Maeda and Nola are starters again...Brewers may be in the market...Bucs have won ten straight
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kenta Maeda and Aaron Nola both return to the rotation after making their previous appearances out of the bullpen as the Dodgers take on the Phillies tonight in Philadelphia. The Dodgers’ Maeda is coming off an unusual relief appearance July 15, facing two batters in the last game before the All-Star break to get a little work before an extended rest period. Meanwhile, Phillies ace Nola struck out two in a scoreless relief inning at the All-Star Game. He has allowed two-or-fewer runs in five straight starts.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers were already rumored to be shopping ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline before starting pitcher Brent Suter said Monday he would need season-ending Tommy John surgery. Milwaukee has already been without ace Jimmy Nelson all season, while Zach Davies and Junior Guerra are also on the DL, though both are expected to return soon. Manager Craig Counsell says he’s confident in the five guys the Brewers have on-hand, but an arm might help Milwaukee as it chases the Cubs in the NL Central.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Pirates offense is rolling, and Cleveland will ask rookie Shane Bieber to slow Pittsburgh’s roll tonight. The Bucs have averaged 6.4 runs per game while winning 10 straight, including seven in four innings against Indians ace Corey Kluber in the series opener last night. Bieber ranks among the game’s top rookies, though his ERA has risen by more than a run over his past four three starts.
NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and the Mets are awaiting a report and recommendation from doctors after the slugger had an MRI on both feet Monday. Cespedes may need surgery to address calcification on both heels that has bothered him for 15 years, and he said recently that surgery would sideline him for 8-to-10 months.
BAGNERES DE-LUCHON, France (AP) — Four-time champion Chris Froome is among several riders who have had their eyes treated for tear gas or pepper spray after a farmer’s protest interrupted the 16th stage of the Tour de France. Police had to remove bales of hay blocking the road during today’s leg. An Associated Press photographer at the scene says Froome and other riders had eye drops applied while stopped for several minutes.