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LEADING OFF: Callaway future, Guerrero surge, Springer out

Sun May 19 10:30pm ET
By The Associated Press

Players: Yu Darvish, David Price, Jake Arrieta, Jake Odorizzi, George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Philadelphia Phillies' Jake Arrieta pitches during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr., celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands in the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


Houston Astros' George Springer hits a two-run home run during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)


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

MANAGING EXPECTATIONS

Mets manager Mickey Callaway is on the hot seat as his slumping team returns home to play NL East rival Washington. New York (20-25) has lost five straight and was swept in three games at lowly Miami over the weekend, totaling only three hits in consecutive shutouts. The reeling Mets are 11-21 in their last 32 games. ''I understand that everybody is disappointed - the fans, the ownership, myself, the team - because this is not who we are,'' Callaway said.

VLAD AND VICTORIA

Big-hitting rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays host Boston in an afternoon game on Victoria Day. The 20-year-old Guerrero has homered four times in his last six games - he didn't homer in the first 13 games after making his debut in late April.

Red Sox lefty David Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) is scheduled to come off the injured list and start. He's been sidelined with elbow tendinitis since May 3.

ASTRO OUT

AL home run leader George Springer has stiffness in his lower back and won't play when the Astros open a series at home against the White Sox. The outfielder made an early exit Sunday at Fenway Park when he felt tightness. Springer, who has 17 home runs, will be re-evaluated in Houston.

REMEMBER ME?

An All-Star for the Cubs when they won the 2016 World Series, Jake Arrieta (4-4, 4.02 ERA) starts at Wrigley Field for the Philadelphia Phillies. Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.14) pitches for Chicago in the opener of a four-game series.

SEVENTH HEAVEN

Jake Odorizzi (6-2, 2.63 ERA) has won six straight starts for the AL Central-leading Twins, giving up a total of six earned runs during that span. Quite a reversal from his results early in the season, when he was wild and went 0-2 in his first three starts. Odorizzi will try to extend the streak when he pitches in Anaheim against the Angels.

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