A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
A rough year for Joey Votto and the Reds got worse when the slumping first baseman was put on the COVID-19 injured list before Tuesday night’s loss at Milwaukee.
Cincinnati has dropped seven straight and owns the worst record in the majors at 3-20.
The six-time All-Star is hitting just .122 with no home runs and three RBIs, and had played in all 22 Cincinnati games this season. He has struck out 29 times in 74 at-bats.
Manager David Bell said Votto hadn’t tested positive for the virus, but had shown symptoms. The 38-year-old Votto tested positive for COVID-19 in March 2021.
On Monday, Votto linked to a blog post on Fangraphs.com that carried this headline: “Is This the End for Joey Votto?” On his Twitter account, he posted: “Five months to go. Enjoy the show.”
He didn’t offer any explanation about his tweet.
LOOKING FOR A DOZEN
Aaron Judge and the homer-happy New York Yankees try for their 12th consecutive victory and a three-game sweep at AL East rival Toronto.
New York (18-6) tops the majors with 34 home runs this season, including 23 in the past 11 games. Judge and teammate Anthony Rizzo are tied for the big league lead with nine.
Judge also has 13 RBIs in his last five games.
The Yankees won 13 straight games in August last year.
WINDY CITY WATCHING
The second game of the season between the White Sox and Cubs features a pair of accomplished right-handers in Lucas Giolito and Kyle Hendricks at Wrigley Field. But both have struggled against their crosstown rivals.
Giolito pitched six innings of three-run ball for the White Sox in a 5-1 loss to the Angels on Friday. He is 1-3 with an 8.71 ERA in four career starts against the North Siders.
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