O’s Get 1st Pick in Draft, M’s Win 13 in Row

A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:

The Baltimore Orioles have the No. 1 pick in the amateur draft for the second time in four years — and they’ll be looking for someone who can join 2019 No. 1 pick Adley Rutschman at the heart of their next contender.

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Many consider the best player available to be Georgian high school outfielder Druw Jones – son of former Braves star Andruw Jones. Several other players have family ties to the big league, including Jackson Holliday (son of Matt), Justin Crawford (son of Carl) and Cam Collier (son of Lou). Right-hander and former Vanderbilt star Kumar Rocker is also back in this year’s class after failing to reach a deal as the Mets’ first-round pick last summer.

Rounds 1 and 2 are scheduled for Sunday night, with 3-10 Monday and 11-20 Tuesday.

The Mariners have won 13 straight, twice tying the team record set in 2001 when Ichiro Suzuki, Edgar Martinez and Bret Boone led Seattle to 116 wins and its final playoff appearance.

JP Crawford hit an RBI single in the 10th inning as the Mariners beat Texas 3-2 on Saturday. Carlos Santana homered to help Seattle (50-42) win for the 21st time in 24 games.

Defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves have the longest winning streak this season, winning 14 in a row last month.

Mariners right-hander Chris Flexen (6-8, 3.84 ERA), who is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in five career starts against Texas, is up against rookie right-hander Glenn Otto ( 4-5, 5.50) hasn’t given up more than two runs in eight of his 12 total starts.

It’s the last day of play before the All-Star break, with the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers holding big division heads and the Mets, Brewers and Twins leading in tighter runs.

Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner, Mookie Betts and Los Angeles take on the Angels in the Freeway Series two days before the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.

First-time All-Star Luis Arraez, Carlos Correa and Minnesota take on the White Sox at Target Field. Dylan Cease (8-4, 2.30 ERA) leaves for Chicago — he’s allowed just three earned runs in his last nine starts and leads all starters with 13.09 strikeouts per nine innings, but no was not chosen for the All-Star Game. Minnesota should activate and start RHP Chris Archer (2-3, 3.08). Archer has been out since July 2 with left hip tightness.

Red Sox southpaw Chris Sale faces Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (8-2, 3.05) in his second start of the season after being sidelined with a broken rib.

Sale threw five scoreless innings against the Rays in his season debut on Tuesday night, hitting 97 mph in his final inning. Manager Alex Cora was happy with the arm strength and thought Sale had passed despite some rust in his delivery.

Cole pitched seven shutout innings with 11 strikeouts against Cincinnati in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the major league-leading Yankees.

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