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LEADING OFF: Kluber checked, Ohtani streak, Brewers-Cards

Sun Aug 18 8:32pm ET
By The Associated Press

Players: Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Lorenzo Cain, Corey Kluber, Yasmani Grandal, Gerrit Cole, Wade Miley, Tyler Skaggs, Cheslor Cuthbert, Trevor Bauer

Milwaukee Brewers' Lorenzo Cain, right, is grimaces as he is checked by a team trainer after fouling a ball off his leg while batting during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. Cain finished the at-bat and left the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds first after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)


Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) and catcher Tucker Barnhart talk during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Houston Astros starting pitcher Wade Miley throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


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

CHECK HIM

The Indians will see how ace Corey Kluber is feeling, a day after he was pulled from a Triple-A rehab start because of abdominal tightness.

The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner pitched one scoreless inning for Columbus before exiting as a precaution. The 33-year-old will be examined in Cleveland.

Kluber hasn't pitched in the majors since his right forearm was broken by a line drive on May 1.

BRUISED BREWERS

The Brewers are hoping to have outfielder Lorenzo Cain and catcher Yasmani Grandal back in the lineup for the series opener at St. Louis in a matchup of NL Central contenders.

Cain injured his oblique on Friday night at Washington and didn't play the rest of the weekend. Grandal didn't start Sunday after manager Craig Counsell said the two-time All-Star lost an excessive amount of weight a day earlier in a 5-hour, 40-minute game.

ASCENDING ASTRO

Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and newcomer Zack Greinke get most of the attention in a potent rotation for the AL West-leading Astros. But lefty Wade Miley (11-4, 3.11 ERA) has put together an outstanding season for Houston, and looks to win his sixth straight decision over 11 starts when Detroit visits Minute Maid Park.

BETTER BAUER?

Reds righty Trevor Bauer (10-9, 4.12 ERA) starts at home against San Diego. He's hoping to bounce back from his last outing, when he was tagged for a career-high nine runs in 4 1/3 innings at Washington.

Bauer is 1-1 in three starts since being traded from Cleveland to Cincinnati. In his last start for the Indians, he threw a ball from just behind the mound over the center field wall in Kansas City after getting pulled.

STREAKING

Shohei Ohtani has a career-best nine-game hitting streak for the Angels. He homered Sunday in a 9-2 win over the White Sox.

The AL Rookie of the Year last season as a two-way player is hitting .299 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs. Ohtani, who isn't pitching this year while recovering from Tommy John surgery, next plays at Texas.

This will be the Angels' first trip back to Globe Life Park since pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room before the start of a series in early July. The teams played three games after the opener was postponed.

SKIDDING

Cheslor Cuthbert has gone 0 for 4 in seven straight games, matching Kansas City's team record for futility set by Chad Kreuter. Cuthbert is hitless in 30 at-bats since Aug. 8 going into this week's series at Baltimore.

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