LEADING OFF: Cubs' Darvish tries to save season vs Marlins

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish throws to a Chicago White Sox batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:



The Cubs and Marlins resume their series a day after poor weather caused a postponement at Wrigley Field. Miami leads the best-of-three 1-0 but may be without outfielder Starling Marte, who was hit by a fastball during Wednesday’s 5-1 victory and has a nondisplaced fracture of the bone running between his left pinky and wrist. He wasn’t in the starting lineup for Thursday’s postponed game, but manager Don Mattingly had not ruled out using him.

Chicago is counting on Yu Darvish to avoid a playoff sweep. The ace right-hander was a steady presence for the Cubs throughout the pandemic-shortened season, joining the NL Cy Young Award conversation. A four-time All-Star with Texas, he tied Cleveland’s Shane Bieber for the major league lead with eight wins and was second in the NL to Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer with a 2.01 ERA.

The Marlins will counter with 22-year-old Sixto Sánchez, who debuted Aug. 22 and posted a 3.46 ERA in seven starts.

Game 3 will be played Saturday if necessary.


Eleven months after A’s pitcher Mike Fiers revealed details of the Astros sign-stealing scandal that rocked baseball, the right-hander will face his former teammates in an AL Division Series. Oakland punched its ticket Thursday by finishing off the White Sox in a best-of-three wild-card series, setting up an all-AL West ALDS that begins Monday.

Fiers, a member of Houston’s 2017 World Series championship team, told The Athletic last November the Astros used live camera feeds to steal signs en route to the title. That spawned an MLB investigation that ended in the firing of manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, along with the vilification of Astros players.

“We want to make sure they know what they’ve done and we can prove it to them and make sure we’re also the top team in the AL West,” A’s closer Liam Hendriks said. “But there’s also not being petty and not letting our emotions get the better of us by trying to be over the top and vengeful.”


A day after winning a postseason series for the first time since 2001, the Atlanta Braves plan to play a simulated game and workout at Truist Park. The club is in a postseason quarantine in a hotel, and manager Brian Snitker said players need to get out of their rooms.

“We’re going to let their minds rest,” Snitker said. “That’s the thing.”

The Braves won’t play again until Tuesday, when they’ll open an NL Division Series against either the Cubs or Marlins in Houston.


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