LEADING OFF: Tigers' Fulmer tries to extend shutout streak


June 17, 2016 3:45PM (UTC)

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:

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ROOKIE ON A ROLL

Tigers newcomer Michael Fulmer takes a scoreless streak of 28 1/3 innings into his start at Kansas City. The 23-year-old righty is 7-1 in his first big league season and has won five straight starts, and six decisions in a row overall. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he has become the first pitcher since 1893, when the mound was moved to its current distance, to throw at least six shutout innings and permit no more than three hits in four straight starts in the same season.

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REMEMBRANCE

A crowd of around 40,000 is anticipated at Tropicana Field to watch the Tampa Bay Rays host San Francisco on Pride Night, which has been dedicated to the victims of last weekend's mass shooting in Orlando. The Rays put all open seats on sale Tuesday for $5 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Pulse Victims Fund. Seats normally covered in the upper deck will be used.

WELCOME

The Cubs are expected to call up big-time catching prospect Willson Contreras from the minors, and he could make his major league debut vs. the Pirates at Wrigley Field. The 24-year-old Contreras is hitting .350 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa.

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

Texas lefty Cole Hamels has won seven straight decisions going into this outing at St. Louis. Cardinals righty Michael Wacha is 0-6 in his last nine starts.

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TRY AGAIN

Mariners righty Hisashi Iwakuma is 0-1 with a 10.20 ERA in four career starts against Boston. He'll try again when Seattle visits Fenway Park.

TOUGH BREAK

Detroit right fielder J.D. Martinez will have a CT scan, a day after he broke his right elbow when he ran into the wall chasing a ball in Kansas City. The test should give the Tigers a better idea on how long Martinez, who throws right-handed, will be sidelined.

SAFE RETURN

The Reds figure speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton will come off the seven-day concussion disabled list before their game at Houston. He was hurt when he hit his head sliding into third base last week. Hamilton is 16 for 20 on steal tries this season.

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