What’s happening around the majors today: SHUTOUT STREAK:
Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg tries to extend his franchise record of 34 straight scoreless innings when he starts at night against the Dodgers. Strasburg is 13-4 going into this matchup of NL division leaders vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu. CENTER OF ATTENTION:
Jason Kipnis is expected to return from the disabled list for Cleveland and pick up a new position: center field. Kipnis last played the outfield as a minor leaguer in 2009, but an injury to rookie Bradley Zimmer has created a hole in center that the two-time All-Star second baseman is set to fill. “I’m pretty sure I’ve got it in me,” Kipnis said. He is scheduled to play at least five innings in center against Kansas City.
RIGHT PRICE: Red Sox lefty David Price could make a relief appearance when the AL East leaders wrap up their series at Tropicana Field. He hasn’t pitched since July 22 because of elbow inflammation. Manager John Farrell recently said Price would work out of the bullpen. Price’s last relief appearance was in the 2015 AL playoffs with Toronto.