Tuesday brings us every team in action with 15 night games. No day action is a bummer, but there are some juicy matchups here in the middle of June, so let’s get to it.

Tuesday’s scores

Brewers could use a win over Cubs

It’s still the middle of June, but the Brewers’ psyche against the Cubs could probably use a positive result. They only trail the Cubs by a half-game in the NL Central this season and have been one of the best teams in the NL … when they don’t play the Cubs. 

The Cubs against the Brewers this season has been one of the most one-sided head-to-heads in all of baseball. The Cubs are 8-1 with a plus-25 run differential against their divisional cohorts from Milwaukee. The Brewers’ only win was a walk-off, one-run victory. There were a few Cubs gut-punches in there, too, including Monday night’s series opener. 

The Brewers had a 2-1 lead when Josh Hader took the hill. They were 21-0 in Hader outings this season. This time around, Hader walked Ben Zobrist (who tagged up to move to second on a deep fly out) and then Jason Heyward — yes, that Heyward against a lefty — hammered a game-tying line drive to right. 

The game would go to 11, at which point the Cubs scored five runs — four of which came with two outs. 

Again, gut-punch. The Brewers haven’t been playing terribly of late, but the Cubs have won 12 of their past 15. 

As noted, the Brewers could really use a win Tuesday. Chase Anderson (4-5, 4.57) gets the ball against Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 3.86) of the Cubs. 

Possible World Series preview in the Bronx? 

At this point in the season, there are probably about 20 possible World Series previews, maybe even more. Still, the Nationals and Yankees both sit in first place. The Yankees have a 99.8 percent chance at the postseason, per SportsLine, while the Nationals are at 91 percent. 

Also, there’s the Bryce Harper angle. Most of us are familiar with the fact that Harper grew up a Yankees fan. He’s also a free agent after the season and though the Yankees roster doesn’t currently look like it fits someone like Harper, there will be plenty of speculation this coming offseason that they’ll try to find a way. They stayed under the luxury tax this past offseason and don’t seem likely to go over with a high-priced trade piece this coming July, so they’d be able to pay Harper. 

I’m not saying it’s happening; only that it’s a storyline people will latch onto. 

Harper has played in Yankee Stadium before. Back in 2015, he went 3 for 8 with a double and homer in two games. 

On the Yankees’ side, they have the best record in baseball, but are coming off being shut out for the first time all year. 

Rockies back where they’re comfortable? 

The Rockies are on a four-game losing streak, but they were at home. Curiously, they are 11-19 at Coors Field this season. On the road, they are 21-14. It’s a head-scratcher. They are visiting the Phillies, who have lost seven of nine. 

Mariners look to stay hot

The Mariners surprisingly sit atop the AL West, sporting a half-game lead over the defending champion Astros. The only teams in baseball with a better record than the Mariners are the Yankees and Red Sox. 

Also, this is interesting. Since Robinson Cano was suspended, the Mariners are 18-6, which is the best record in baseball during that time period. 

Currently, they have won nine of their past 11, including taking down the previously-hot Angels on Monday night. 

Quick hits

  • MLB released the first All-Star Game fan voting results for the AL. Mookie Betts is the league’s leading vote-getter and is in position to start alongside Mike Trout and Aaron Judge in the outfield. Here’s the All-Star ballot.
  • The Nationals have activated 2B Daniel Murphy off the disabled list. He missed the start of the season following offseason knee surgery. The Nationals play their next five games in AL parks, so Murphy will ease into things as the DH at first.
  • Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said 2B Robinson Cano will share the second base job with CF/2B Dee Gordon when he returns from his suspension in August. Cano is ineligible for the postseason, so Gordon would be the man at the position in October.
  • Red Sox RHP Carson Smith will likely miss the rest of the season with shoulder surgery. He originally hurt his shoulder slamming his glove in frustration in the dugout. Injuries have limited Smith to 23 2/3 innings the last three years.
  • Braves OF Ronald Acuna will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday, reports MLB.com. He’s been out since May 28 with back and knee trouble. Acuna came into the season as the No. 1 prospect in baseball.
  • Cubs RHP Yu Darvish threw a 31-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, reports MLB.com. Darvish is currently on the disabled list with a triceps injury. He is progressing well, but is still a few weeks from rejoining the rotation.
  • The Dodgers placed RHP Walker Buehler on the 10-day DL with a rib microfracture, the club announced. He was hit by a comebacker and pitched through it for three starts. LHP Caleb Ferguson was called up in a corresponding move.
  • Blue Jays SS Troy Tulowitzki is progressing following surgery on both feet, according to Blue Jays Talk. He expects to play before the end of the season. Tulowitzki has played only 589 of 1,038 possible games from 2012 to ’18 because of injuries.
  • Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia has not yet resumed baseball activities, reports the Boston Herald. He is currently out with renewed soreness in his surgically repaired knee. There is no firm timetable for Pedroia’s return.
  • Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson could return Wednesday, reports Blue Jays Talk. He is out with a calf injury and the original hope was he would return last weekend. Donaldson is hitting .234/.333/.423 with five homers in 36 games this year.
  • Rockies RHP Adam Ottavino could return this weekend, reports MLB.com. He’s currently sidelined with an oblique injury. Ottavino has a 0.95 ERA with a ridiculous 45 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings this season.
  • Francisco Cervelli (head) and Josh Harrison (shoulder) are not in Tuesday’s lineup for the Pirates. Cervelli has taken several foul tips to the face mask recently. Harrison is sore after being by a pitch Monday.
  • The Orioles placed RHP Andrew Cashner on the 10-day DL with lower back soreness, the club announced. The team hopes he’ll miss only one start. LHP Donnie Hart was called up in a corresponding move.
  • The Brewers placed RHP Matt Albers on the 10-day DL with a right shoulder injury, the team injury. Albers allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning Monday night. RHP Jorge Lopez was called up in a corresponding move.
  • The Twins are bringing back former closer RHP Matt Belisle, the club has announced. Belisle was earlier released from his deal with the Indians, with whom he had been pitching for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. 
  • The Red Sox acquired minor league 1B/OF Eric Filia from the Mariners as the player to be named later in the LHP Roenis Elias trade, the team announced. Filia sat out the first 50 games of the season because of a drug suspension.
  • The Yankees announced RHP Jonathan Loaisiga will be called up to start Thursday in place of RHP Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka is out with hamstring trouble. Loaisiga has developed into a strong prospect after signing out of a tryout camp.

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