Brewers' Casey McGehee up to nine hits in nine at-bats

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Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee followed up a double in his final at-bat Tuesday with 4-for-4 days on both Wednesday and Thursday, giving him hits in nine straight at-bats headed into Friday’s game.
Pinky Higgins (1938) and Walt Dropo (1952) hold the major league record by picking up hits in 12 consecutive at-bats.
With another hit in his first at-bat Friday, McGehee would become the fourth player since 2000 to pick up hits in 10 straight at-bats. Frank Catalanotto did in 2000, which Bernie Williams reached 11 in 2002. The last to get there was Matt Diaz in 2006.
For what little it’s worth, the conditions will be pretty favorable for McGehee to extend his streak. The Brewers will be playing the first of three games in spacious Coors Field on Friday, and the Rockies will start the series by throwing left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is awfully tough when he’s on, but he hasn’t been lately and he’s much more vulnerable to right-handed hitters.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.