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    A look at what’s happening around the majors today:BRONX
    BOMBERSThe New York Yankees take aim at baseball’s single-season home run
    record Jake
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    , a day after tying the mark of 264 set by the 1997
    Seattle Mariners. The Yankees connected four times Friday night in Boston, with
    Aaron Judge hitting the homer that matched a Mariners club that included Ken
    Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner and Edgar Martinez.The Yankees are the
    only franchise with more than 15,000 home runs, nearly 1,400 more than the
    second-place Giants, according to They can add to their
    total and set the record at Fenway Park when they face ex-Yankees starter Nathan
    Eovaldi.OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAINDavid Wright will start at third base for the New
    York Mets against Miami in his farewell game before a sellout crowd at Citi
    Field. “It’s going to be a sleepless night, I know
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    ,” Wright said Friday. “I’m just trying to enjoy it, but
    tomorrow is going to be surreal for me.” Longtime teammate and friend Jose
    Reyes, perhaps also nearing the end of his career, will play shortstop alongside
    Wright. “I think he’s hitting leadoff and I’m hitting third. It’s like
    Old-Timers’ day around here, so it’ll be nice,” Wright said. “It’s going to
    bring back obviously a lot of memories.”The Mets captain finally made it back
    into a major league game Friday night, grounding out in his first plate
    appearance in nearly 2½ years as New York lost 8-1 to the Marlins. Unable to
    overcome all the injuries, the 35-year-old Wright said he expects this weekend
    to mark his final appearance in the big leagues.GETTING CLOSEKris Bryant and the
    Cubs can clinch their third consecutive NL Central crown — and home-field
    advantage throughout the NL playoffs — with a win over St. Louis and a Milwaukee
    loss to Detroit. Chicago, with a one-game lead in the division, sends
    left-hander Cole Hamels to the mound at Wrigley Field. Miles Mikolas
    (17-4 ,
    2.94 ERA) looks to win his fifth straight start for the Cardinals, clinging to
    fading wild-card hopes following four losses in a row. “Clearly the back is
    completely against the wall,” St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.Up in
    Milwaukee, left-hander Wade Miley (5-2) tries to pitch the Brewers to their
    sixth consecutive victory. Both the Cubs and Brewers are assured at least a wild
    card.MOUNTAIN WESTThe Rockies try to move closer to clinching their first NL
    West championship when they host Washington. Colorado locked up at least a wild
    card Friday night by beating the Nationals at Coors Field for their eighth
    straight win. They hold a one-game edge over the Dodgers for the division lead —
    Los Angeles is two games ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild card with two
    to play. David Dahl homered for the fifth game in a row to extend the Rockies’
    winning streak. Next, Jon Gray (12-8, 4.91 ERA) starts for Colorado vs. Stephen
    Strasburg (9-7, 3.77). Health permitting, L贸pez is a true building block for
    Miami’s pitching staff."WhiteFanposts Sections News &
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    Preview: Pablo L贸pezHealth permitting, L贸pez is a true building block for
    Miami’s pitching staff.ESTShareTweetShareShare2019 Marlins Season Preview: Pablo
    L贸pezSteve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsNot too many people smile more than Marlins
    pitcher Pablo L贸pez. He is one of the brightest young faces in the organization,
    and that enthusiasm for the game is one reason why he has already emerged as a
    huge fan favorite entering his age-23 season.How did he get here? Traded from
    Mariners to Marlins on Jul.
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    , 20182018 MiLB Stats: 1.44 ERA. 3.38 FIP, 0.93 WHIP, 66 K
    in 62.1 IP2018 MLB Stats: 4.14 ERA, 4.49 FIP, 1.26 WHIP, 46 K in 58.2 IP2019
    ZiPS Projection: 4.04 ERA, 4.18 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 95 K in 127.0 IPPhoto by
    @Marlins/TwitterPablo had a rocky, up-and-down 2018
    campaign ,
    going through his fair share of struggles which is to be expected from a young
    pitcher. His year also ended early, as he was placed on the disabled list in
    September with a right shoulder strain.However, L贸pez did have plenty of
    promising moments that left fans and the Marlins front office alike excited for
    the future of the young Venezuelan.Not only is L贸pez a promising young pitcher,
    but he prides himself on hitting as well. Don’t be fooled by the 3-for-16
    (.188)—Don Mattingly thought highly enough of his approach to use the lefty bat
    off the bench as a pinch-hitter...twice! I would look forward to more good
    at-bats from him along with his continued improvement on the mound.Steve
    Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsPablo was a fast riser through the upper levels of the
    minors, forcing his way into the Marlins rotation plans with a 12-start stretch
    of dominance at Jacksonville and New Orleans to kick off last season. There will
    be growing pains as his young career continues to develop, but he has given no
    reason for us to doubt that he will eventually put it all together. The 2019
    season will be a big one for many people in the organization as the Marlins
    continue their pursuit toward sustainable success. Even if the losses pile up
    again in a tough NL East, Pablo L贸pez figures to be a bright spot.