09/21 22:00 CDT LEADING OFF: Victor Martinez wraps up, Wainwright starts
LEADING OFF: Victor Martinez wraps up, Wainwright starts
By The Associated Press
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday:
Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez plans to play the final game of his
16-season career when the Tigers host Kansas City. The five-time All-Star
announced he will sit out Sunday's series finale, then accompany the team on
its final road trip without playing.
"I feel like I owe it to the fans to have my final at-bats here," said
Martinez, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park.
HE'S ALL WRIGHT
Adam Wainwright makes his first start for St. Louis since pitching six shutout
innings to beat the Dodgers last weekend. The 37-year-old righty has missed
most of the season because of elbow trouble. The longtime ace (2-3, 3.72 ERA)
is making a bid to re-establish himself in the rotation as the Cardinals push
for a playoff spot. Wainwright will be facing the Giants at Busch Stadium.
Aaron Judge and the Yankees can clinch their second straight AL wild-card slot
if they beat Baltimore and if Tampa Bay loses to Toronto. New York also is
trying to stay ahead of the Athletics to host that one-game playoff on Oct. 3.
WINDY CITY WEEKEND
Jon Lester (16-6, 3.43 ERA) will start for the NL Central-leading Cubs when
they travel across Chicago to visit the White Sox. Lester is 3-1 with a 2.08
ERA in his last five starts. Lucas Giolito (10-11, 5.77 ERA) is set to pitch
for the Chisox.