LEADING OFF: Means back after no-no, Voit returns to Yanks

A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:


Orioles ace John Means got five days of rest following his no-hitter last week against Seattle, and now he'll try to match Johnny Vander Meer's record with a second straight no-no against the streaking Mets, who have won five in a row for the first time since August 2019. Vander Meer is the only pitcher in major league history with consecutive no-hitters, accomplished in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.

New York Yankees outfielder Jay Bruce, third from left, waves from the dugout as injured first baseman Luke Voit, left, applauds, while outfielder Brett Gardner rests on the railing as the Yankees announced Bruce's retirement from baseball during the seventh inning of the Yankees loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game, Sunday, April 18, 2021, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP PhotoKathy Willens)

Means (4-0, 1.37 ERA) was a wild pitch away from a perfect game against the Mariners — Sam Haggerty raced safely to first base after he struck out swinging on a third-inning curveball in the dirt.

Marcus Stroman (3-3, 2.12) hopes to anchor New York's rotation until Jacob deGrom returns. The two-time Cy Young Award winner will be placed on the injured list before the game after exiting a start Sunday with right side soreness. The Mets said an MRI of deGrom's side taken Sunday night was “clear of any issues.”


Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP PhotoCharlie Riedel)

Luke Voit, last year's big league home run leader, is expected to make his season debut for the Yankees as they open a series at rival Tampa Bay.

The first baseman had left knee surgery on March 29 but looked sharp during his minor league rehab assignment, going 7 for 18 with three home runs for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Voit slugged 22 homers during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and led the team with 52 RBIs.

The Rays have won 18 of 23 against New York, including five of six this season — they most recently swept a three-game set at Yankee Stadium in mid-April. New York has gone 13-6 since to end an early funk. Giancarlo Stanton has led the way, hitting .377 with six homers in that span.

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, left, is greeted by Javier Baez (9) after scoring against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of the first baseball game of a doubleheader Tuesday, May, 4, 2021, in Chicago. (AP PhotoDavid Banks)

Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 4.41 ERA) is expected to star the opener against Rays lefty Ryan Yarbrough (2-3, 4.58).


It’s a rematch of the 2016 World Series when the Chicago Cubs visit Cleveland, where they won Game 7 five years ago 8-7 in 10 innings to finally bust a title drought that dated all the way back to 1908.

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means, right, celebrates with catcher Pedro Severino after Means threw a no-hitter baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Seattle. The Orioles won 6-0. (AP PhotoTed S. Warren)

AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (3-2, 2.98 ERA) starts for the Indians against rookie Adbert Alzolay (1-2, 4.50). Bieber has struck out at least eight batters in 19 straight games, a major league record. Cleveland has won 10 of 13 overall.

Several key members of that 2016 championship core for Chicago, including Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez, can become free agents this fall and could be playing their final seasons with the Cubs.


Boston Red Sox's Hunter Renfroe, left, celebrates his home run with Bobby Dalbec (29) during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Sunday, May 9, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP PhotoNick Wass)

Boston hosts Oakland in the opener of a series between American League division leaders at Fenway Park. Athletics right-hander Chris Bassitt (2-2, 3.70 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA over his last five outings. Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 4.62) pitches for the surprising Red Sox.


Two-time All-Star infielder Todd Frazier was designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, potentially the end of his 11-year big league career. The 35-year-old was hitting .086 in 13 games with no homers and four RBIs.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP PhotoGail Burton)

The Pirates signed Frazier to a minor league contract after he spent last season with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets. The 11-year veteran has a .241 career batting average with 218 home runs. He made both his All-Star teams with the Reds and won the 2015 Home Run Derby in Cincinnati.

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