LEADING OFF: Price faces old pal Archer; Verlander vs Giants

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


Red Sox lefty David Price (4-4), coming off a complete-game victory over Baltimore, pitches against his original team and buddy Chris Archer (3-3) when Boston visits Tampa Bay. "There will be a little bit of banter, but it's all friendly," Archer said. Price might get a chance to face prized Rays prospect Willy Adames, who homered in his major league debut Tuesday night. The 22-year-old shortstop was acquired from Detroit in a three-team trade that sent Price from the Rays to the Tigers on July 31, 2014.


Houston ace Justin Verlander (5-2) faces San Francisco at home. Verlander lowered his ERA to a big league-best 1.05 by tossing a five-hitter against the Angels last time out, his eighth career shutout and first since 2015 with Detroit. Jeff Samardzija (1-2) is up for the Giants.


The Mariners are down another second baseman after Dee Gordon joined Robinson Cano on the disabled list. Gordon, who had just taken over at second for the All-Star slugger, hurt his right big toe on May 9 in Toronto and reinjured it Sunday. Seattle manager Scott Servais said the team expects the injury to heal on its own with rest and the Mariners want Gordon to stay off his feet for a while. Gordon Beckham started at second Tuesday night in Oakland. Gordon was acquired from Miami during the offseason and shifted to center field, then moved back to the infield after Cano broke his hand May 13 when hit by a pitch. Cano received an 80-game suspension two days later for a positive drug test. Gordon is batting .304 with 16 steals in 45 games. "As soon as the 10 days are up I hope to have him back out there with us," Servais said.


Adam Plutko is set to replace struggling right-hander Josh Tomlin in Cleveland's rotation when the Indians conclude a two-game interleague series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Tomlin said he "definitely wasn't surprised" by the move to the bullpen after going 0-4 with a 7.84 ERA through six starts and seven appearances. Plutko will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to make his second career start. He earned his first major league win about three weeks ago, pitching into the eighth inning against Toronto as the 26th man for a doubleheader. Jon Lester (4-1, 2.52 ERA) seeks his third straight win for the Cubs.


Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.75 ERA) tries for his 50th major league win when he starts for the New York Mets in the rubber game of a series against last-place Miami. Dan Straily (2-0, 3.60) goes for the Marlins after shutting out Atlanta for seven innings in his previous outing. Jose Bautista went 1 for 3 with a double in his Mets debut Tuesday night.


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