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Means back after no-no, Voit returns to Yanks

A take a look at what’s occurring across the majors Tuesday:

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MEANS STREAK?


Orioles ace John Means received 5 days of relaxation following his no-hitter final week towards Seattle, and now he’ll attempt to match Johnny Vander Meer’s document with a second straight no-no towards the streaking Mets, who’ve received 5 in a row for the primary time since August 2019. Vander Meer is the one pitcher in main league historical past with consecutive no-hitters, completed in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.

Means (4-0, 1.37 ERA) was a wild pitch away from an ideal recreation towards the Mariners — Sam Haggerty raced safely to first base after he struck out swinging on a third-inning curveball within the dust.

Marcus Stroman (3-3, 2.12) hopes to anchor New York’s rotation till Jacob deGrom returns. The two-time Cy Young Award winner can be positioned on the injured checklist earlier than the sport after exiting a begin Sunday with proper facet soreness. The Mets mentioned an MRI of deGrom’s facet taken Sunday night time was “clear of any issues.”

POWER SURGE

Luke Voit, final year’s large league residence run chief, is predicted to make his season debut for the Yankees as they open a collection at rival Tampa Bay.

The first baseman had left knee surgical procedure on March 29 however regarded sharp throughout his minor league rehab project, going 7 for 18 with three residence runs for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Voit slugged 22 homers in the course of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and led the staff with 52 RBIs.

The Rays have received 18 of 23 towards New York, together with 5 of six this season — they most just lately swept a three-game set at Yankee Stadium in mid-April. New York has gone 13-6 since to finish an early funk. Giancarlo Stanton has led the way in which, hitting .377 with six homers in that span.

Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.41 ERA) is predicted to star the opener towards Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough (2-3, 4.58).

SHO-STOPPER

Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 2.41 ERA) is predicted to pitch and hit for the Angels when he begins in Houston towards Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.58). Ohtani has batted on the identical day he’s pitched two occasions this season however was out of the lineup the final two occasions he took the ball.

The two-way star is tied for the main league lead with 10 homers and has 26 RBIs as Los Angeles’ common designated hitter. Even his six stolen bases ranked among the many high 10 within the majors.

At the plate, Ohtani went 0 for five with three strikeouts Monday night time in a 5-4 win over the Astros. On the mound, his splitter has generated 17 whiffs, 5 foul balls and a weak grounder on 23 swings this season. But he’s walked 19 batters in 4 pitching appearances — eight within the first inning.

“I think I’m just trying to rush everything and get out of the inning as quick as I can,” Ohtani mentioned just lately by his translator. “I need to slow down and not rush everything as much.”

FIVE YEARS LATER

It’s a rematch of the 2016 World Series when the Chicago Cubs go to Cleveland, the place they received Game 7 5 years in the past 8-7 in 10 innings to lastly bust a title drought that dated all the way in which back to 1908.

AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (3-2, 2.98 ERA) begins for the Indians towards rookie Adbert Alzolay (1-2, 4.50). Bieber has struck out a minimum of eight batters in 19 straight video games, a significant league document. Cleveland has received 10 of 13 general.

Several key members of that 2016 championship core for Chicago, together with Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez, can grow to be free brokers this fall and might be enjoying their ultimate seasons with the Cubs.

FIRST-PLACE TEAMS AT FENWAY

Boston hosts Oakland within the opener of a three-game collection between American League division leaders. Athletics right-hander Chris Bassitt (2-2, 3.70 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA over his final 5 outings. Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.62) pitches for the shocking Red Sox, who’ve the very best document in baseball at 22-14. Eovaldi has not given up a homer in 52 innings, the longest energetic streak within the majors.

FRAZIER’S FAREWELL?

Two-time All-Star infielder Todd Frazier was designated for project by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, doubtlessly the top of his 11-year large league career. The 35-year-old was hitting .086 in 13 video games with no homers and 4 RBIs.

The Pirates signed Frazier to a minor league contract after he spent final season with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets. The 11-year veteran has a .241 career batting common with 218 residence runs. He made each his All-Star groups with the Reds and received the 2015 Home Run Derby in Cincinnati.

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