LEADING OFF: Dodgers vs Braves NLCS rematch, Crimson Sox-Yanks

Dansby Swanson appears to be like to proceed his tear on the plate when the Braves host the Dodgers, their first assembly since Los Angeles rallied from a 3-1 collection deficit to beat Atlanta in final 12 months’s NLCS

A take a look at what’s taking place across the majors at present:

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POWER SURGE

Dansby Swanson appears to be like to proceed his tear on the plate when the Braves host the Dodgers, their first assembly since Los Angeles rallied from a 3-1 collection deficit to beat Atlanta in final 12 months’s NLCS.

Swanson hit a two-run homer Thursday throughout a 5-1 victory over Washington, extending his hitting streak to a career-best 12 video games. He has 5 homers in that stretch, together with in back-to-back video games.

Ian Anderson (4-2, 3.27 ERA) pitches for Atlanta in opposition to Julio Urías (7-2, 3.61), who closed out a 4-3 victory in Sport 7 of the 2020 NLCS with three hitless innings of reduction for his second win of the collection.

NEXT TO ARRIVE

After splitting a four-game set with Tampa Bay, the slumping Yankees welcome one other AL East rival to the Bronx when the Boston Crimson Sox go to for the primary recreation this season between the groups.

New York has dropped seven of 10 and its star-studded lineup has been held to 5 runs or fewer in 11 straight video games. Giancarlo Stanton is 1 for 16 with 9 strikeouts in 5 video games since coming back from a left quadriceps pressure.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 4.01 ERA) begins for the Crimson Sox in opposition to Michael King (0-2, 2.86).

BEEN A WHILE

Cincinnati right-hander Luis Castillo (1-8, 7.22 ERA) tries for his first win in virtually two months when the visiting Reds face Kwang Hyun Kim and the St. Louis Cardinals. Castillo is 0-7 with a 7.91 ERA in his final seven begins. He hasn’t received since he tossed seven scoreless innings in an 11-4 victory over Pittsburgh on April 7.

In accordance with Elias Sports activities, no Reds pitcher has misplaced eight consecutive appearances as a beginning pitcher in a single season.

Kim (1-3, 3.65 ERA) has dropped his final three begins.

WORTH WATCHING

The Chicago White Sox are in wait-and-see mode with outfielder Andrew Vaughn after the rookie was positioned on the COVID-19 injured listing. Basic supervisor Rick Hahn mentioned Vaughn was asymptomatic.

“Our hope is that, just like our different IL placements of this nature, he’ll return shortly to the energetic roster,” Hahn mentioned in a press release.

The 23-year-old Vaughn was chosen by Chicago with the No. 3 general choose within the 2019 newbie draft. He’s batting .226 with 4 homers and 12 RBIs for the AL Central leaders.

BACK AT THE SCENE

Tampa Bay, with the very best report within the American League, returns to Texas for the primary time since dropping final 12 months’s neutral-site World Collection to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kyle Gibson (3-0, 2.24 ERA) is predicted to come back off the injured listing for the Rangers, lastly again dwelling after a franchise-worst 0-9 street journey that marked their longest dropping streak general since 2003. Texas has dropped 15 in a row away from dwelling, one shy of the membership report set by the 1961 Washington Senators, in accordance with the Elias Sports activities Bureau. The last-place Rangers are 13-13 at dwelling and 9-23 on the street.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Cleveland is transferring nearer to a brand new title. The membership says it has a ultimate listing from an preliminary pool of almost 1,200 entries. It’s vetting the doable workforce names for authorized functions after months of analysis and discussions with followers. In December, the Indians mentioned they had been altering their title for the primary time since 1915. The choice got here throughout a nationwide motion to take away and change prejudicial names and symbols, and after a robust push from Native American teams who deemed the present title racist.

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