rod on his way out?
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
IS THIS THE DAY?
Two hits shy of 3,000, Ichiro Suzuki is expected to start for the Marlins in their Wrigley Field matinee against right-hander John Lackey and the Cubs. Suzuki's 37 hits off Lackey are his most against any pitcher. The Japanese star, who hasn't received much playing time lately because of Miami's talented outfield, struck out as a pinch-hitter Tuesday night.
IS THIS THE END?
Alex Rodriguez could be on his way out after more than a decade of drama in New York. With the Yankees expected to bring up touted catcher Gary Sanchez from the minors before their Subway Series game against the Mets, fans are wondering whether A-Rod will be cut to make roster room. The 41-year-old DH is batting .204 and his playing time has all but disappeared. ''No matter what happens, I'm at peace with myself,'' Rodriguez said Tuesday. ''I think I can contribute. I think I can help out in the clubhouse,'' he added, ''but if not, I have two beautiful daughters waiting for me in Miami.'' The three-time MVP has a $20 million salary this year and is owed $20 million in 2017, the final season of his $275 million, 10-year deal.
The Orioles and Rangers continue a series between AL division leaders when Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman (2-8, 4.18 ERA) takes on Texas lefty Cole Hamels (12-2, 2.84). Gausman has won just two of 18 starts this season for the AL East-leading O's and lost his only career appearance against Texas. Hamels is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA since the All-Star break for the AL West leaders.
White Sox ace Chris Sale (14-4, 3.17 ERA) pitches against Tigers rookie Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.50) in a matchup of two premier starters. The last time Sale was scheduled to face the Tigers, he was scratched and suspended after cutting up throwback uniforms.
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Top prospect Andrew Benintendi is scheduled to make his first major league start after joining the Red Sox on Tuesday. The left-handed-hitting outfielder will begin in a left-field platoon with Bryce Brentz following his promotion from Double-A Portland. Benintendi came off the bench Tuesday night and went 0 for 2 in his debut, striking out to end a 5-4 loss at Seattle. He hit .312 with nine homers, 76 RBIs and 16 stolen bases between Class A Salem and Double-A this season and ranks among baseball's top prospects. The 2015 first-round pick is the first Boston player to reach the majors in the season after he was drafted since Fred Lynn in 1974.
NEW CLOSER IN SEATTLE
Edwin Diaz has replaced struggling Steve Cishek and taken over as the Mariners' closer just two months removed from Double-A. Diaz was promoted from Jackson on June 4 and has a 1.73 ERA in 25 appearances. He struck out three in the ninth inning Tuesday night against Boston for his first major league save. ''I like to pitch under pressure. I feel more confident when it's a close game,'' Diaz said. ''I don't know why but I feel really, really good.''