LEADING OFF: Orioles CF Jones gets checked, Kershaw starts
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Orioles star center fielder Adam Jones will get checked out before the game at Texas. He ran into the wall chasing a fly ball in Kansas City on Thursday, and left the game soon after that with whiplash. X-rays on his neck and wrist were negative.
Clayton Kershaw is set to pitch at Dodger Stadium when LA hosts the Cubs. The lefty is 5-0 with an 0.90 ERA in his last nine starts. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner was 5-6 before his winning streak.
The Yankees will see whether first baseman Mark Teixeira and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury are OK to play at Atlanta. Teixeira has been hobbling for a while, Ellsbury’s hip is hurting and neither of them started New York’s last game while recovering.
Fernando Rodney is ready to join the contending Chicago Cubs after they got him in a trade with Seattle. The 38-year-old reliever was cut by the Mariners last weekend after going 5-5 with 16 saves in 22 chances and a 5.68 ERA. A season ago, the closer made the All-Star team and posted a Seattle-record 48 saves.
Erasmo Ramirez starts for the Rays at Tropicana Field as they look for a change of fortune against the AL Central-leading Royals. Tampa Bay is just 5-18 vs. KC in the last four seasons, and was swept at Kauffman Stadium in July, allowing 33 runs and 52 hits in four games.