A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays welcome Texas to town for the first time since their raucous Game 5 of the AL Division Series. That decisive matchup at Rogers Centre last October included Bautista’s high-flying bat flip, a couple of angry confrontations and fans throwing debris.
Giants newcomer Johnny Cueto returns to Great American Ball Park to face the Reds. The All-Star made the first 213 starts of his career for Cincinnati before being traded last July to Kansas City in a package that included pitcher Brandon Finnegan. Cueto signed with San Francisco in the offseason and has done well so far, going 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA. He’ll face Finnegan (1-1, 3.86) in this matchup.
Jason Hammel (3-0, 0.75) carries the NL’s best ERA into Pittsburgh when the Cubs visit PNC Park for the first time since last year’s wild-card game. Jake Arrieta outpitched Gerrit Cole to win that matchup 4-0 in October. Cole will start this game against Hammel.
A HOME RUN
AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel starts the series opener vs. Minnesota at Minute Maid Park. The Astros lefty is 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA overall this season, but has won 17 straight decisions at home dating to 2014.
At 0-4, James Shields starts for the Padres at home against Colorado. He is 13-11 with a 3.86 ERA in 38 starts with San Diego since signing a $75 million, four-year contract as a free agent before the 2015 season.