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LEADING OFF: Final day of funky uniforms, Yankees-Dodgers

Sun Aug 25 12:25am ET
By The Associated Press

Players: Joey Votto, Cole Hamels, Francisco Cervelli, Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, Steven Matz, Dallas Keuchel, Robbie Ray, Matthew Boyd, Edwin Diaz

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz, center, talks to manager Mickey Callaway, left, before leaving the baseball game during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Atlanta Braves' Francisco Cervelli hits an RBI double during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Max Muncy, right, throws to first after forcing out New York Yankees Gleyber Torres during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. Gio Urshela was safe at first. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:


A marquee matchup is set at Dodger Stadium when major league wins leader Domingo German (16-3, 4.15 ERA) starts for the Yankees against Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw (13-2, 2.71).

It's the last game of the day, meaning the final time we'll see those, um, unusual uniforms big leaguers have been wearing during Players' Weekend. The all-white and all-black, monochromatic outfits have been widely panned by fashionistas - not to mention that it's hard to read the numbers and nicknames on the jerseys.

''What's the slogan, `Let the kids play'?'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. ''Let the grown-ups look like morons.''

Said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts: ''It's not our proudest moment rockin' these all-white milkmen jerseys.''

Added Yankees manager Aaron Boone: ''When I put the uniform on I felt a little silly.''


Francisco Cervelli and the NL East-leading Braves try for a three-game sweep at Citi Field and their eighth straight win.

Cervelli was an instant hit in his Atlanta debut with two doubles, a single and three RBIs during a 9-5 victory over the Mets on Saturday night. Released this week after batting .193 for Pittsburgh, the 33-year-old catcher joined the Braves before the game.

Atlanta lefty Dallas Keuchel (4-5, 4.14 ERA) starts the series finale against left-hander Steven Matz (8-7, 4.18).


Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals go for a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field and their fifth straight win overall.

Strasburg (15-5, 3.65 ERA) looks to become the first 16-game winner in the National League when he faces Cubs lefty Cole Hamels (7-4, 3.73).

Washington has won six of seven to extend its lead over Chicago for the top NL wild-card spot to three games. The Nationals have scored a total of 97 runs in their last nine games.


The Mets will see how closer Edwin Diaz is feeling, a day after he was forced to make an early exit. Diaz felt a little uncomfortable in the neck area warming up and it tightened up when he was pitching to Atlanta.

Diaz isn't sure if the discomfort will keep him out for any time and called it nothing serious. He'll see what the trainers say when he gets to the ballpark.


Reds star Joey Votto will not be activated from the injured list, even though he's eligible. He's been out with a strain in his lower back. Manager David Bell said the first baseman is progressing well, but isn't ready to return yet.


Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray (10-7, 3.99 ERA) is set to come off the injured list and start at Milwaukee. He's been out with lower back spasms. ... Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd (6-9, 4.24) comes back from the paternity list to pitch at Minnesota. He is 0-3 in his last eight starts.

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