A look at what’s happening Saturday afternoon around the majors:



Jaren Duran and the Red Sox will try to shake off what happened at Fenway Park, where Toronto went wild, including a grand slam in the park, thanks to Duran’s misplay and carelessness.

The Blue Jays set a franchise record for runs at 28-5, and Raimel Tapia’s infield hit produced four of the most unusual.

In the third inning, Tapio singled to center, and Duran took a couple of steps back, then a couple of steps inside, before throwing up his hands in confusion. The fans groaned as the ball landed on the warning track behind him.

Duran slowly made his way toward the ball while left fielder Alex Verdugo ran up, slid in to scoop it up and fired toward the infield. The relay wasn’t close to catching Tapia, who sped up when he realized Duran had lost the ball.

Duran, 25, is 3-for-35 in his second major league season, including Friday’s game-ending strikeout.



Justin Verlander is making his fifth start of the season against Seattle and is looking for his 13th major league victory.

Houston’s 39-year-old ace dominated his comeback from Tommy John surgery, going 12-3 with a 1.89 ERA. He was selected to his ninth All-Star team, but did not perform Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Verlander has won four straight starts, allowing just two earned runs in 27 innings. He is 3-1 against the Mariners this year, bringing that game to Seattle.

Right-hander Logan Gilbert (10-3, 2.76) will start for the Mariners.


The Mets, who lead the Netherlands East, added a much-needed bat at the plate, acquiring former All-Star Daniel Vogelbach from Pittsburgh in exchange for rookie Colin Holderman.

Majny Vogelbach is a left-handed hitter who batted .228 with 12 home runs, 34 RBI and a .769 OPS in 75 games with the rebuilding Pirates.

New York got little production at DH from JD Davis and the injured Dominic Smith. At the time of the trade, Davis, a right-handed hitter, was batting .234 with three homers, 19 RBIs and a .670 OPS in 62 games. A lefty, Smith batted .194 with no homers, 17 RBIs and a .560 OPS in 58 games.


Holderman, 26, is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 appearances spanning 17 2/3 innings.


Hoping to make a second-half push, the White Sox will be without center fielder Luis Robert after placing him on the 10-day injured list because of blurred vision.

General manager Rick Hahn said the team is “cautiously optimistic” that the shortstop and Gold Glove winner will be ready to return when the White Sox open a three-game series against Oakland on July 29.

Robert left Chicago’s win over division-leading Minnesota on July 15 in the second inning because of vertigo. Khan said he had trouble seeing from afar and jumping on swords. Robert then missed the final two games before the All-Star break.

Robert is batting .301 with 12 homers and 54 RBI in 74 games.

Robert missed time in May due to COVID-19. But Khan said he “would not like to speculate” whether the symptoms were related to his battle with the coronavirus.



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