LEADING OFF: Kershaw’s streak, All-Stars on new teams
A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:
KERSHAW’S STREAK: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (8-6) looks to extend his streak of 29 straight scoreless innings when he faces Jesse Chavez (5-6, 3.45 ERA) and the Oakland A’s. Kershaw was perfect through six innings against the Mets on Thursday and settled for a 3-0 shutout.
TULO WITH TORONTO: Five-time All-Star Troy Tulowitzki, acquired from the Colorado Rockies in a swap of shortstops, could made his Toronto Blue Jays debut Wednesday. The Blue Jays also obtained reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies for shortstop Jose Reyes and minor league pitchers.
PAPELBON ON CONTENDER: The Nationals expect new closer Jonathan Papelbon to be in Miami with the team on Wednesday, a day after the All-Star was acquired from Philadelphia. Papelbon, the Phillies’ career saves leader with 123, wanted to be traded to a contender.
LOOKING FOR A W: The Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays close a three-game series with a pair of starting pitchers looking to get back on the winning track. Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (0-3) will try for his first victory of the season in his eighth start since returning from a right triceps injury. The Rays counter with RHP Chris Archer (9-7), 0-3 since beating Toronto June 23.
TROUT’S SORE WRIST: Home run leader (31) Mike Trout, who is nursing a sore wrist, looks to get back in the starting lineup against Houston in the second of a three-game series between the top teams in the AL West. Team officials say Trout is day to day.