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A look at what’s happening around the majors Sunday
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January 15, 2019 - 1:12 am

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TWO DOWN…Houston tries to become the second team to sweep major league-leading Boston this season when the teams complete their three-game series on national TV. The defending World Series champion Astros took the first two games to extend their winning streak to seven http://www.raysfanproshop.com/…..ler-jersey , including a 5-3 win Saturday backed by Alex Bregman’s 30th homer. The finale will be a matchup of former AL Cy Young Award winners, with Houston’s Dallas Keuchel opposing Boston’s Rick Porcello. The Red Sox were swept for the first time by Tampa Bay in late August.MR. CONSISTENCYJacob deGrom has allowed more than three runs in one start this season, back in April. That’s why he’s a candidate for the NL Cy Young Award despite an 8-8 record for the fourth-place Mets, who’ve struggled to score when he’s been on the mound. He’s winless in his last three starts despite pitching to a 1.35 ERA in those outings. DeGrom will go for his ninth win in a matchup with the contending Phillies, who have their own Cy Young candidate in Aaron Nola (16-4).ROLLING ROBBIERobbie Ray and the playoff-chasing Diamondbacks conclude a series against NL East-leading Atlanta. Ray (5-2, 4.25) hasn’t lost since July 12 and is coming off 6 1/3 electric innings against San Diego, when he struck out 10 and allowed two hits in a 6-0 win. Braves starter Touki Toussaint (1-1, 3.38) pitched no-hit ball through four innings against Boston last time out before getting hit around in the fifth.WEATHER WOESThe Reds moved their series finale against the Padres to 4:10 p.m. to give the teams a better chance of escaping the rain that has interfered with the previous two games in Cincinnati. Friday night’s game ended after midnight because of a 2-hour, 37-minute rain delay Joey Wendle Jersey , and Saturday’s game was called after seven innings because of more bad weather. If Sunday’s game were postponed, the Padres would be forced to fly back from San Francisco on Sept. 27 for a makeup game between last-place teams. “We would love, love, love to get these games in here the next couple days,” San Diego manager Andy Green said.Rain also forced a postponement of the Cubs-Nationals game in Washington on Friday night, forcing a doubleheader Saturday with more rain forecast for Sunday. BALTIMORE — Toronto Blue Jays rookie Thomas Pannone was dazzling in his first major league start against the Baltimore Orioles.Now, he will look to duplicate that success when he takes the mound at Camden Yards for the second game of the series Tuesday night.The Blue Jays fell to the Orioles 7-0 in the opener Monday night. It was just the second time in 14 meetings Baltimore came away with a victory against its AL East rival.Article continues below …Toronto designated hitter Kendrys Morales went 0 for 3 with a walk and fell short in his bid to become the fourth player in history to homer in eight consecutive games.Nonetheless, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons marveled at Morales’ performance.“It’s a surprise he still gets pitches to hit,” Gibbons said. “I don’t think any of us can comprehend how hard it is to do. It really couldn’t happen to a better guy.”Pannone (1-0 http://www.raysfanproshop.com/…..oyo-jersey , 1.59 ERA) has shown flashes that he could be a key part of the franchise’s future. In his previous start against the Orioles, he threw seven scoreless innings with just one hit in a 6-0 victory. He is looking to have the same success against the Orioles, who did not manage a hit against him until the seventh inning.Pannone became the fifth player in MLB history to allow one hit or fewer and two walks or fewer in seven or more shutout innings in his first big league start, according to Elias Sports Bureau.“I was a little bit nervous when I woke up, but as I came here and prepared for the game, I settled in really well,” Pannone said after his debut. “I knew the whole game I hadn’t given up a hit yet. I think I always know as the game is going on, but I’d say it was pretty obvious to me in like the sixth inning that I had made it through at least five without giving up a hit.”Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson will begin his rehab assignment Tuesday for Class-A Dunedin, which is three days before the trade deadlineThe Orioles (38-94) snapped an eight-game losing streak. Baltimore also went 0-10 at Rogers Centre. The team has already traded several key veterans as the franchise begins a full-scale rebuild.Baltimore’s starter on Tuesday will be Josh Rogers http://www.raysfanproshop.com/…..ldi-jersey , who was acquired from the Yankees for closer Zach Britton and is 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in five starts for Triple-A Norfolk.Manager Buck Showalter said several younger have an opportunity to show they can be part of a long-range plan. The Orioles also might not be finished making deals.“We traded some really good players, so there’s been a lot of movement,” Showalter said. “I’ve got my hands full here. But there’s a lot of things I’m sure are going on and close or not close. It doesn’t help anybody to know all that stuff’s a good opportunity to evaluate and we’ve got another month or so of it.“I can’t really handicap between now and the end of the month. I know for our guys who are here who might be involved in that, personally I’d love to see them, if they’re going to be traded, get there before the 1st so at least they’re eligible for the postseason. But that doesn’t mean somebody still won’t take them to try to get there. We traded some really good playersOrioles rookie center fielder Cedric Mullins was back in the lineup Monday after missing the previous game with a hip injury.

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