A look at what’s happening around Baseball Saturday:
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (6-1, 3.14 ERA) faces his former team when New York hosts the Houston Astros in the third game of a four-game series between the top two teams in the American League.
Cole started 35-10 with a 2.68 ERA in 65 for Houston from 2018-19 before signing on a $324 million nine-year contract with New York. He made two All-Star teams with the Astros and helped them reach the World Series in 2019, when he led the majors with 326 strikeouts and finished second in the AL Cy Young Award balloting. He has faced Houston twice since leaving, including a three-hit shutout on the road last season.
The right-hander made a no-hit bid in the eighth inning at Tampa Bay on Monday night, before a leadoff single from Isaac Parades. He scored 12 runs and scored three runs.
Cristian Xavier (4-3, 3.07) pitches for Houston.
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Royals catcher Salvador Perez had surgery on his left thumb on Friday and needs eight weeks to recover.
Perez, 32, lost nine games earlier this season with a left thumb sprain, then skipped Tuesday’s win over the Los Angeles Angels with a similar issue. The operation repaired the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb.
A seven-time All-Star, Perez is hitting a career-worst .211 with 11 home runs in a year after leading the majors with 48 homers and 121 RBIs.
Max Fried (7-2, 2.77 ERA) starts for the World Series champion Atlanta Braves in another rematch of the last two NL Championship Series against Tree Turner, Freddie Freeman and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fried, who went to high school in Los Angeles, made four 0-2 starts in four playoffs as well as four 2018 postseason relief appearances against the Dodgers.
Mitch White (1-1, 3.86) is on the mound for Los Angeles.
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays will remain in Milwaukee for the second day without colliding with coach Guillermo Martinez.
Martinez was suspended for five matches on Friday and fined by Major League Baseball for a confrontation with umpire Doug Eddings. The coach was disciplined by MLB Senior Vice President Michael Hill for making contact with Eddings and what MLB termed as unplayable conduct during an exchange of lineup cards prior to Wednesday’s game at the Chicago White Sox.
Martinez, 37, began serving a suspension when the Blue Jays played the Brewers on Friday night.
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Mets right-hander Max Scherzer will not pitch for New York this weekend, although he could be out of the injury list on Sunday earlier this week.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined since May 19 due to an oblique strain. Scherzer, 37, who signed a three-year, $130 million free agent deal with the Mets in the off-season, was 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts before moving to IL.
Scherzer made his rehab debut at Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, throwing 65 pitches in 3 1/3 innings. He conceded two runs, three hits, one run and six.
There was speculation that his next debut could be with a major league team on Sunday, but he is likely to leave for another minor league outing.
“He can still pitch for anyone on Sunday, but it won’t be us,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ll see how the next day or two feels to decide what happens next.”
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