Kershaw vs Scherzer as last 2 champs collide

A take a look at what’s taking place around the majors today:

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PITCHING CENTER

A set of three-time Cy Young Award winners square off when Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers deal with Max Scherzer and the Nationals in a marquee match in between the previous 2 World Series champs. Los Angeles is searching for a three-game sweep of its very first house series this season, and Dodgers beginners are 5-0 in their last 7 getaways.

The Dodgers have actually won 5 of their last 6 regular-season video games versus the Nationals and are 11-4 versus Washington over the previous 4 seasons. However the Nats beat Los Angeles in a five-game playoff series en route to their 2019 title.

LIKE THOSE LEFTIES

AL MVP José Abreu and the Chicago White Sox will attempt to win their 18th straight video game when dealing with a left-handed starter. That would connect the big league record set by Atlanta from 2004-05.

The White Sox get their opportunity when they host Mike Minor and the Royals. Chicago’s streak dates to a loss to Detroit on Sept. 28, 2019, when lefty Tyler Alexander began for the Tigers.

HOUSE OF THE BRAVE

It’s been a huge week for Atlanta reserve Ehire Adrianza. He was restored from the limited list prior to Friday night’s video game versus Philadelphia, in the nick of time to release his very first pinch-hit homer — a three-run shot. Adrianza had actually been far from the group while finishing his citizenship test. He included a pinch-hit double Saturday and scored the consent run.

“I’m glad to be a U.S. citizen,” stated the 31-year-old Adrianza, a local of Venezuela who played the previous 4 seasons with Minnesota following 4 with San Francisco.

Adrianza and the Braves opt for a series sweep when they host the NL East competing Phillies in prime-time show. Atlanta opened the season with 4 successive losses, the very first 3 in Philadelphia, however has actually recuperated rapidly with a four-game winning streak. Drew Smyly makes his very first house start for the Braves versus Matt Moore.

IN THE CARDS

Nolan Arenado has actually gotten a hit in each of St. Louis’ 8 video games this season. The striking streak matches Roger Maris (1967) for the longest amongst gamers brand-new to the Cardinals. The previous Colorado star is striking .333 with 2 crowning achievement and 5 RBIs.

BONUS DIFFICULTY

The Twins have actually lost 3 times this season — all of them in 10th inning with the automated runner on 2nd base.

“The game, as we are used to playing it, does change, and we have to adapt to that,” Minnesota supervisor Rocco Baldelli stated.

Seattle topped the Twins 4-3 in the 10th on Saturday, assisted when Minnesota reducer Taylor Rogers couldn’t get a tidy grip on a bunt.

“We’re talking bunts. We’re talking choppers. We’re talking putting the ball in play, making a play in the field, and that’s the difference between a win or a loss. Sometimes it stings,” Baldelli stated.

AT LAST

Yankees newbie Jay Bruce batted ninth for the very first time in his profession in a video game at Tampa Bay. The 34-year-old Bruce, in his 14th season, had actually begun at every area in the lineup other than last up until Saturday.

Bruce went 0 for 3, dropping his batting average to .111.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.