LEADING OFF: Red Sox on the road again, Taillon breaking out

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



The Red Sox open a two-game series at Baltimore, their third game in three cities over three days. Boston won 16-2 at home against Arizona on Sunday, then won in Cleveland on Monday in a makeup of a postponement from April 7. Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.43 ERA) tries to build on his resurgence since returning from a midseason demotion to Triple-A when he faces Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 5.17).


The second-place Tigers hope for good news on slugger Miguel Cabrera, who left Monday night's 3-1 loss to Kansas City with a left biceps strain. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus didn't think the injury was serious. ''We'll wait and see how he feels (Tuesday),'' Ausmus said. ''But I wouldn't be surprised if he tells me he's fine and he wants to play.'' The two-time AL MVP is hitting .310 with 27 homers and 77 RBIs.


Pirates rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon (3-2, 2.85 ERA) follows up a dominant outing against San Diego when he pitches against the NL West-leading Giants. Taillon tossed eight innings of three-hit ball in a 4-0 win over the Padres, throwing more than 100 pitches for the second time with Pittsburgh this season. Jeff Samardzija (10-8, 4.23) is up for San Francisco, coming off 5 2/3 scoreless innings against Miami.


Trevor Cahill (1-3, 3.07) will return from the disabled list and make his first start since April 26, 2015, in Game 1 of the Cubs' day-night doubleheader against the Brewers. Cahill, a reliever since being acquired by Chicago last June, has been on a rehab assignment working his way back from right knee tendinitis. He hasn't pitched more than four innings in an outing during that time, so the opener might become a bullpen game for the Cubs. Matt Garza (4-4, 4.83) opposes Cahill in Game 1, then Chicago right-hander Jason Hammel (12-5, 2.90) faces righty Chase Anderson (7-10, 4.93) in the nightcap.


The Mets hope to solve Arizona rookie Braden Shipley (2-1, 2.96 ERA). The right-hander pitched seven innings of three-hit ball in a 9-0 win over New York last Thursday in his fourth major league start. Noah Syndergaard (9-7, 2.75) took the loss in that game after allowing three runs in five innings.


The Braves and Twins start a two-game set pitting the two worst teams in baseball. Atlanta (44-74) has lost four of five and will give right-hander Joel De La Cruz (0-5, 4.09 ERA) another shot at his first major league victory. Minnesota (47-71) has dropped five of six, and after an 11-4 defeat against Kansas City on Sunday, manager Paul Molitor said his players are competing to keep their jobs for next season.

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