LEADING OFF: Struggling Arrieta, Strasburg's sweet 16?
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Washington ace Stephen Strasburg goes for his major league-leading 16th win, starting at home against the Giants in a matchup of NL division leaders. Strasburg (15-1, 2.63) could set a career high for wins with a victory.
Jake Arrieta is 0-3 in his last five starts for the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. The Cy Young Award winner (12-5, 2.75 ERA) tries to get back into the victory column when he starts at Oakland.
Ivan Nova makes his Pittsburgh debut, starting at PNC Park against Cincinnati. The right-hander was 7-6 with a 4.90 ERA for the New York Yankees when they sent him to the Pirates before Monday's trade deadline for two players to be named.
Aaron Sanchez (11-1, 2.71) starts for Toronto against Kansas City after his role with the team was publicly debated this week. General manager Ross Atkins said Monday that the Blue Jays were moving the All-Star righty to the bullpen to limit his innings. That move was met by criticism from the fan base, and Toronto then changed course, announcing a six-man rotation that keeps the 24-year-old starting but still limits his workload.
MAJOR STREAK IN MINOR LEAGUES
Indians prospect Francisco Mejia has the longest hitting streak in the minor leagues in 62 years, and he'll try to stretch his run to 48 games when Class A Lynchburg faces Salem. The 20-year-old catcher is still well short of Joe Wilhoit's record 69-game streak set with Wichita in 1919. Joe DiMaggio was Wilhoit's closest challenger when he hit safely in 61 straight games in 1933, and Roman Mejias has the third longest streak at 55 games, set with Waco in 1954.
Ichiro Suzuki struck out on three pitches in his only at-bat Friday and remains two hits away from 3,000. He is in an 0-for-11 slump, and manager Don Mattingly said there was no concrete decision on when the outfielder would be back in the lineup.