Jul 10, 2015 12:42 AM
LEADING OFF: Cole for 13th W; Cubs-White Sox; Red Sox-Yanks
The Associated Press
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:
Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole (12-3) makes his final start before heading to his first All-Star Game, where he could be named the NL starter. Cole is 7-1 with a 2.19 ERA in his last nine starts. He faces Lance Lynn (6-4) and the Cardinals.
SOUTH SIDE-NORTH SIDE
The Cubs and White Sox close out the first half with a Chicago rivalry series at Wrigley Field. White Sox rookie lefty Carlos Rodon (3-2) starts the opener against Cubs righty Kyle Hendricks (4-4). Rodon is limiting left-handed batters to a .209 average with no homers and 24 strikeouts.
ON A ROLL
Oakland's Kendall Graveman (6-4) is 5-2 with a 1.78 ERA in nine starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on May 23. He faces Cleveland and Danny Salazar (7-4).
READY FOR REBOUND
Clay Buchholz gave up 10 runs nine earned in his lone start this season against the Yankees on April 12, and Boston quickly fell into last place in the AL East. Well, the right-hander had been terrific over his last 10 starts and the Red Sox have finally turned things around, winning eight of 10 and a season-high four in a row, moving 5 1/2 games back of division-leading New York. Alex Rodriguez is batting .474 with a homer and nine RBIs against Buchholz.