LEADING OFF: Trout returns, Cubs try to start turnaround

A look at what’s happening all around the majors Friday:

BACK TO IT

Baseball is back, and so is Mike Trout. The two-time AL MVP is set to return to the Angels lineup after missing 39 games because of a torn ligament in his left thumb. Los Angeles opens the unofficial second half against Tampa Bay, which took three of four from Boston before the All-Star break to get within 3 1/2 games of the AL East lead. Jacob Faria (4-0, 2.11) has been among the best rookie pitchers this season, striking out 37 over his first 38 1/3 big league innings. Tampa Bay is 5-1 in games he’s started.

BEARING DOWN

The Cubs won’t get to show off new pitcher Jose Quintana just yet, but they are back in action against Baltimore and looking to get on track following a disappointing open to the season. Chicago hopes Quintana, acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade Thursday, can aid an aging rotation, but first it will turn to Mike Montgomery (1-6, 3.75) against the O’s. The Cubs are 43-45, well behind their 53-35 mark through 88 games last season, when they ended a 108-year World Series drought.

FIRST OF FOUR

The AL East-leading Red Sox are set to host the second-place Yankees for four games. Boston’s

Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/leading-off-trout-returns-cubs-try-to-start-turnaround-071317

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