Philadelphia Phillies (20-18, second in the NL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (20-16, second in the AL East) Dunedin; Friday, 7:37 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Vince Velasquez (1-0, 4.18 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 30 strikeouts) Blue Jays: Steven Matz (5-2, 4.87 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 37 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Blue Jays -150, Phillies +126; over/under is 10 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Marcus Semien is riding a 12-game hitting streak as Toronto readies to play Philadelphia. The Blue Jays are 7-4 in home games in 2020. Toronto has hit 51 combined home runs this season, most in the American League. Semien leads them with eight while slugging .472 with 13 extra-base hits. The Phillies are 7-12 on the road. Philadelphia has a team on-base percentage of .302, led by Bryce Harper with a mark of .414. TOP PERFORMERS: Semien leads the Blue Jays with eight home runs and is slugging .472. Rhys Hoskins leads the Phillies with 34 hits and has 20 RBIs. LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jays: 6-4, .255 batting average, 4.81 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs Phillies: 7-3, .243 batting average, 3.46 ERA, outscored opponents by 12 runs INJURIES: Blue Jays: Kirby Yates: (tommy john surgery), David Phelps: (right lat), Patrick Murphy: (shoulder), Tommy Milone: (undisclosed), Julian Merryweather: (left oblique), Tom Hatch: (elbow), Rafael Dolis: (right calf), Anthony Castro: (forearm), George Springer: (quad), Joe Panik: (calf), Alejandro Kirk: (left hip flexor). Phillies: JoJo Romero: (left elbow), Seranthony Dominguez: (elbow), Archie Bradley: (left oblique), Roman Quinn: (finger), Matt Joyce: (calf), Ronald Torreyes: (undisclosed), Didi Gregorius: (elbow), J.T. Realmuto: (covid protocol). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Patrick Corbin pitched seven strong innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Thursday to salvage the finale of the three-game series. Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell each hit two-run, first-inning homers for Washington, which had lost four straight and seven of its previous eight. Washington's Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak, which started on May 1, to 11 games.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers have set plans to host 100% capacity at their ballparks, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals. The Twins, who started the season at 25% capacity, said Thursday they will increase to 60% for 12 home games at Target Field from May 14-30, move to 80% for 12 home games in June and 100% for the final 40 regular-season home games starting July 5. "We are grateful that our state and region continue to be on a path toward improved health and a return to normalcy,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said in a statement. Philadelphia started the season at 20% and will increase capacity from 11,000 to 16,000 for a series against Boston starting Friday and followed by games against Washington (June 4-6) and Atlanta (June 8-10). Citizens Bank Park will be allowed 100% capacity starting with the Phillies’ series against the New York Yankees on June 12-13. Limited pods will be available with socially-distanced seating. Tailgating also will be allowed. Milwaukee, which began at 25%, said the Brewers’ American Family Field will shift to 100% capacity starting June 25. The New York Yankees and Mets were given permission by New York state to increase capacity from 20% to 100% at their ballparks for home games starting May 19, but only as long as fans are vaccinated against COVID-19. The Mets said they planned to have sections for vaccinated fans at full capacity and for unvaccinated fans with social distancing. The Chicago Cubs will increase Wrigley Field’s capacity to 60% starting with a series against Cincinnati that begins May 28. That will leave maximum attendance at just under 25,000, and there will be a minimum of one open seat between pods within the same row. Illinois and Chicago officials are requiring a designated area for fully vaccinated fans, who will be required to present proof of vaccination and photo ID. The Chicago White Sox will also increase capacity to 60% at Guaranteed Rate Field starting with a game against St. Louis on May 24, also with a minimum of one open seat between pods within the same row. The White Sox will have two full capacity sections for vaccinated fans when they host Kansas City this weekend. Last year’s shortened MLB regular season was played entirely without fans, who were allowed back only for the NL Championship Series and World Series, and then in limited numbers for games moved to the neutral site of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Texas was the only one of the major league teams to start the season at 100% capacity. Atlanta said April 28 it would move to 100% at Truist Park starting May 7, and Arizona announced May 5 that it would shift to 100% at Bank One Ballpark starting May 25. Washington said this week that Nationals Park would allow 100% capacity starting June 11 after Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order allowing it. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Ronald Blum, The Associated Press