Max Scherzer

LEADING OFF: Archer-Sabathia, Scherzer-Garza key matchups

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



The AL East is bunched up as Tampa Bay opens a four-game series at the Yankees on Thursday, when Chris Archer (7-6) starts for the Rays and CC Sabathia (9-3) for New York. Boston, which ended a four-game skid by winning at Seattle on Wednesday, leads by one game over New York, with Tampa Bay another 1½ games back. The Rays are starting an eight-game trip that finishes with four games at Houston, which has the AL's best record.

"We're going to display what type team we really are," Archer said. "I think with how we've been playing this year we're...