American League West

LEADING OFF: HR record set to fall, Maddon back in TB

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



Major League Baseball is on track to break its season record for home runs with nearly two weeks left in the season. There were 5,677 home runs hit through Monday, 16 shy of the record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. With 15 games on the schedule, this should be the day that Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger or some other big popper puts 2017 over the top.


Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he's looking forward to a two-game series at Tampa Bay. Maddon guided the Rays for nine seasons — they were the Devil Rays when he started in 2006 —...