The top team in the American League gets its ace back today, as the Astros' Dallas Keuchel makes his return to the mound after spending two months on the disabled list with neck discomfort.Keuchel appeared on his way to another AL Cy Young Award before hitting the DL in early
The top team in the American League gets its ace back today, as the Astros' Dallas Keuchel makes his return to the mound after spending two months on the disabled list with neck discomfort.
Keuchel appeared on his way to another AL Cy Young Award before hitting the DL in early June, holding a 9-0 record and a Major League-leading 1.67 ERA (among qualifiers).
After allowing just a single earned run in eight innings across two rehab starts, Keuchel's return to a Major League mound comes at 7:10 p.m. ET against the host Tigers and leads a full slate of games on MLB.TV.
"It feels a little weird to actually have my name penciled in for a Major League start, but I've been looking forward to this day for a while," Keuchel said on Wednesday. "It's one of those things where the excitement is really building. I didn't want to let myself get too excited, but at the same time, I feel great with how I've progressed and what I've done for two [rehab] starts. It's go time."
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Here's what to watch for throughout the day (all times ET):
Top southpaws square off: KC@BOS, 7:10 p.m.
With an eight-game win streak on the line for the Royals, starter Jason Vargas will try to get back on track to end a rough July. After entering this month with an AL-leading 2.22 ERA, Vargas has allowed six homers and 14 earned runs in three starts for a 9.95 ERA.
Conversely, David Price will look to continue a solid July in which he has posted a 2.52 ERA and 27 strikeouts in four starts. Red Sox fans also await the debut of Eduardo Nunez, acquired from the Giants to shore up a third-base group that ranks last in the Majors with a .605 OPS.
Garcia's Twins debut: MIN@OAK, 10:05 p.m.
If Minnesota fans want to get a glimpse of Jaime Garcia, today's game in Oakland might be their only chance. Acquired on Monday from the Braves to bolster a run in the AL Central, Garcia could reportedly go back on the trading block if the Twins continue their current losing skid.
For now, Garcia will make his Minnesota debut against the Athletics and try to follow up a winning effort against the Dodgers last Friday. Daniel Gossett goes for Oakland.
Wood looks to rebound from knocks: SF@LAD, 10:10 p.m.
Before last week, Clayton Kershaw was shockingly not the most dominant southpaw in the Dodgers' rotation on a per-inning basis. That honor went to Alex Wood, who had gone 11-0 (the most wins before a loss in franchise history) with a sparkling 1.56 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings.
Those numbers took a hit last Friday against the Braves, when Wood surrendered nine runs (seven earned) in 4 2/3 innings to his former club in a loss. He'll look to bounce back versus the rival Giants, who will face him for the third time this season. Matt Moore goes for San Francisco.
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com.