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LEADING OFF: Tigers chase Tribe; Cards face Giants again

A look at what’s happening all around the majors Friday:

NOW OR NEVER

Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers open a three-game series in Cleveland, perhaps their last chance to get back in the AL Central race. The Indians hold a six-game lead with 16 to play, and their magic number for clinching the division title is 11. There’s a marquee matchup on the mound, with Rookie of the Year favorite Michael Fulmer (10-6, 2.76 ERA) and the Tigers facing Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber (16-9, 3.05). Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes, on the disabled list since July 18, could be activated before the game.

ROUND 2

San Francisco hosts St. Louis in the second game of a pivotal, four-game series between NL wild-card contenders. On the mound for the Giants is left-hander Matt Moore, who is 3-4 in eight starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Rookie right-hander Luke Weaver (1-2) pitches for the Cardinals. He has 39 strikeouts and eight walks in six major league starts covering 31 innings.

NOT DONE YET

Making a fierce charge in the wild-card race, the Mariners send ace Felix Hernandez (11-5) to the mound against AL West rival Houston. Hernandez is 7-1 with a 4.22 ERA in his last 11 starts since returning from the disabled list July 20. Collin McHugh (10-10) seeks his fourth straight win for the Astros. The right-hander is 8-3 in his career against Seattle, including 3-0 this season with a 1.50 ERA.

ROYAL FLUSH

The defending World Series champions are fading fast. Kansas City was just outscored 43-12 at home during a four-game sweep by an Oakland team that was running last in the AL West when it arrived in town. Ian Kennedy (11-9) tries to get the Royals back on track when they host Chris Sale (15-8, 3.03) and the White Sox. Kennedy is 5-0 with a 2.16 ERA since the start of August.

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