LEADING OFF: A's-Rays in MLB's 1st set twinbill since 2011
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
LET'S PLAY TWO
The Tampa Bay Rays host Oakland in the first scheduled doubleheader in the big leagues since July 16, 2011, when the Angels visited the A's. The 2:10 p.m. EDT start will mark the second doubleheader ever at the domed Tropicana Field - the other was Sept. 30, 2004, when the Rays and Detroit Tigers made up two games postponed four weeks earlier because of Hurricane Frances.
NOT SO ROCKY
Colorado goes for its seventh straight win when it plays at Wrigley Field. The Rockies lead the National League with 40 victories and have their best win streak since 2014. Jeff Hoffman (3-0, 2.61 ERA) starts for Colorado vs. Cubs righty Eddie Butler (3-1, 3.75), who was a first-round draft pick by the Rockies in 2012 and went 6-16 in three seasons with them.
For a change, the injury news is good for the New York Mets, who are ready to clear three players off the disabled list. Slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is expected to come off the DL and start one game in a day-night doubleheader at Atlanta. Also, lefty Steven Matz is set to be activated and make his season debut in the twinbill. And, right-hander Seth Lugo will start Sunday as he returns from elbow trouble.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale leads the majors in strikeouts and has won six straight decisions. The lefty will try to boost both numbers when he starts at Fenway Park against Detroit star Justin Verlander.
Royals righty Ian Kennedy is 0-6 and winless in 14 starts dating to last Sept. 11. He'll pitch at Petco Park, a familiar spot because he played for the Padres from 2013-15. Miguel Diaz goes for San Diego, making his first major league start.