A look at possible trade activity:
UNDATED (AP) _ Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard is set to start against the White Sox, and it could be his final appearance with the club. The hard-throwing 26-year-old changed his bio on Twitter over the weekend to read “Pitcher for the New York Mets, for now,” and he also tweeted a meme of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth with the text “I have no idea what’s going on.” First-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has been busy ahead of Wednesday’s trade deadline, acquiring right-hander Marcus Stroman from Toronto and dealing left-hander Jason Vargas to Philadelphia. It’s unclear if the club plans to send away more pieces or make a long-odds push for an NL wild card.
If Madison Bumgarner, Noah Syndergaard, Trevor Bauer, Mike Minor or Robbie Ray are going to get dealt to contenders desperate for arms, it will happen by Wednesday afternoon or not at all. Baseball’s trade window shuts at that point _ completely, not like in years past. Marcus Stroman, Jason Vargas, Andrew Cashner, Jordan Lyles, Drew Smyly, Homer Bailey, Jake Diekman and Derek Holland are among the pitchers dealt as the deadline approached.
A look at MLB action today:
UNDATED (AP) _ David Price gets the ball for Boston in the opener of a three-game series against Charlie Morton and Tampa Bay at Fenway Park. The Red Sox took two of three from the Rays last week and have pulled within a half-game of Tampa Bay for second place in the AL East. Neither team currently holds a postseason spot, with the Yankees pacing the division by 8 1/2 games and the Rays a half-game behind Oakland for the second AL wild card.
Elsewhere around the majors:
_ Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick will begin to serve his two-game suspension during games against Cleveland after Major League Baseball upheld the ban for his violent home plate collision with Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Marisnick had appealed the penalty for the play that occurred July 7. Lucroy suffered a concussion and a broken nose. Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre said he didn’t believe Marisnick intended to injure Lucroy, but Marisnick’s actions warranted discipline because they violated MLB rules designed to protect catchers.
_ Drew Smyly makes his second start for the Phillies after being cut last month by Texas. The left-hander shut down Pittsburgh in his Philadelphia debut, pitching six innings of one-run ball. He’ll get a tougher test in the red-hot Giants, who have won 12 of 15 to bust into the NL wild card race. Tyler Beede is set to pitch for San Francisco.
_ Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran enters today’s start 0-3 in seven outings since beating Pittsburgh on June 13. Nationals right-hander Erick Fedde was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg to take Max Scherzer’s turn. Scherzer is back on the 10-day injured list with a minor rhomboid strain.
_ Yu Darvish starts the opener of a three-game set at St. Louis for the Cubs tonight. Adam Wainwright pitches for the Cardinals.
_ Colorado lefty Kyle Freeland starts tonight. He is 0-2 with a 6.43 ERA since rejoining the Rockies after a five-week stay in the minors. Lefthander Julio Urias is set to start for the Dodgers
_ Marlins rookie Zac Gallen is scheduled to make his seventh start to begin a three-game series against the Twins. In his last start, Gallen pitched seven shutout innings to beat the White Sox for his first career win. Following an off day, Jake Odorizzi (oh-dah-REE’-zee) starts for Twins.
A few other interleague matchups have the Orioles at San Diego, the Diamondbacks visiting the Yankees, and the Athletics hosting the Brewers. Tonight’s games also include the Pirates and Reds in Cincinnati, the Tampa Bay Rays and Red Sox at Fenway, the Mariners visiting the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays in Kansas City to play the Royals, and the Angels hosting the Tigers.
AFL-NFL star Robinson headed to Hall of Fame
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Johnny Robinson, the former LSU standout-turned-star safety during the years of the AFL-NFL merger, finally is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Robinson was passed over six times during the 1980s but now will get to slip on that famous gold jacket as a seniors committee nominee. He is the ninth member of the Chiefs’ 1970 Super Bowl championship team to be inducted in Canton, Ohio, joining Len Dawson and others.
More than 130 living Hall of Famers known as “Gold Jackets” will return to be a part of Enshrinement Week August 1st through the 4th this year.