Leading: Outstanding, Xavier and Astro Ace on the Ohtani Mound

Leading: Outstanding, Xavier and Astro Ace on the Ohtani Mound

A look at what’s happening around the Major on Wednesday:


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Angels Two-Way star Shohei Ohtani takes an un-scoring streak of 21 2/3 innings on the mound when he starts in Miami.

Ohtani (7-4, 2.63 ERA) has won four straight starts, allowing just one run in that period. He has scored 101 runs in 74 innings this year.

The current AL MVP will pitch the day after his 28th birthday. This would be his first career pitching performance against the Marlins.

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Houston right-hander Christian Javier is making two incredibly impressive starts going into the game against the Royals at Minute Maid Park.

In his last outing, he scored a career-high 14 while catching the Angels on one hit in seven innings. Not long ago, he scored 13 runs in seven innings and combined in a no-hitter with the Astros bullpen at Yankee Stadium.

ESPN Stats & Info stated that the total of 27 strikes is the most in a two-game period by a pitcher who allowed just one hit in the modern era (since 1900).

In that period Xavier played only one batsman. The 25-year-old has made three straight starts overall for the AL West leaders.


The top pitching prospect in Boston’s system, Brian Bello, is set to make his major league debut as he faces Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.

Wright, 23, has a fastball in his upper 90s. He is a combined 10-4 with a 2.33 ERA in Triple-A and Double-A this season.

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (3-5, 3.91 ERA) starts for the Rays.

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The pitcher will be briefly minus Chris Archer from AL Central-leading twins Chris Archer after he was put on a 15-day injured list due to a stiffness in his left hip.

Minnesota made the move before Archer’s debut against the White Sox. It was retroactive to Saturday.

The 33-year-old Archer joined the Twins in the off-season and has done well, leading 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA in 15 starts. He played only six games during the last two seasons due to injuries.

The Twins are hoping Archer will be able to rejoin the club ahead of the All-Star Game later this month.


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