BEGINNING: Nats examines Soto, Bosox checks Bogaerts | Sports News
A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Monday:
Washington star Juan Soto is examined after leaving a game early with a left calf injury.
The 23-year-old outfielder flexed and pointed his left leg after throwing a right throw in the third inning against Miami. He was retired after being involved in a rundown in the fourth.
Soto left Nationals Park to get an MRI.
“We’ll reevaluate it and see what happens,” manager Dave Martinez said.
Soto, the face of the franchise, is trying to sign a long-term contract. He has 15 home runs and 33 RBIs this season, along with a .382 on-base average and .449 hitting percentage.
“Oh yeah, it’s terrifying, obviously,” Nationals first baseman Josh Bell said. “I’m crossing my fingers that it’s not too, too time-consuming. We will see. I know he’ll probably get the results here soon. I know we are all holding our breath for him. I guess time will tell.
The Nationals start early, hosting the Marlins at 11:05 a.m.
The Red Sox will see how shortstop Xander Bogaerts feels a day after suffering seven stitches in his left thigh due to a toe injury.
The three-time all-star went off in the second inning with a laceration after the Cubs’ Willson Contreras slid towards him when he was caught stealing second at Wrigley Field.
Bogaerts said he didn’t think Contreras wanted to hurt him, and he didn’t want to block the base when Contreras arrived.
“I know he probably didn’t do it on purpose. My foot being in that position, it shouldn’t be there either,” he said.
Bogaerts hits .318 heading into Boston’s first game of the series at Fenway Park against Tampa Bay.
Long ago, it seemed like every big league team was playing a doubleheader on July 4th. It would be Koufax and Drysdale for the Dodgers or Palmer and McNally for the Orioles or Seaver and Koosman for the Mets.
Well, it’s not quite that anymore.
But, like it or not, the Cleveland Guardians maintain the twinbill tradition.
The Guardians will play yet another doubleheader, already their seventh this season and third in six days, when they face the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Zach Plesac (2-5, 3.86) will start Game 1 against Detroit rookie Garret Hill, making his major league debut. Cleveland southpaw Konnor Pilkington (1-1, 4.31) starts Game 2 against RHP Alex Faedo (1-4, 4.84).
The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, are scheduled for July 4 for the first time since 1916.
Toronto right-hander Alek Manoah (9-2, 2.09 ERA) has a chance to tie Tony Gonsolin of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros for the major league lead when he starts for the Blue Jays in game opening of a trip to Oakland.
Manoah is third in the American League in ERA, but has a 6.55 ERA in two career starts against the Athletics, allowing eight runs in 11 innings.
Cincinnati right-hander Hunter Greene is 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA in four starts since going seven shutout innings to beat Arizona on June 7. the series opener at home against Pete Alonso and the NL East Mets.
Greene will try to avoid becoming the third pitcher with double-digit losses this year after Washington’s Joan Adon (1-11) and Patrick Corbin (4-10).
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