LEADING OFF: Big Papi takes center stage in induction hall

A look at what’s happening around majors today:

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David Ortiz is sure to hear loud chants like “Big Papa!” He was inducted into the Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York.

Ortiz racked up 541 home runs in 20 major league seasons and helped the Boston Red Sox win three world championships.

Ortiz will be joined on stage by three-time batting champion Tony Oliva and 283-match winner Jim Cat.

They also got their due on Induction Day: Dodgers great Jill Hodges, who led the New York Mets to their first World Championship title in 1969; Mini Minoso, star with the Chicago White Sox in the 1950s; Buck O’Neill, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues and was a frequent defender of the game; and Bud Fowler, a leading black player who grew up in Cooperstown in the 1860s and played in more than a dozen leagues.

All Star Sandy

Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara makes his first run since an impressive showing at the All-Star Game.

The 26-year-old right-winger takes on the pirates at PNC Park. He is 9-4 and 1.76 ERA second in the majors after Shane McClanahan of Tampa Bay at 1.71.

On Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium, Alcantara provided the perfect second half. He’s outdone Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Paxton – in their next showdown against Tony Gonsulin, they hit back-to-back hits at home which saw the AL win a 3-2 win.

Back to business

Clayton Kershaw faces a familiar opponent as he starts against the Giants at Dodger Stadium.

Longtime Los Angeles ace is 24-15 with a 1.91 ERA versus San Francisco in 53 games, 51 of them started – this is the team he’s seen the most in his career.

Kershaw (7-2, 2.13) started the All-Star Game last Tuesday in his garden. He attracted a lot of attention and gave a live TV interview just moments before throwing his first move. Kershaw ditched Shohei Ohtani’s top-notch single, then picked it up from first base, hitting Aaron Judge as he worked a goalless first half.

new muscle

Daniel Vogelbach’s personalities will make their Mets debut when they face off against National Eastern All-Star League leaders Joe Musgrove (8-2, 2.42 ERA) and San Diego Padres in prime time at Citi Field.

Chubby Vogelbach, a left-handed hitter with 12 home runs, was acquired on Friday from Pittsburgh to provide much-needed pop to the designated hitter. Bullish diluter Colin Holdman has traded with the hacker.

New York won 6-2 in the first two games of the series and their lead fell to half a game over world champions Atlanta. The declining Mets, who had a 10 1/2 game on June 1, lost three straight games for the second time this year. They have only succeeded in 10 games in their last five matches.

Carlos Carrasco (10-4, 4.27) tries to help New York prevent a three-game sweep.

say what?

Yankees left-handed Nestor Cortes made a fun commentary on his show during the All-Star Game when he was on a mic with catcher Jose Trevino and Fox announcers while on the hill.

Curtis and Trevino, his Yankees teammate, talked about the upcoming pitches, working around walking and hitting the bat in the sixth inning goalless.

Known for his tricky moves, Curtis (7-3, 2.63 ERA) won’t reveal any secrets when he starts against Baltimore at Camden Yards.

worth watching

This weekend’s Guardians-White Sox series finale in Chicago features an interesting match between tough right-handers.

Dylan Cease (9-4, 2.15 ERA) is in the middle of the White Sox’s breakout season, going 5-1 with 0.65 ERA in his past seven starts. He worked seven innings off one ball in an 11-0 win over Minnesota on his last outing before the All-Star break.

Shane Pepper (4-5, 3.24 ERA) gets the ball for Cleveland. The 2020 AL Cy Young award winner threw a triple hitter in a 4-1 win over the White Sox on his final start on July 12.

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