ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. got a standing ovation from the home crowd last night as he returned to the lineup a day after being plunked in the left arm with a pitch. The 20-year-old said his elbow felt fine less than 24 hours after he took a 97 mph fastball from Miami's Jose Urena. Major League Baseball doled out a six-game suspension to the Marlins pitcher.

NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL' pweeg) has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident against San Francisco. Puig took a swing at Giants catch Nick Hundley in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 home loss on Tuesday. Hundley also was fined.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — All-Star outfielder George Springer is expected to come off the disabled list for the Houston Astros when the defending champions visit Oakland for the opener of a pivotal three-game series between AL West contenders. Last year's World Series MVP has been sidelined with a sprained left thumb. Charlie Morton pitches for the banged-up Astros, who have a two-game lead in the division over the surprising Athletics. Edwin Jackson gets the ball for Oakland.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals host Milwaukee in a matchup of NL Central contenders chasing the first-place Cubs. Rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty starts for St. Louis, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped last night with a 5-4 loss to Washington. Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 in his last start against the Brewers on June 22. Freddy Peralta goes for Milwaukee.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Mets send Noah Syndergaard to the mound against Phillies ace Aaron Nola, a day after the Mets set a franchise record by scoring 24 runs in the first game of a doubleheader. With the help of 11 unearned runs, New York became the first NL team since the 1933 New York Giants to score 15 runs in consecutive games. The Mets routed Baltimore 16-5 on Wednesday night. They also are the only team since 1900 to have a win and a loss by at least 20 runs in the same season.