07/21 21:19 CDT LEADING OFF: Skaggs' funeral, White Sox debut full netting
LEADING OFF: Skaggs' funeral, White Sox debut full netting
By The Associated Press
A look at what's happening around the majors Monday:
Ryan Braun will miss Milwaukee's home game against the Cincinnati Reds to
attend the funeral of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found
dead in a Texas hotel room on July 1. Braun and Skaggs were workout buddies.
Mike Trout and the Angels have an off day between road series at Seattle and
the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Chicago White Sox are set to become the first team to have protective
netting in place entirely from foul pole to foul pole when they host Miami.
Washington also has extended its netting in midseason --- nearly as far as the
The new netting at Guaranteed Rate Field and Nationals Park will debut a day
after another fan was injured by a foul ball. Cleveland star Francisco Lindor
said he was told his liner at Progressive Field sent a 3-year-old boy to the
Several fans, some of them young children, have been hurt all around the majors
this season by foul balls. Some teams have added extra netting as a result.
Adam Jones will see plenty of former teammates when the Diamondbacks host
Baltimore. Jones spent 11 years in the Orioles' outfield before signing with
Arizona in spring training. Jones, who turns 34 on Aug. 1, is hitting .267 with
13 home runs and 44 RBIs.
EYES ON OCTOBER
It's a matchup of American League division leaders and a potential playoff
preview when the Yankees visit Minnesota. One day after turning 39, left-hander
CC Sabathia (5-4) starts for New York against Martn Prez (8-3). After a 7-3
homestand, the Yankees (64-34) have a nine-game cushion in the AL East over
Tampa Bay. Meanwhile, the Twins (60-38) are three up on Cleveland in the AL
HOW THE WEST IS WON
Michael Brantley and the AL West-leading Astros seek their sixth consecutive
victory when they host second-place Oakland, which has won eight of 10.
All-Star Gerrit Cole (10-5, 3.12 ERA) gets the ball for the Astros, who are 6
games ahead of the Athletics. Cole struck out 11 and allowed one run in seven
innings last time out against the Angels. Homer Bailey (8-6, 4.69) makes his
second start for Oakland since coming over in a July 14 trade with the Royals.
He beat Seattle in his A's debut last Wednesday.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton could come off the seven-day concussion list
and play against the Yankees. He worked out at Target Field on Sunday and was
eligible to be activated, but stayed on the injured list. ... Brewers All-Star
pitcher Brandon Woodruff exited his start Sunday at Arizona with a strained
left oblique and is headed to the injured list. The right-hander is 11-3 with a
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