Granderson joins the Dodgers...3 pitchers try for 15th win...Holland returns to Texas
DETROIT (AP) — Curtis Granderson could join the Dodgers in Detroit this afternoon. The veteran outfielder was acquired from the New York Mets late last night. The 36-year-old Granderson is hitting .228 with 19 homers and 52 RBIs this season. Los Angeles is running away with the NL West. The Dodgers are 86-34 after beating the Tigers 8-5 in the series opener.
UNDATED (AP) — Boston’s Chris Sale, Arizona’s Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) and Kansas City’s Jason Vargas will all be trying to catch the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead with 15 wins. Sale takes the mound tonight against the Yankees’ CC Sabathia as the Red Sox look to pad their five-game lead over New York in the AL East. Greinke will start against Minnesota’s Jose Berrios. Vargas goes for his career-best 15th win when he faces Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — White Sox left-hander Derek Holland is set to face the Rangers in Arlington for the first time after spending his first eight seasons with Texas. He signed with Chicago as a free agent after going to the World Series twice with the Rangers and becoming a fan favorite. Holland’s old teammates roughed him up for five runs in 5 1/3 innings in a 10-4 Texas victory at Chicago on July 1.
ATLANTA (AP) — Right-hander Robert Stephenson is expected to come off the DL to start against the Braves tonight in Atlanta, giving Cincinnati the chance to have four rookies in its rotation. Sal Ramano started last night, Asher Wojciechowski (woh-jih-KOW’-skee) has started seven games and could return to the rotation next week, and Luis Castillo is scheduled to start tomorrow.
UNDATED (AP) — Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are looking to end six-game losing streaks today. The Pirates will send Chad Kuhl against St. Louis’ Michael Wacha this afternoon in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals had an eight-run lead in the eighth inning last night before holding on for an 11-10 win. Tonight in San Francisco, the Phillies’ Jerad Eickhoff faces the Giants’ Ty Blach in a matchup of the National League’s two worst teams.