LEADING OFF: Scherzer returns, Red Sox protest, Gallo out


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


Nationals ace Max Scherzer is set to start against Colorado after recovering from inflammation under his right shoulder. The 34-year-old right-hander threw a bullpen Monday and felt ready to go.

An All-Star for the seventh straight season, Scherzer is 9-5 with a 2.30 ERA but has not pitched since July 6. He was 7-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his last seven starts.


Perhaps there might be a ruling from Major League Baseball on Boston’s protest during a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday.

There was plenty of confusion, plus a delay of about 15 minutes in the eighth inning at Tropicana Field after a series of defensive changes by the Rays.

Reliever Adam Kolarek moved to first base for a batter and Red Sox manager Alex Cora discussed the placement of subs in the batting order with plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

“The pitcher moved to a position and we felt there were some illegal substitutions,” Cora said. “It was a mess, and I wasn’t even able to keep up with Angel. So we protested the game, and we’ll see where it goes.”


Texas slugger Joey Gallo has been sent home to see a hand specialist after leaving Tuesday’s game with a sore right wrist that’s bothered him for a while. X-rays were negative, and Rangers manager Chris Woodward said an MRI was inconclusive.

Woodward said he thinks a stint on the injured list is likely. Gallo is hitting a career-best .253 with 22 homers and a .986 OPS this season.


Aaron Judge and the Yankees visit Fenway Park for the first time this year to open a four-game series. Boston has made two trips to Yankee Stadium this season and the longtime rivals also played in London.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-5, 4.00 ERA) starts for AL East-leading New York against Rick Porcello (8-7, 5.61).


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Injured Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer jokes with Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson from the dugout during a baseball game Friday, July 19, 2019, in Atlanta. The three-time Cy Young Award winner, will not come off the 10-day injured list to start for Washington against Atlanta this weekend. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)