A look at what’s happening around the majors on Tuesday:
TIME FOR A SALE
Red Sox lefty Chris Sale is set to make his season debut when he starts against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.
Sale has been out with a fracture in his right rib cage. He’s made four minor league rehab starts, allowing three earned runs in 11 1/3 innings and striking out 19.
The 33-year-old Sale is a seven-time All-Star and could be a big key to Boston’s push for a playoff spot.
All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers also is likely to return for the Red Sox after missing three starts because of back discomfort. He’s hitting .327 with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs.
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (4-5, 3.62 ERA) starts for the Rays.
The Philadelphia Phillies will be without J.T. Realmuto, Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson during a two-game series in Toronto due to Canadian restrictions on unvaccinated travelers.
Nola started on the mound Monday night at St. Louis and was not scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays. Bohm, an infielder, came out of Monday’s game with an apparent hand injury.
President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters before the game that the four players will be placed on the restricted list and forfeit two days of pay and major league service time in accordance with the terms of MLB’s collective bargaining agreement.
Several teams have put players on the restricted list this year before trips to Toronto.
New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso will try to become the first player to win the All-Star Home Run Derby three straight times, and his competition is likely to be announced in the coming days.
Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. and Cardinals great Albert Pujols also confirmed Monday…