LEADING OFF: Bumgarner back on mound; Bieber-Keuchel matchup

Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner starts against Colorado in his first appearance since pitching a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta last Sunday, a game that Major League Baseball does not consider to be a no-hitter

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

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MAD BUMMED

Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 6.31) starts against Colorado in his first appearance since pitching a seven-inning no-hitter against Atlanta last Sunday, a game that Major League Baseball does not consider to be a no-hitter. MLB’s eight-man committee on statistical accuracy decided in 1991 that a no-hitter was a game of nine or more innings that ended with no hits. Bumgarner was pitching in the second game of a doubleheader, a game shortened to seven innings under pandemic rules. RHP Jon Gray (3-1, 2.54 ERA) starts for the Rockies.

ACE DOWN

Burnes is 2-2 with a 1.53 ERA and has recorded 49 strikeouts and no walks through 29 1/3 innings. He allowed one earned run through his first four starts before giving up five runs — four earned — over five innings in an 8-0 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday.

BIGGIE CY’S

Cleveland RHP Shane Bieber (2-2, 2.48), the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, starts in Chicago against White Sox LHP Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 4.32), the 2015 AL Cy Young winner for Houston. Chicago is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Detroit and has won six of seven, but at 14-10, the White Sox still trail Kansas City by 1 1/2 games in the NL Central.

STRIPES EARNED

New York Yankees right-hander RHP Gerrit Cole (3-1, 1.71 ERA), who is 5-1 with a 2.23 ERA against Detroit, starts Friday’s homestand opener against Detroit, the first team not from the East to play at Yankee Stadium since 2019. Left-hander Tarik Skubal (0-3, 5.21) starts for the Tigers.

HELLO AGAIN

Baltimore LHP John Means (2-0, 1.50), who allowed one run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings against Oakland last Sunday, faces the Athletics again as as Baltimore begins a six-game trip. RHP Mike Fiers makes his season debut for the A;s after recovering from a lumbar strain.

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