A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Thursday:
PASS MY WAY?
The Yankees and Astros will meet in a one-game series between the AL Division leaders at Minute Maid Park — it’s a lockout-postponed one-game line-up.
Both teams were on New York-Houston flights after wins Wednesday afternoon in the Big Apple. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton homered at Yankee Stadium in a 5-3 win over Oakland; Justin Verlander and the Astros beat the NL East-leading Mets 2-0 at Citi Field.
Houston left fielder Yordan Álvarez and shortstop Jeremy Peña were injured when they collided while running towards a popup. Álvarez left on a cart, seated, and Peña returned to the canoe. The two were walking around the club after the match and manager Dusty Baker said the team were awaiting medical reports.
Luis Garcia (5-5, 3.68 ERA), who beat the Yankees in his last outing, starts for Houston against Luis Severino (4-2, 3.38 ERA). The clubs split a four-game series in the Bronx last weekend.
It’ll be a quick trip to Texas for the Yankees — they start a Friday night series in Cleveland. Houston can stay home and host Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and the Angels over the weekend.
NOTHING BETTER THAN BEING AT HOME
Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and the NL West Dodgers open their longest home stay of the season, an 11-game stint against San Diego, Colorado and the Cubs.
Joe Musgrove (8-1, 2.12 ERA) starts for the second-place Padres against Mitch White (1-1, 4.25). Musgrove absorbed his only loss this year in his previous start, giving up six runs in six innings against Philadelphia.
Los Angeles is 20-12 at Dodger Stadium. The Padres are 24-15 on the road.
SO LONG, FOR A TIME
Luis Arraez and the No. 1 Minnesota Twins wrap up a five-game series in Cleveland with the last of eight matchups in 10 days between the top two teams in AL Central. After this, they will not see each other again until September.
Chris Archer (2-3, 3.14 ERA) starts for Minnesota against 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (3-4, 3.07).
CHECK IT OUT
The Brewers will see how center fielder Jonathan Davis feels, a day after he crashed headfirst into Tampa Bay’s padded wall making a terrific catch.
Davis ran full speed and jumped back to catch Randy Arozarena’s drive in the second run on Wednesday. He remained on the ground for several minutes holding his back and left the game the next round with lower back and ribcage discomfort.
“Spectacular, scary…those two words,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s doing pretty well. He is hurt. He’s a good centre-back so I thought he had a chance, but where the ball ended up and how badly it got hit… for him to get there and put his health and his body at risk, It’s awesome.
The Brewers open a series in Pittsburgh.
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