LEADING OFF: Pirates try for a hit, absent M’s in Toronto
A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
The Pirates head to Wrigley Field seeking a slightly more convincing victory a day after beating the Reds 1-0 despite having zero hits. It marked the sixth time since 1901 that a big league team won despite not getting any hits. It last happened in 2008 when Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo of the Angels lost while holding the Dodgers hitless.
By MLB record-keeping rules, Cincinnati’s accomplishment wasn’t an official no-hitter because its pitchers didn’t go at least nine innings.
Pittsburgh hadn’t announced a starter for its series opener against the Cubs.
STUCK AT THE BORDER
Mariners manager Scott Servais said “a couple players” won’t make the trip for a three-game series at Toronto because of the Canadian government’s vaccine mandate.
Servais on Sunday did not identify which players will be unavailable. Canada requires anyone entering the country to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the second at least 14 days before entry.
Left-hander Roenis Elías was in the clubhouse Sunday, and Servais said the 33-year-old likely will be added to the active roster by Monday. Elías last appeared in the major leagues with Washington in 2019.
Holding the best record in the National League, the New York Mets (23-13) host Nolan Arenado and the Cardinals in their first meeting since a bench-clearing scuffle between the teams last month in St. Louis.
Miles Mikolas (3-1, 1.49 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series — though bad weather is in the forecast. New York is expected to tab long man Trevor Williams (0-2, 5.73) for a spot start in place of injured Tylor Megill.
ON AND OFF
Twins star outfielder Byron Buxton is second in the majors with 11 home runs going into the start of this week’s series at Oakland.
Buxton connected Sunday in a 3-1 win over Cleveland. He has a .330 on-base average and .706 slugging percentage despite missing 12 games because of knee trouble.
Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli says he expects Buxton to keep getting a day off after playing a couple of games in a row to deal with swelling in his knee.
“(It’s) the type of thing that you cannot play through and play every day,” Baldelli said. “This is what’s going to allow him to get back to full strength or close to full strength where he can play almost every day. I hope this isn’t what we have to do the whole year … but for right now, it’s what we have to do.”
BRYANT ON DECK
Sidelined since April 25, Rockies slugger Kris Bryant is scheduled to play two rehab games for Triple-A Albuquerque this week.
The 30-year-old Bryant has been out with a back problem. He’ll be re-evaluated after the minor league stint and Colorado hopes he can return for next weekend’s series against the New York Mets.
The four-time All-Star is batting .281 with no home runs and four RBIs in 57 at-bats over 15 games for Colorado. He joined the Rockies this season after signing a $182 million, seven-year contract.
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