LEADING OFF: Pads upgrade 'pen, Mets-Yanks play 2 again

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FILE - In this July 25, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal delivers in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. The San Diego Padres acquired Rosenthal in a trade with the Royals on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, bolstering their bullpen for their pursuit of their first playoff appearance in 14 years. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

A look at what's happening around the major leagues Sunday:



Trevor Rosenthal’s bounce-back season has put him in the middle of a playoff race. The San Diego Padres acquired the reliever from Kansas City on Saturday for outfielder Edward Olivares and a player to be named.

The Padres, trying for their first postseason appearance in 14 years, thought their bullpen would be a strength this season after they traded for Emilio Pagán and signed Drew Pomeranz in free agency. But it has been hit hard by injuries, losing closer Kirby Yates for the rest of the season because of an inflamed right elbow.

The 30-year-old Rosenthal has a 3.29 ERA and seven saves after struggling with injuries and poor performance in recent years. He could join the Padres in time for their game against Colorado at Coors Field.


The Yankees and Mets are set for their second seven-inning doubleheader in three days to make up games postponed last weekend at Citi Field after a Mets player and a coach tested positive for the coronavirus. The Mets will be the “home” team at Yankee Stadium in the second game, just as they were Friday when Amed Rosario hit a walkoff home run in his road grays.