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Giants manager Gabe Kapler says he can return to the field for the national anthem in recognition of Memorial Day when his team opens the three-match series in Philadelphia.
Kapler has been off the field for the past few days during the national anthem as a political protest following the school shootings in Texas.
“I’m very comfortable taking it day in and day out,” he said on Sunday. “I guess I’ll just decide what makes the most sense at the moment.”
Logan Webb (5-1, 3.54 ERA) starts for San Francisco in a matchup of scramble teams with playoff aspirations against Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.94).
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is leading the injured list after leaving Sunday’s game against the Cubs with a right groin strain.
Anderson walked down the outfield after fielding PJ Higgins’ fifth inning field and throwing for the first out. He appeared to favor his right side as he was helped off the field. They will be further evaluated on Monday, the team said.
“It’s definitely a groin issue. The severity will depend on further investigation, but that’s definitely going to be on IL,” manager Tony La Russa said. “He made that spin, not really sure if his spike got stuck or something. It’s normal, he makes a great play on the IL when we need it.”
It’s another tough break for the struggling White Sox, who have been hit hard by injuries this year. Anderson ranks among the league leaders with a batting average of .356.
Cardinals star Paul Goldschmidt took a 20-game hitting streak in the first match of the series against San Diego at Busch Stadium.
Goldschmidt extended his streak with a ninth-inning singles Sunday in an 8-0 loss to Milwaukee. He has reached a career-best 34 straight games on safe grounds.
Lefty Packie Naughton (0-1, 2.89 ERA) starts against Padres right Nick Martinez (2-2, 3.86) for St.
Two pitchers who have taken different paths to the big leagues are set to make their debuts when they face each other at Wrigley Field.
Rewarded Brewers pitching prospect Ethan Smalls is expected to start the first game against the Cubs in a day-night doubleheader.
The 25-year-old lefty, a first-round draft pick from Mississippi State in 2019, has excelled at Triple-A Nashville this season. He scored 49 runs in 38 1/3 innings from 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in eight starts.
“When a man gets the opportunity he’s earned, you love it,” said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsel. “He’s definitely earned it.”
Matt Swarmer is lined up to start the opener for the Cubs. The 28-year-old Wright was a 19th-round pick from Kutztown in the 2016 draft.
Swarmer is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA for Chicago’s Triple-A Iowa affiliates.
Pete Alonso and the New York Mets have created a comfortable cushion at the NL East by Memorial Day—the biggest of any division leader. But they still have some time to go before Jacob deGrom and Max Schaezer get injured. That means third-year left David Peterson, locked up and down from the minors this season, has a steady spot in the rotation for now.
“He graduates that way. He knows there’s an opportunity here for him now. He’s trying to run through the door with it,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He now has some frequent reps as a starter. got a chance to get it. … it will be interesting to see how he handles every fifth day now.”
Pietersen, a first-round draft pick in 2017, is 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA in four major league starts and a respite appearance this year. They face Juan Soto and the first-place Nationals of the three-match series at Citi Field.
Pietersen won his first major league debut in three weeks in San Francisco last week with six solid innings. He is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in three career outings against Washington, which sends Eric Fedde (3-3, 3.55) to the mound.
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