Mariners-Angels penalties coming soon, Red Sox rolling

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

DISCIPLINE ON DECK

Major League Baseball will certainly be handing out penalties soon after the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels got into a massive brawl in Anaheim this weekend.

There were eight expulsions on Sunday – both managers, plus three players in each team. The skirmish stopped and started twice before Angels got closer Raisel Iglesias threw a tub of sunflower seeds and another bucket of chewing gum onto the back yard.

Seattle’s Jesse Winker was hit by the first pitch of the second inning by Andrew Wantz† In the first, Wantz threw behind the head of Julio Rodriguez.

The field to Rodriguez certainly seemed to be a response to Erik Swanson’s 95 mph fastball near Mike Trout’s head in the ninth inning Saturday night.

Los Angeles interim manager Phil Nevin and Seattle’s Scott Servais were thrown out. The Angels lost Wantz, Iglesias and reliever Ryan Tepera, while Winker, Rodriguez and JP Crawford were ejected.

The match was delayed about 18 minutes.

RED STOCKINGS ROLL

Trevor Story, Rafael Devers and JD Martinez try to help Boston extend its seven-game winning streak in the series opener in Toronto.

The Red Sox are fresh off a three-game sweep in Cleveland. They have won 11 out of 13 and are 19-4 in June, improving to an 11-game season high of over .500 at 42-31.

Rookie righthander Connor Seabold, whose only previous Major League appearance was in a game last year, starts for Boston. Kevin Gausman (5-6, 3.19 ERA) is pitching for the Blue Jays.

Red Sox outfielder Jarren Duran and closer Tanner Houck will not be with the team in Toronto as they have not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Houck will be pitching batting practice to Duran in Fenway Park this week.

SICK IN ATLANTIA

Ronald Acuna Jr. will likely benefit if the Braves have a day off while dealing with his injured left foot.

The Atlanta star made a mistake with a ball from himself on Saturday night. He wasn’t in the lineup against the Dodgers on Sunday night – tests showed no fracture, but he said he couldn’t put any pressure on his foot.

Acuña hits .281 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in his return this year from a torn ACL in his right knee. He tore the ligament last July when he landed awkwardly while trying to make a catch in right field in Miami and missed the rest of the season when Atlanta won the World Series.

Acuña leads the Braves with 13 stolen bases and has returned to a daily rightfield role after spending time as the designated batter early in his comeback.

WATCH HIM

The Cardinals will see how Jack Flaherty feels, a day after he left the start after two innings due to a strained right shoulder.

Flaherty made his third start this season after missing the first 64 games while recovering from surgery on his right shoulder. He gave up one basehit, struckout two and walked, and threw 49 pitches against the Cubs.

The 26-year-old right-wing had allowed five earned runs in six innings during his first two starts this season for St. Louis.

Cardinals star Adam Wainwright (5-5, 3.32) takes on Pablo Lopez (5-3, 2.61) in the series opener at Busch Stadium.

SHAKY GIOLITO

White Sox righthander Lucas Giolito (4-4, 5.40 ERA) appears to be back on track after a recent grind.

Giolito, a 2019 All-Star who threw a no-hitter last year, struggled in his last five starts. In that span, he gave up 27 earned runs on 40 hits and 11 walks in 25 2/3 innings.

Giolito takes on Angels right Noah Syndergaard (4-6, 3.86) in Anaheim.

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