LEADING OFF: Arrieta shaky lately, Kluber and Hamels checked
A look at what's happening all around the majors Wednesday:
BACK AT IT
Cubs ace Jake Arrieta seeks a bounce-back start against Philadelphia after allowing 12 earned runs in 16 innings over his last three starts. He has allowed five homers in that stretch, a troubling spike compared to the 10 he allowed in 229 innings while winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2015. Jerad Eickhoff (0-2, 3.56) is up for the Phillies at Wrigley Field.
Indians and Rangers fans may learn more about the status of star pitchers Corey Kluber and Cole Hamels. Kluber was pulled from Cleveland's game against Detroit on Tuesday because of back discomfort. Kluber allowed five runs in three innings, his shortest outing in nearly a year. Hamels was scratched from his scheduled start for Texas against Houston because of tightness in his right oblique. He's set to meet with team physician Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas.
Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole is back up from the minors, though he can't pitch yet. Washington promoted him from Triple-A this week, but he first must serve the final three games of a five-game suspension he drew last September for throwing a pitch near the head of Pittsburgh's Jung Ho Kang. Cole missed a large portion of the 2016 season with shoulder trouble.
POPULAR AND PRODUCTIVE
Toronto righty Marcus Stroman often has his own rooting section when he pitches at Yankee Stadium - he grew nearby on Long Island. He is 5-2 with a 2.17 ERA in eight career starts against the Yankees going into this outing vs. CC Sabathia and New York.