CONCLUSION: Franco Debut, Cole Focus, Hendricks Streak | Sports news


A look at what’s happening at the majors today:

Wander Franco, a 20-year-old infielder who is considered the best youth player in the minor leagues, was due to make his major league debut for the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox.

Franco hit .315 with seven homers and 35 RBIs in 39 games that season at Triple-A Durham. He was 5 for 17 with a long home run in seven spring training games for Tampa Bay that year.

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Tampa Bay has lost six times in a row and is half a game behind the first-placed Red Sox in the AL East.

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (8-3, 2.31 ERA) is making his first start since Major League Baseball introduced mandatory umpire controls on all pitchers for prohibited grip-enhancing substances. The right-hander will take a five-day break when he visits the Kansas City Royals.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks (9-4, 4.13) has won the best seven starts of his career for the Chicago Cubs, who face the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, the Eli Morgan (0-1, 12.79) into the chic hills . Hendricks’ wins despite an average four-seam fastball speed of 87.1 mph, 183rd out of 184 qualified throwers. Only Tyler Rogers from Minnesota with his submarine delivery travels at 82.3 mph.

Left-handed Clayton Kershaw will face San Diego for the third time this season when the Los Angeles Dodgers play at the Padres on Tuesday night. Kershaw (8-6, 3.36) is 1-1 with 2.08 ERA against the Padres this season and 22-8 with 2.04 against San Diego in 42 career starts.

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