LEADING OFF: Franco ties a Mantle mark, Civale returns

Sep 6, 2021, 9:54 AM | Updated: 10:06 pm

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

___

WANDERFUL FRANCO

Rays rookie Wander Franco keeps putting up impressive numbers and has reached base safely in 36 straight games. That’s the longest active streak in the majors and is tied with Mickey Mantle (1951-52) for the best by an American League player under age 21; Frank Robinson holds that MLB record with 43 in a row for the Reds in 1956.

The 20-year-old Franco tripled in his first at-bat Monday at Fenway Park. He wound up with four hits as the AL East leaders beat Boston 11-10 in 10 innings.

Franco is hitting .290 and has scored 48 runs and driven in 36 since making his big league debut this year. At the time of his promotion in June, he was considered the best minor league prospect in baseball.

HAPPY RETURNS

Aaron Civale returns to the mound when the Cleveland Indians host Minnesota. The 26-year-old Civale (10-2, 3.32 ERA) was in the middle of a breakout season when he sprained the middle finger on his right hand during a start at the Chicago Cubs on June 21.

The right-hander made three minor league rehab starts, going 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA. John Gant (4-9, 3.98 ERA) pitches for the Twins.

BREW MASTERS

Bryce Harper and the Phillies look to beat the NL Central-leading Brewers for the sixth straight time this season when Aaron Nola (7-7, 4.54 ERA) pitches against Eric Lauer (4-5, 3.75) in Milwaukee. Nola is 4-0 with a 2.75 ERA in seven career starts versus the Brewers, including a 6-5 victory on May 4 when he struck out 10 in Philadelphia.

Harper hit one of Philadelphia’s six homers Monday during a 12-0 romp in the series opener. He is batting .383 (18 for 47) with five home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 12 games.

Milwaukee has an 11-game cushion in its division, but the Phillies are chasing a playoff spot. They’ve won eight of 10 to close within 1 1/2 games of first-place Atlanta in the NL East and two games of San Diego for the second NL wild card.

Brewers right fielder Avisaíl García, out of the starting lineup since last Thursday with soreness in his lower back and legs, could return Tuesday or Wednesday, manager Craig Counsell said.

CHECK HIM

The Blue Jays will see how George Springer is feeling, a day after he fouled a ball off his knee and exited a game at Yankee Stadium.

Springer has missed most of his first season with Toronto because of an assortment of injuries. He was hurt in the eighth inning of an 8-0 win over New York and stayed in, but gingerly walked back to the dugout after striking out.

Springer, who was the Blue Jays’ designated hitter, was replaced by Jake Lamb in the ninth. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Springer had a contusion and is day to day.

The 2017 World Series MVP with Houston, Springer is hitting .260 with 16 home runs and 35 RBIs in 56 games this year.

In a matchup of playoff contenders, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (14-6, 2.73 ERA) starts the second game of a four-game seies. Cole fanned 15 in seven innings against the Angels in his last outing — he’s two behind Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler for most strikeouts in the majors.

ONE MORE HURDLE

Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (elbow inflammation) is scheduled to pitch three innings in a rehab outing for Triple-A Oklahoma City. If all goes well, the team expects the three-time Cy Young Award winner will be ready to return for his next start.

___

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

Canada's James Crawford celebrates in the finish area after completing an alpine ski, men's World C...
Associated Press

Canadian skier Crawford edges Kilde for world super-G title

COURCHEVEL, France (AP) — Canadian skier James Crawford edged Aleksander Aamodt Kilde by one-hundredth of a second to win the gold medal in the men’s super-G at the world championships on Thursday. Alexis Pinturault finished 0.26 seconds behind to take bronze, two days after the Frenchman won the combined race at the worlds in his […]
1 day ago
FILE - Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant (7) looks to drive against Chicago Bulls' Coby White (0) during ...
Associated Press

AP source: Brooklyn Nets trading Kevin Durant to Suns

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Durant’s time in Brooklyn ended early Thursday when the Nets agreed to trade him to the Phoenix Suns, a person with knowledge of the details said. The Suns will send Cam Johnson, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder, four first-round picks and additional draft compensation to the Nets for the 13-time All-Star. […]
1 day ago
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, dribbles around Golden State Warriors forward An...
Associated Press

Lillard has triple-double, Blazers beat Warriors 125-122

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied past the Golden State Warriors 125-122 on Wednesday night. It was just the second triple-double of Lillard’s career, and first this season. “I didn’t shoot the ball very well. But I think I approached the […]
1 day ago
Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving smiles as he warms up prior to an NBA basketball game against t...
Associated Press

Irving scores 24 in Dallas debut, leads Mavs over Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyrie Irving came out charging in his Dallas debut, keying a big run to open the game and sparking his new teammates in front of a cheering Luka Doncic on the bench. Irving scored 24 points and the Mavericks never trailed in beating the Los Angeles Clippers 110-104 on Wednesday night. […]
1 day ago
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) goes to the basket as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jaden McD...
Associated Press

T’wolves top Jazz in matchup of teams trading with Lakers

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 31 points and Jaylen Nowell added a career-high 30 to lead Minnesota to a 143-118 win over Utah on Wednesday night amid word the Timberwolves, Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers were part of an eight-player swap hours ahead of the NBA trade deadline. “It was crazy, the […]
1 day ago
Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn (14) is congratulated after scoring during the second period of t...
Associated Press

Benn breaks scoreless tie early in 2nd, Stars top Wild 4-1

DALLAS (AP) — Captain Jamie Benn broke a scoreless tie 23 seconds into the second period of his 1,001st career game, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Wednesday night. Benn’s 20th goal on a perfect feed from 19-year-old rookie Wyatt Johnston started a three-goal second for the Western Conference-leading Stars. Radek […]
1 day ago
LEADING OFF: Franco ties a Mantle mark, Civale returns