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LEADING OFF: DeGrom down for bit, Soto eases back, Ohtani up

Here is a look at what’s happening around the majors today:


The Mets will see how to ace Jacob deGrom’s fares this week after being scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday at St. Louis when he had trouble getting loose during a pregame stretch. The game was rained out and will be made up Wednesday as part of a single-admission doubleheader.

The team said deGrom had inflammation in his right lat and wouldn’t throw for the next few days.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been baseball’s most dominant pitcher this season, with a significant league-best 0.51 ERA in five starts, 59 strikeouts in 35 innings, and just four walks.

Still, he is just 2-2 as New York continues to have trouble scoring runs for him.


NL batting champion Juan Soto will be limited to pinch-hitting duty with Washington after coming off the injured list.


Soto missed ten games with a strained left shoulder and wasn’t in the starting lineup Tuesday night against Atlanta. Manager Dave Martinez said the injury no longer bothers Soto while hitting, but he is not ready to play the outfield.

Soto hit .300 with two homers and eight RBIs in 14 games before getting hurt. He hit an NL-best .351 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Martinez did not provide a timetable for when Soto would return to right field but said he likely would be the designated hitter during this weekend’s interleague series at Yankee Stadium.


Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 3.29 ERA) makes his fourth start on the mound this season for the Los Angeles Angels after a two-day delay because he got hit on the right elbow by a fastball Seattle last Sunday. The two-way star is also expected to strike against the AL-champion Rays.


Hours after Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw had the shortest outing of his sensational career in a loss at Wrigley Field, Colorado starter German Marquez fared even worse at Coors Field.

Kershaw lasted just one inning Tuesday, allowing four runs and falling to the Cubs 7-1 in the first game. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner threw 39 pitches and was done.

“It wasn’t good,” Kershaw said. “There’s nothing you can do at this point. It isn’t very comfortable. No excuses. I was horrible. I just put our team in a terrible spot with a doubleheader.”

Manager Dave Roberts called it “an outlier of an outing” and said Kershaw was “fine, health-wise.”

Marquez didn’t do the Rockies’ bullpen any favors, either, chased by the Giants in a 10-run first inning. He got only two outs before getting pulled, charged with eight runs on six hits and two walks.

The Dodgers and Rockies are both back in action after their relievers got a workout.


Cleveland ace Shane Bieber tries to keep up his string of strikeouts when he starts at Kansas City.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner has fanned at least eight batters in a major league-record 18 straight starts. Bieber had shared the mark set by Randy Johnson in 1999-2000, then broke it by striking out 11 against the White Sox last week.

Bieber (3-2, 2.76 ERA) has struck out 68 in six starts. In his second game of the season, he fanned 12 in 6 1/3 innings against the Royals in a no-decision.


Baltimore left-hander John Means (3-0, 1.70 ERA) has been among the best pitchers in the majors this season. He’s coming off two wins against Oakland and now starts at Seattle.

An All-Star in 2019 before going 2-4 last year, Means gave up a season-high three runs in five innings against the Mariners on April 13.


South Korean lefty Hyeon-jong Yang starts his first big league after a pair of effective relief appearances for Texas. The 33-year-old, who played 14 seasons in his homeland, has allowed two runs in 8 2/3 innings since joining the Rangers. Yang will pitch at Minnesota instead of Kohei Arihara, who got an injection for a sore right middle finger.


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