August 01, 2017

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

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NO STOPPING THEM

Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers try for their third 10-game winning streak this season when they face Julio Teheran (7-9, 5.09 ERA) and the Braves in Atlanta. Los Angeles, which has the best record in the majors at 75-31, won 10 in a row from June 16-25 and 11 straight from July 4-19. Since a loss to the Padres on July 2, the Dodgers are 20-2, with the only defeats coming at home to the Braves on July 20 and 21. Teheran is 0-6 with a 5.32 ERA against Los Angeles.

SLEEP TIGHT

Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals are hoping a good night's sleep will help his aching neck. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner hit his first career homer Tuesday night in Miami, but pitched only one inning before exiting because of a neck spasm. Scherzer slept funny and left the game as a precaution, the Nationals said. He left with Washington leading 6-0, but the Marlins rallied for a 7-6 victory. Scherzer came into the game 12-5 with a 2.23 ERA and league-best 201 strikeouts for the NL East leaders.

DREARY DAYS

Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka (8-9, 5.09) pitches the series finale against Detroit in the Bronx. Tanaka is 0-5 with a 14.81 ERA in six day starts this year, allowing 44 hits in 20 2/3 innings. In his last outing - at night - he struck out a career-high 14 and took a perfect game into the sixth vs. Tampa Bay.

NICE START

Brewers lefty Brent Suter (2-1, 2.40 ERA) will move up in the rotation to start on regular rest against St. Louis at Miller Park. Since joining the Milwaukee rotation on July 3, the rookie is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in five starts.

GETTING CLOSE

Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco could be available as he recovers from a hamstring injury. He's been on the disabled list, but might be activated when Pittsburgh takes on the visiting Reds.

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