A look at what’s happening around the majors on Sunday:
ON THE CLOCK
The Baltimore Orioles have the first pick in the amateur draft for the second time in four years — and they’ll be looking for someone who can join 2019 top pick Adley Rutschman in the core of their next contender.
Many consider the best player available to be Georgia high school outfielder Druw Jones — son of former Braves star Andruw Jones. Several other players have big league family connections, including Jackson Holliday (son of Matt), Justin Crawford (son of Carl) and Cam Collier (son of Lou). Right-hander and former Vanderbilt star Kumar Rocker is also back in this year’s class after failing to reach an agreement as the Mets’ first-round pick last summer.
Rounds 1 and 2 are set for Sunday night, with 3-10 on Monday and 11-20 on Tuesday.
The Mariners have won 13 in a row, two shy of matching the team record set in 2001 when Ichiro Suzuki, Edgar Martinez and Bret Boone led Seattle to 116 wins and its last playoff appearance.
J.P. Crawford hit an RBI single in the 10th inning as the Mariners beat Texas 3-2 on Saturday. Carlos Santana homered to help Seattle (50-42) win for the 21st time in 24 games.
The reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves hold the longest winning streak this season, taking 14 in a row last month.
Mariners right-hander Chris Flexen (6-8, 3.84 ERA), who is 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA in five career starts against Texas, opposes rookie righty Glenn Otto (4-5, 5.50) has given up no more than two runs in eight of his 12 starts overall.
It’s the final day of play before the All-Star break, with the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers holding big division leads and the Mets, Brewers and Twins on top in closer races.