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LEADING OFF: Harper healing after fastball to face

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


Phillies star Bryce Harper says he’s feeling fine after being hit in the face by a 96.9 mph fastball Wednesday. Harper was drilled in the left cheek by Cardinals left-hander Génesis Cabrera’s first pitch in the sixth inning of a 5-3 victory. The All-Star slugger picked himself up and walked off the field, blood dripping from a cut on the side of his nose.

“Everything feels good,” Harper said in an Instagram video. He said he got a CT scan and another testing, and “Everything came back good.”

He appeared to have only minor swelling and bruising in the video he sent to social media.

Philadelphia is slated to wrap up a four-game series in St. Louis.


The Dodgers and Brewers begin a four-game set between NL division leaders in Milwaukee. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer (3-0, 2.53) will start the opener for the Dodgers against Eric Lauer, making his season debut for the NL Central leaders. Last year, NL West-leading Los Angeles swept the Brewers in a first-round postseason series en route to a World Series title and knocked out Milwaukee in the 2018 NL Championship Series.



Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan is set for his first regular-season appearance after making his big league debut last year’s postseason. Among the top prospects in Tampa Bay’s loaded farm system, McClanahan will start against Oakland a day after his 24th birthday. He allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 relief innings in the 2020 playoffs for the AL champions. Before that, he’d made just four starts above Class A.


The Tigers and White Sox are slated for a straight doubleheader after their game Wednesday night was postponed by rain. Detroit right-hander Casey Mize and Chicago left-hander Carlos Rodón were pushed back to pitch in Thursday’s first game, while left-hander Matthew Boyd and right-hander Dylan Cease will start in the second.


Martín Pérez tries to keep up an unexpected trend — dominant starting pitching from the Red Sox. Garrett Richards pitched seven one-run innings against the Mets on Tuesday, and Nick Pivetta followed with five scoreless to start against New York on Wednesday. Boston’s starting pitchers have a 4.09 ERA this season, way down from their 5.34 mark in 2020, which was third-worst in the AL.

Pérez (0-1, 5.71) is scheduled to face the Rangers — his old club — in the opener of a four-game series. Texas right-hander Kyle Gibson (2-0, 2.30) has allowed one earned run or fewer in his past four starts.

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