Yankees-Astros play one-game series in Houston

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The Yankees and Astros will meet in a one-game series between the AL Division leaders at Minute Maid Park — it’s a lockout-postponed one-game line-up.

Both teams were on New York-Houston flights after wins Wednesday afternoon in the Big Apple. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton homered at Yankee Stadium in a 5-3 win over Oakland; Justin Verlander and the Astros beat the NL East-leading Mets 2-0 at Citi Field.

Houston left fielder Yordan Álvarez and shortstop Jeremy Peña were injured when they collided while running on a popup. Álvarez left on a cart, seated, and Peña returned to the canoe. The two were walking around the club after the match and manager Dusty Baker said the team were awaiting medical reports.

Luis Garcia (5-5, 3.68 ERA), who beat the Yankees in his last outing, starts for Houston against Luis Severino (4-2, 3.38 ERA). The clubs split a four-game series in the Bronx last weekend.

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It’ll be a quick trip to Texas for the Yankees — they start a Friday night series in Cleveland. Houston can stay home and host Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and the Angels over the weekend.


Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and the NL West Dodgers open their longest home stay of the season, an 11-game stint against San Diego, Colorado and the Cubs.

Joe Musgrove (8-1, 2.12 ERA) starts for the second-place Padres against Mitch White (1-1, 4.25). Musgrove absorbed his only loss this year in his previous start, giving up six runs in six innings against Philadelphia.

Los Angeles is 20-12 at Dodger Stadium. The Padres are 24-15 on the road.

“I know we’re leading (the division) and they’re going to come with some energy as we’ve seen. We have to match him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We have to play good baseball. Either way, we still have a lot of baseball to play, but we definitely want to play our best baseball this series.

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Luis Arraez and the Minnesota Twins wrap up a five-game series in Cleveland with the last of eight matchups in 10 days between the AL Central’s top two teams. After this, they will not see each other again until September.

Chris Archer (2-3, 3.14 ERA) starts for Minnesota against 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (3-4, 3.07). Archer is 0-7 with a 5.87 ERA in eight career starts against Cleveland.

Minnesota leads the division by two games against Cleveland after the teams split the first four games of the series.

Josh Naylor banged a two-run homer with two out in the 10th inning Wednesday night, completing a four-point rally that gave the Guardians a thrilling 7-6 win. After rounding the bases, Naylor enthusiastically headbutted 63-year-old Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who wore a batting helmet.

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“I don’t think you’ll see a much tougher game in a team than this,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We have to find a way to finish the games.”


Star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. (bruised left foot) will join the Braves in Philadelphia and could play as Atlanta embarks on a three-game sweep.

Acuña has missed the last three games after fouling a foot ball in Saturday’s win over the Dodgers. He stayed in Atlanta for treatment when the Braves traveled to Philadelphia.

The Braves are 21-5 in June, tying the team record for most wins in a calendar month since the club moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. They will look to set a new mark when Ian Anderson (6-4, 4.60 ERA) throws against Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (4-5, 2.98).


The Brewers will see how center fielder Jonathan Davis feels, a day after he crashed headfirst into Tampa Bay’s padded wall making a terrific catch.

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Davis ran at top speed and jumped back to catch Randy Arozarena’s drive in round two on Wednesday. He remained on the ground for several minutes holding his back and left the game the next round with lower back and ribcage discomfort.

“Spectacular, scary…those two words,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s doing pretty well. He is hurt. He’s a good centre-back so I thought he had a chance, but where the ball ended up and how badly it got hit… for him to get there and put his health and his body at risk, It’s awesome.

The Brewers open a series in Pittsburgh.


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