A look at what is happening today in the majors:
TIME OF SALE
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale is poised to make his season debut when he starts against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
Sale came out with a fracture in his right rib cage. He made four minor league rehabilitation outings, allowing three runs won in 11 innings and 1/3 and finishing 19.
Sale, 33, is a seven-time All-Star and could be a big key to Boston’s push for a playoff spot.
All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers is also likely to return to the Red Sox after missing three outings due to a back discomfort. He is batting .327 with 19 homers and 51 RBIs.
Corey Kluber, a two-time Cy Young Award winner (4-5, 3.62 ERA), starts for the Rays.
The Philadelphia Phillies will be without JT Realmuto, Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson for a two-game series in Toronto due to Canadian restrictions on unvaccinated travelers.
Nola started on the hill on Monday night at St. Louis and was not scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays. Bohm, a field player, left the game on Monday with an apparent hand injury.
Baseball Operations President Dave Dombrowski told reporters before the game that all four players will be placed on the shortlist and will lose two days of Major League pay and service time under the terms of the MLB collective agreement.
Several teams put players on the shortlist this year before the trips to Toronto.
New York Mets hitter Pete Alonso will try to become the first player to win the All-Star Home Run Derby three times in a row, and his competition is likely to be announced in the coming days.
Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. and the great Albert Pujols of the Cardinals also confirmed Monday that they will be among the eight participants in the July 18 competition at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
“It’s a really fun event, and it’s going to be super exciting,” Alonso said before the Mets defeated Atlanta on Monday night. “I have a really good plan to get into it and again, I have a lot of fun. I don’t think anyone has more fun than me, especially when it comes to this event.”
Alonso hit 74 home runs in total in last year’s Derbi at Denver’s Coors Field and beat Baltimore’s Trey Mancini 23-22 in the final round. Alonso joined Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Céspedes (2013-14) to win consecutive titles. Griffey also won in 1994 and is the only three-time champion.
There was no Derby in 2020, when the scheduled All-Star Game for Dodger Stadium was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alonso won the 2019 Cleveland Derby as a rookie when he defeated Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
After winning the last seven games by a 10-1, Trea Turner, Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to extend their winning streak when they hit the road. They visit Albert Pujols and St. Louis Cardinals at the start of a series full of stars between two of the most successful franchises in the National League.
Mitch White (1-1, 3.38 ERA) pitched for Western National League leaders against left-handed rookie Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 4.74).
A couple of ignored American League teams are quietly leading streaks of eight straight wins.
Jordan Lyles (5-7, 4.50 effective) and the Baltimore Orioles (43-44), last in the loaded AL East, can reach .500 for the first time since they opened 4-4 last year with a road win over or Wrigley Field. the Chicago Cubs, who went down four in a row.
The Orioles have not won eight consecutive games in a season since 2005, although they have won 12 in a row in two seasons in late 2015 and early 2016.
“We’re having a great time here,” designated hitter Trey Mancini said.
All-Star rookie Julio Rodriguez and the Mariners are looking for their ninth straight win when they begin a two-game series in Washington’s last place with Chris Flexen (5-8, 4.00 effective) trying to win his fourth straight outing.
Seattle is 16-3 in its best 19-game stretch since 2003. Back in the wildcard race, the Mariners (45-42) are looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
“Nothing can be celebrated. We’re not there,” director Scott Servais said. “But everyone knows the drought. It’s raining a lot in Seattle, so we have to end the drought.”
RAYS OF DISEASE
Already exhausted from injury, the Tampa Bay Rays will miss shortstop Wander Franco and midfielder Kevin Kiermaier for a while.
Franco is ready to be operated on for his right wrist and is expected to be out for five to eight weeks. 21-year-old Franco bats .260 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 58 games in the first season of an 11-year contract for $ 182 million.
Franco missed a month earlier this season because of a quadriceps injury.
Kiermaier, 32, is dealing with an inflammation of his left hip. You will see a hip specialist in Tennessee after the All-Star break.
“KK is going to be down for a while,” director Kevin Cash said. “We need to let the chair calm down and let the expert give his recommendation. KK could have a decision to make at that point.”
Kiermaier bats .228 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 63 games this season.
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Sale reunites the Red Sox, Realmuto loses Jays’ trip
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