LEADING OFF: Sale tries to turn corner, Harper gets heated


A look at what’s happening around the majors today:


After rain postponed his scheduled start Monday, Boston’s Chris Sale gets the ball for Game One of a doubleheader against Detroit. Sale (0-4, 8.50) has concerned Red Sox fans with lousy results and subpar stuff this season, though his velocity ticked up in a loss to the Yankees last week. Boston is coming off a three-game sweep over the AL East-leading Rays, which pushed the reigning World Series champs to 9-13.


Bryce Harper is expected back in the Phillies lineup a night after bolting from the bench to angrily confront the plate umpire after being ejected against the Mets. Harper, miffed by a couple strike calls earlier from Mark Carlson, got tossed from the dugout with teammate César Hernández at-bat. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler quickly came out to argue, then Harper followed in a much bigger hurry. Harper yelled and pointed at Carlson over and over from close range, with Kapler repeatedly pushing away his star player from the ump.

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The Pirates await word on reliever Nick Burdi a day after the 26-year-old left the mound in tears with a right arm injury. Burdi, formerly a touted prospect with the Twins, made the Pirates this spring two seasons removed from Tommy John surgery and had 17 strikeouts over 8 1/3 innings before Monday. Burdi shrugged his right arm after releasing a 96 mph fastball, crumpled to the ground and sobbed while teammates tried to console him during a 12-4 loss to Arizona.


Veteran left-hander Gio González is back on the market after opting out of his minor league deal with the Yankees on Monday to become a free agent. González was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after signing a minor league deal with an April opt-out. New York decided not to call him up despite a number of injuries, instead relying on youngsters like Domingo Germán and Jonathan Loaisiga — the former will start Tuesday against the Angels, and the latter was recalled from Triple-A.


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