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Subway series rolls, honor of Ortiz, missing cards

A look at what’s happening around seniors on Tuesday:

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ALL ABOARD

Aaron Judge and Pete Alonso walk away as the Subway Series begins at Citi Field with both New York teams in first place.

Jordan Montgomery (3-2, 3.24 ERA) pitches for the Yankees, who own the majors’ best record at 66-31 and a 12 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the AL East.

Taijuan Walker (7-2, 2.55) starts for the Mets, whose once-formidable NL lead over Atlanta was blown to half a game over the weekend. Walker is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA over his last seven starts.

Judge leads the majors with 37 homers and 81 RBIs for the Yankees. Alonso leads the major leagues with 82 RBIs and has hit 25 home runs.

The teams play twice this week at home for the Mets, then meet for two more games in late August at Yankee Stadium.

DADDY POWER

The Boston Red Sox will honor David Ortiz in a pregame tribute at Fenway Park, two days after he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Ortiz pins will be given to fans as they enter the ballpark for the game against Cleveland.

Big Papi helped the Red Sox win three World Series championships. In 14 years with the Red Sox, Ortiz hit 500 home runs, 17 of them in the postseason.

Ortiz was cheered by fans chanting his name and wore his No. 34 jersey during Sunday’s ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York, about a four-hour drive from Fenway.

NO FLY ZONE

The Cardinals will miss two of their best players, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and third baseman Nolan Arenado, when they open a two-game series in Toronto. They have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and are not allowed to enter Canada.

Catcher Austin Romine also won’t make the trip. The trio will be placed on the restricted list and will forfeit pay and major league service time in accordance with the terms of the MLB collective bargaining agreement.

Goldschmidt is hitting .335 with 24 home runs and 77 RBI. Arenado is hitting .296 with 18 home runs and 59 RBIs.

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Right-hander José Berríos (7-4, 5.22 ERA) starts for Toronto against rookie righty Andre Pallante (3-4, 3.34).

IN THE BLOCK

A’s right-hander Frankie Montas makes what could be his final start in an Oakland uniform before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

Montas is expected to work a normal pitch count against Houston after being limited to three innings last time out. Before that, he missed two straight starts with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. A quality performance against the Astros could help the rebuilding A’s get a bigger return in a trade.

The A’s scored one or fewer runs in 10 of Montas’ 18 starts and were shut out three times.

WORRY RAYS

The Rays will be without veteran shortstops Kevin Kiermaier and Mike Zunino for the rest of the season due to injuries, a blow to the defending AL East champions.

Manager Kevin Cash said before Monday night’s game in Baltimore that Kiermaier will have surgery in the coming weeks. The 32-year-old outfielder has not played since July 9 because of a left hip injury.

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Zunino, a 31-year-old catcher, has not played since June 9 because of left shoulder problems. He is out for the season because of thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, according to a team spokesman.

Tampa Bay entered Monday’s game with the second of the three American League wild cards.

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