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A look at what’s happening around baseball today:Nationals ace Max Scherzer (15-5 http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-dave-hollins-jersey , 2.28 ERA) will try to become the first 16-game winner in the majors when he starts the Sunday night game at Wrigley Field. Owner of three Cy Young Awards, he also leads the majors in strikeouts this year with 216 in 161 2/3 innings. Cole Hamels starts for the Cubs — he’s allowed just one earned run in 11 innings during the first two starts since being acquired from Texas.SALE SETRed Sox ace Chris Sale returns from a two-week stint on the disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. Manager Alex Cora said the lefty could throw 100 pitches if he’s not too rusty. Sale (11-4) leads the AL with a 2.04 ERA and will try to pitch Boston to a four-game sweep of the Orioles at Camden Yards.WELCOME BACKMets third baseman David Wright is set to play in a minor league game, more than two years since the oft-injured team captain last appeared in the majors. The 35-year-old Wright has been beset by back John Kruk Jersey , neck and shoulder trouble. He’s scheduled to start a rehab assignment by playing five innings in the field for Class A St. Lucie. His last game in the bigs was May 27, 2016 — he had a brief stint in the minors last August before being shut down.WAITINGThe Rockies will see how third baseman Nolan Arenado is feeling, a day after he was out of the starting lineup at Coors Field against the Dodgers. The All-Star third baseman left Friday night’s game with a strained right shoulder. Arenado is hitting .307 with 29 home runs and 82 RBIs http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-greg-luzinski-jersey , and Colorado is hoping he can avoid a trip to the disabled list.MISS HIMThe AL Central-leading Indians have put slugger Edwin Encarnacion on the DL because of swelling in his left biceps. The cleanup man has struggled since being hit on the right hand by Yankees reliever Chad Green before the All-Star break.SWEET SWINGBlue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has hit four home runs in the last four games for Triple-A Buffalo. The 19-year-old son of a Hall of Famer is batting a combined .406 with 18 home runs at four levels of the minor leagues. The Bisons host the Toledo Mud Hens to wrap up the weekend. The Cincinnati Reds won't have the opportunity to hire Joe Girardi as their next manager.Per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, Girardi will keep his current job as an MLB Network analyst after withdrawing from consideration to be the Reds' skipper.Rosenthal added that David Bell, San Francisco Giants vice president of player development Mike Schmidt Jersey , is now considered the favorite to be hired as Cincinnati's manager.Bobby Nightengale and John Fayof theCincinnati Enquirerreported Wednesday that Girardi, Bell and Brad Ausmus were going to go through a second round of interviews with the Reds.Girardi has been working as an MLB Network analyst throughout the 2018 season. The New York Yankees decided not to renew his managerial contract after leading the team to the American League Championship Series last year.In 11 seasons as an MLB manager with the Yankees and Florida Marlins, Girardi has a 988-794 career record with one World Series title (2009) and was named the 2006 National League Manager of the Year.Bell played four seasons with the Reds from 1985-88. He has previous managerial experience with the Detroit Tigers (1996-98) Mitch Williams Jersey , Colorado Rockies (2000-02) and Kansas City Royals (2005-07). The 67-year-old has a 519-724 career record. He's been working in the Giants front office since October 2017.Ausmus managed the Tigers for four seasons from 2014-17, leading them to an American League Central title in his first year. The team opted not to extend his initial four-year contract after going 64-98 in 2017.The Reds fired Bryan Price last April after getting off to a 3-15 start. Jim Riggleman took over as interim manager and went 64-80 to finish the season.Cincinnati hasn't made the postseason since 2013 and has lost at least 94 games in each of the past four seasons.

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