Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, left, falls to the ground
after forcing out Kansas City Royals' Christian Colon,
right, during the second inning of a baseball game at
Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, April 20,
A look at what's
happening all around the major leagues today:
Bryan Price will have to face the media before Cincinnati's game
against Milwaukee, a day after he went on a profanity-filled
tirade, taking exception with the way his team was being covered.
BACK ON THE MOUND
right-hander Carlos Carrasco makes his first start since he was
struck by a liner off the bat of White Sox outfielder Melky
Cabrera in the first inning of a 4-1 loss last Tuesday. Carrasco
was carted off the field after the ball glanced off his glove and
right hand before hitting him on the right side of his face. He
had his next start pushed back a day to Tuesday in Chicago, but
manager Terry Francona said he is ready to go.
HERE WE GO, AGAIN
The Royals and
Twins should be awfully familiar with each other already. After
playing a three-game set last week in Minnesota, they returned to
Kansas City for a three-game set. And the starting rotations
happen to line up. Minnesota will send out Tommy Milone to face
Kansas City counterpart Jason Vargas. Milone and the Twins beat
Vargas and the Royals last Thursday, 3-1.
ON A RUN
East-leading New York Mets take their eight-game winning streak
into the opener of a three-game series against the division-rival
Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mets top catching prospect Kevin
Plawecki could get his first start in place of the injured Travis
Dodgers visit the slumping World Series champion Giants. Brett
Anderson starts for Los Angeles, which has won seven in a row to
open the season 9-3. Tim Lincecum hopes to help 4-10 San Francisco
get back on track.
IN GOOD COMPANY
right-hander Collin McHugh puts his nine-game winning streak on
the line against Taijuan Walker and the Seattle Mariners. McHugh's
streak is longest by a Houston starter since Roy Oswalt won nine
straight in 2006-07.