LEADING OFF: A-Rod anticipates 'one big, loud boo' at Fenway
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
ONE BIG, LOUD BOO
Alex Rodriguez will make his penultimate start for the Yankees in a game at Fenway Park. The 41-year-old slugger started on the bench for New York's first two games at Boston this week, and Red Sox fans started ''We want A-Rod!'' chants during both games - they got what they wanted when Rodriguez flew out as a pinch hitter Wednesday. A-Rod said Tuesday that this start would be ''a great chance to give me one big, loud boo on the way out.'' Rodriguez will play his final game in pinstripes at home on Friday before being released.
The Astros are moving on without Carlos Gomez after designating the 30-year-old outfielder for assignment Wednesday. Gomez has been in a season-long slump, batting .210 with 100 strikeouts in 295 at-bats. Manager A.J. Hinch praised Gomez's attitude and work ethic, but said Gomez put too much pressure on himself after being a midseason acquisition by Houston last July.
Noah Syndergaard (9-6, 2.64) seeks his first victory since July 3 when the Mets face the Diamondbacks. ''Thor'' gave up four runs in six innings in a 4-3 loss to Detroit in his last start and is 0-3 with a 3.49 ERA in his past five outings. Right-hander Braden Shipley (1-1, 4.15) makes his fourth big league start for Arizona.
TILLMAN UP FOR O'S
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman (14-4, 3.50) tries to end his longest winless streak so far this season - a whopping three games - against Oakland. Tillman is closing in on his career high of 16 victories, set in 2013. Righty Andrew Triggs (0-0, 5.35) makes his second major league start for the A's.
LESTER LEADS CUBS VS CARDS
Jon Lester (12-4, 2.93) and the NL Central-leading Cubs begin a four-game series with the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Lester is 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA in his past four starts and hasn't lost since July 3. Carlos Martinez (10-7, 3.29) pitches for St. Louis looking to rebound after allowing seven runs over five innings in a 13-5 loss to Atlanta.