A look at what’s happening around the majors today:HOW THE WEST IS WONAll-Star outfielder George Springer is expected to come off the disabled list for the Houston Astros when the defending champions visit Oakland for the opener of a pivotal three-game series between AL West contenders. Last year’s World Series MVP has been sidelined with a sprained left thumb. Charlie Morton (12-3 Gleyber Torres Jersey
, 2.88 ERA) pitches for the banged-up Astros, who have a two-game lead in the division over the surprising Athletics. Edwin Jackson (4-2, 2.48) gets the ball for Oakland.ON PUNISHMENTUnless he appeals, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is scheduled to begin a two-game suspension when Los Angeles plays at Seattle in an interleague clash between playoff contenders. Puig also was fined Thursday by Major League Baseball for fighting and inciting a bench-clearing fracas against San Francisco. The penalties were announced two days after Puig took a swing at Giants catcher Nick Hundley, who also was fined. … MLB also suspended Marlins pitcher Jose Urena for six games and fined him an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with his first pitch Wednesday night. Unless appealed, Urena’s ban is slated to start Friday at Washington.FAMILY TIESSan Francisco turns to right-hander Casey Kelly to start in Cincinnati after placing standout rookie Dereck Rodriguez on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Kelly is the son of Reds bench coach Pat Kelly. Rodriguez, the son of Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, is 6-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 outings this season. The Giants have gone 9-3 in his starts. He was injured during the scrum between the Giants and Dodgers on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The team says he sustained a Grade 1 strain. Casey Kelly (0-1, 1.42 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings of relief Saturday against Pittsburgh in his first major league appearance since 2016, then took the loss Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.CENTRAL SHOWDOWNSYadier Molina and the Cardinals host Milwaukee in a matchup of NL Central contenders chasing the first-place Cubs. Rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty (6-6, 3.22 ERA) starts for St. Louis, which had its eight-game winning streak snapped Thursday night with a 5-4 loss to Washington. Flaherty struck out a career-high 13 in his last start against the Brewers on June 22. Freddy Peralta (5-3, 4.47) goes for Milwaukee. … Cole Hamels looks to keep it going when the Cubs face Pittsburgh. Hamels is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA since Chicago acquired him from Texas at the trade deadline. Trevor Williams (10-8, 3.66) starts for the Pirates.MARQUEE MOUND MATCHUPAfter setting a franchise record by scoring 24 runs Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader at Philadelphia Tyler Austin Jersey
, the Mets send Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 3.22 ERA) to the mound against Phillies ace Aaron Nola (13-3, 2.28). With the help of 11 unearned runs, New York became the first NL team since the 1933 New York Giants to score 15 runs in consecutive games. The Mets routed Baltimore 16-5 on Wednesday night. They also are the only team since 1900 to have a win and a loss by at least 20 runs in the same season. The Pittsburgh Pirates have had strong starting pitching quite a bit this season, a shutdown bullpen fairly often and a robust offense in stretches. They just haven’t gotten all three together on a consistent basis.So they will be trying to replicate the three good elements they got Monday when their series against the Cincinnati Reds continues Tuesday at PNC Park.In the series opener Monday, Pittsburgh (67-71) broke a two-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Reds. Article continues below ...The Pirates got 6 2/3 scoreless innings from starter Trevor Williams, a bullpen that gave up a run on Scooter Gennett’s homer but held on, and an offense that produced more than three runs for the first time in seven games.The win came on the heels of a 3-6 road trip that ended with two losses in three game at Atlanta.“It was a tough series in Atlanta. We needed to turn it around,” said Adam Frazier, who had his second career four-hit game, including a homer, and three RBIs for the Pirates.Cincinnati (59-79) fell 20 games below .500 after its two-game winning streak was halted.The Reds have lost nine of their past 12 and are narrowing their focus on young players. That includes Blake Trahan, who got his first major-league hit Monday.“We’ve seen Blake in spring training for a few years,” Reds manager Jim Riggleman said. “Really a high-energy young man. … He gets that hit. He gets that out of the way. It’s just going to be a great experience for him in September.”Trahan started at shortstop and had a two-out single in the seventh inning.“It’s definitely good to get that first one out of the way and be able to just relax and play baseball again Clint Frazier Jersey
,” Trahan said.In the middle game of the series, Cincinnati left-hander Cody Reed (0-1, 3.26 ERA) is scheduled to face Pittsburgh right-hander Joe Musgrove (5-8, 3.80).Reed, in his third time up with the Reds this season, will be making his second straight rotation start, and third overall this year, as one of the young players being groomed for the future.On Thursday, Reed did not get a decision after he gave up one run and three hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 2-1, 11-inning loss to Milwaukee.That was with a limited pitch count, something that won’t be in effect Tuesday.“He threw the ball well,” Riggleman said of Reed’s outing against the Brewers. “That’s a very tough lineup, and they are swinging the bat very well. He really did a nice job.“Next time, hopefully http://www.athleticsfanproshop.com/authentic-mark-mcgwire-jersey
, he pitches that way and then we can let him get out there (for) 90-100 (pitches) maybe.”This will be Reed’s fourth career appearance — and first start — against Pittsburgh. He is 0-0 with a save and a 3.38 ERA in the three games.Musgrove’s record has been affected by a lack of run support, similar to the Pirates’ rotation in general. He has lasted at least seven innings in five of his past eight starts and six of his past 10, has allowed 17 earned runs in 44 innings since the All-Star break, and has walked two batters in his past 30 innings.Musgrove, however, is coming off a shaky outing. He began well, throwing 21 strikes in a row, but ended up giving up five runs in six innings Thursday in a 5-0 loss at St. Louis.“I came out sharp, but I didn’t keep my foot on the gas. I didn’t keep going,” Musgrove said.In Musgrove’s only career start against Cincinnati, he gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings of an 8-6 loss on July 17.