LEADING OFF: More teams go to 100% capacity, Minor in Texas

Jun 24, 2021, 4:34 AM | Updated: 4:39 pm

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

___

FILLING BALLPARKS

The Chicago White Sox, Houston, Milwaukee and San Francisco all move to full capacity Friday for the first time since 2019, raising the total to 24 teams at 100%. Five teams are scheduled to reach full capacity in the next 10 days: Colorado (Monday), Oakland (June 29), Pittsburgh (July 1) and Minnesota and Tampa Bay (July 5). Toronto, forced from home by Canadian government coronavirus restrictions, is playing home games at the field of its Triple-A team in Buffalo, New York.

MINOR RETURNS

Royals left-hander Mike Minor (6-4, 4.48) is set to pitch at Texas for the first time since the Rangers traded him to Oakland late last season.

The 33-year-old Minor was 26-23 with a 4.00 ERA over three seasons with Texas. He made his only All-Star team there in 2019, a career year when he struck out 200 batters and finished eighth in AL Cy Young Award balloting. Minor faced the Rangers in Kansas City in his Royals debut, pitching four-run ball over six innings on April 3 in an 11-4 win.

RHP Dane Dunning (2-6, 4.71) is slated to start for the Rangers.

MINISCULE MANAEA

Oakland Athletics lefty Sean Manaea has a 1.19 ERA over his last six starts, allowing only five runs over 37 2-3 innings. Manaea (6-3, 3.01 ERA overall in 15 starts this season) gave up two runs in 5 1/3 innings when the A’s lost 2-1 to th Yankees in New York on Sunday. Before that, he was the first Oakland pitcher since Trevor Cahill 10 years ago with five consecutive starts pitching at least five innings and allowing no more than one run.

Manaea starts Friday night when the A’s end the first of their three 10-game trips this season close to home. They play an interleague game against the Giants in San Francisco, meaning Manaea gets the opportunity to hit for the first time since 2018.

BEANTOWN

Right-hander Domingo Germán (4-4, 4.17) starts for the New York Yankees in their first game in front of fans at Fenway Park since 2019. Left-hander Martín Pérez (5-4, 4.32) will be on the mound for the Boston Red Sox.

STRUGGLING HARVEY

Matt Harvey is 0-8 with with an 11.49 ERA in his last nine starts for the Baltimore Orioles, leaving him 2-8 with a 7.80 ERA going into his outing Friday against the Blue Jays in Buffalo, New York. Alek Manoah (1-0, 4.18) starts for Toronto while appealing a five-game suspension assessed by Major League Baseball senior vice president Michael Hill, who concluded the rookie intentionally threw at Baltimore’s Maikel Franco last weekend when he hit him on the left shoulder with a 93.8 mph pitch, just after allowing consecutive home runs to Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the World Cup group C soc...
Associated Press

Lewandowski scores at World Cup, Poland beats Saudis 2-0

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Robert Lewandowski finally scored at the World Cup on Saturday, helping Poland beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 and boosting his team’s chances of reaching the knockout stages. Lewandowski shed tears after scoring in the 82nd minute. He raced toward the corner with his arms outstretched, then stayed slumped on the field […]
1 day ago
Laborers cheer at a fan festival at the Asian Town cricket stadium in Doha, Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25,...
Associated Press

On outskirts of Doha, laborers watch World Cup they built

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Far from Doha’s luxury hotels and sprawling new World Cup stadiums, scores of South Asian workers poured into a cricket ground in the city’s sandy outskirts to enjoy the tournament they helped create. Unlike the official FIFA fan zone near Doha’s pristine corniche, this one has no $14 beer or foreign […]
1 day ago
England's Jude Bellingham, centre, scores his side's opening goal during the World Cup group B socc...
Associated Press

World Cup analysts cite more goals from crosses, penalties

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — More crosses creating more goals. Winning penalties with “total genius” like Cristiano Ronaldo. Pressing opponents to quickly win back the ball. FIFA’s expert analysts picked their World Cup trends Saturday from the first 16 games after each team played once. What the Technical Study Group saw was more and better crosses […]
1 day ago
Iran's team players celebrate at the end of the World Cup group B soccer match between Wales and Ir...
Associated Press

Iran shuts out noise at World Cup but United States looms

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — After a World Cup start clouded by a disastrous loss and persistent questions about the civil unrest back home, Iran is celebrating the prospect of its first ever trip to the knockout stage. But first, Team Melli faces the United States. Iran defeated Wales 2-0 Friday and collected the three points […]
1 day ago
Brazil's Neymar, lies on the pitch as he receives first aid during the World Cup group G soccer mat...
Associated Press

Brazil with plenty of options to replace Neymar at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — With Neymar out for at least another match, Brazil coach Tite must now start thinking about a replacement — and this time he has plenty of options. Brazil is not as Neymar-dependent as it used to be, and Tite could go several different ways to replace the Paris Saint-Germain forward for […]
1 day ago
Australia's head coach Graham Arnold celebrates after winning the World Cup group D soccer match be...
Associated Press

Australia’s emotions run high after rare World Cup win

AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) — Mitchell Duke celebrated scoring Australia’s winning goal by forming a “J” with his fingers in a tribute to his son Jaxson, who was in the stands. Coach Graham Arnold dragged injured winger Martin Boyle — on crutches — into the celebratory huddle as fans sang merrily along to Men at […]
1 day ago
LEADING OFF: More teams go to 100% capacity, Minor in Texas