Here is a look ataround the majors today:
Right-hander Merrill Kelly (1-2, 7.71 ERA) starts for the Diamondbacks when they hostJr. and the Padres following a dominant pitching performance in a doubleheader at Atlanta. against the Braves on Sunday after Zac Gallen threw a one-hit shutout in the opener.
Bumgarner’s gem has ignited a lively debate among fans over whether it should count as a no-hitter. Bumgarner didn’t get credit for a no-hitter in therecord book. An MLB committee in 1991 ruled a no-hitter had to go at least nine innings, and the Elias Sports Bureau – the sport’s official statistician – repeated that stance when seven-inning doubleheaders began. There currently are no plans by MLB to revisit the decision.
SPRINGER AND SCHERZER
Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo was optimistic that outfielder Georgedebut when they host Washington in Dunedin, Florida. MVP of the 2017 World Series with Houston, Springer signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal with the during the offseason but has been slowed since spring training – first because of a strained oblique, then a right quadriceps strain. (1-1, 1.80 ERA), who has pitched 17 1/3 straight scoreless innings, is on the mound for the Nationals. Toronto counters with a bullpen of a five-game homestand. It is the second homestand at the club’s spring training complex, where the are playing through at least May.
Fresh off their firston the road since 1999, surprising Kansas City opens a three-game series at Pittsburgh. Carlos Santana, Whit Merrifield, and the Royals are 14-7 and own the best record in the American League. They’ve won a season-high five in a row, boosted by four at Detroit.
The Royals haven’t finished over .500 since winning the 2015 World Series.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but we’re expecting good things to happen,” manager Mike Matheny said.
The Royals’ bullpen has been a big help – KC has won 58 consecutive games, dating to June 2019, leading after the seventh inning for the longest such streak in baseball. Jakob Junis is scheduled to start against the, but All-Star catcher Salvador Perez might not be in the lineup. After tagging out Miguel Cabrera, Perez exited Monday’s win with an injured right thumb and is the day today.
Cleveland has a quality pitching matchup for thebetween the Indians and Minnesota Twins.
Kenta Maeda (1-1, 6.11 ERA), runner-up for the AL Cy Young Awardin his first season with Minnesota, has won all three of his career against Cleveland, posting a 0.50 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 18 innings.
Indians right-hander Aaron Civale (3-0, 2.42) has not lost in four starts this season,while striking out 22.
Thethe last five AL Central titles, with Minnesota the two-time defending champion. Cleveland won their first matchup this year when Jordan Luplow hit a two-run closer Alex Colomé to give the Indians a 5-3 victory Monday night, dropping Minnesota to 0-5 in extra-inning games.
CHANGE AT THE TOP
The Colorado Rockies’ last-place under new leadership after Jeff Bridich stepped down as general manager Monday, ending a tumultuous tenure that included two playoff appearances and a falling out with Nolan Arenado that ultimately led to the star third baseman’s offseason trade to St. Louis.
Thethe decision was a mutual agreement with Bridich, who was in his seventh season as GM. The club will appoint an interim general for the rest of the season before launching a search following the postseason.
Bridich said in a statement that he recently had a conversation with owner Dick Monfort and newly appointedGreg Feasel about the team’s future.
“It became abundantly clear that ushering in a new leadership structure is critically important,” Bridich said. “Ultimately, it will be best for the Rockies and me.”
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