LEADING OFF: Weiss back in Oakland, Blanton regains touch
A look at what’s happening all around the major leagues today:
Nolan Arenado has set a Rockies’ record by getting a hit and scoring a run in 12 straight games. He can extend the mark when Colorado visits Oakland.
WHAT A START
Resurgent Royals pitcher Joe Blanton (2-0) aims to win his third straight start when he faces host Houston. The 34-year-old righty went 2-14 for the Angels in 2013 and didn’t play in the majors last season.
Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has returned to Boston for an MRI on his injured left hand. He has missed four games in a row.
Walt Weiss returns to the Oakland Coliseum for the first time as Colorado’s manager. He made his major league debut at the ballpark with the A’s while earning AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1988, and helped them win the World Series the next season as their shortstop.
Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey tries again to beat Boston. He’s 0-2 with a 6.16 ERA in three starts vs. the Red Sox this season going into the series opener at Toronto. David Ortiz has done well over the years against Dickey, going 9 for 25 with three home runs.