LEADING OFF: Werth goes for reach record, Cubs hit road
A look at what's happening all around the majors Friday:
Jayson Werth has reached base safely in 46 straight games, tying the Nationals/Expos franchise mark set by Rusty Staub for Montreal spanning the 1969-70 seasons. Werth hit an RBI double Thursday night at Atlanta to extend the string and can set the team record vs. the Braves.
Red Sox ace Rick Porcello faces his former team when Boston takes on the Tigers at Comerica Park. Porcello pitched for Detroit from 2009-14 and is 16-3 with a 3.30 ERA this season. Rookie Michael Fulmer (10-3) starts against him.
ON THE ROAD
Winners in 18 of their last 21 games and owners of the best record in the majors, the Chicago Cubs are set to spend some time away from Wrigley Field. They open a nine-game trip in Colorado, where Kyle Hendricks (11-7, 2.19) starts vs. the Rockies at Coors Field. Chicago plays 18 of its next 25 on the road.
Astros righty Collin McHugh and Orioles lefty Wade Miley are both overdue for a victory going into a matchup of playoff contenders at Camden Yards. McHugh is 0-4 with a 7.65 ERA in his last four starts. Miley makes his fourth start since being traded from Seattle - he's 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA with the Orioles.
James Shields has a 20.25 ERA in his last three starts for the White Sox. He'll try to reverse that slide when he pitches at home against Oakland. Shields is 5-14 overall this season - he's 3-7 with a 7.34 ERA since Chicago got him in a trade with the Padres.