The Pittsburgh Pirates will turn to right-hander Trevor Williams to try and snap a six-game losing streak when they begin a five-game homestand on Wednesday night against Nelson Cruz and the red-hot Minnesota Twins. The Pirates own baseball's worst record at 2-9 and ended a five-game road trip by getting swept in a two-game series at Minnesota, capped by a 7-3 loss on Tuesday afternoon. Williams (0-2, 5.40 ERA), who has never faced the Twins, started the road trip with a 6-3 loss to the Cubs in Wrigley Field on Friday, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings while striking out six.
Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello spent the first half of the 2010s as teammates with the Detroit Tigers and the rest of the decade continuing to build reputations as two of the most successful and durable pitchers in Major League Baseball. The Nationals won the opener Tuesday, when Howie Kendrick went 4-for-4 with a homer in a 5-3 victory. Scherzer (0-1, 2.84 ERA) won his first Cy Young with the Tigers in 2013 before cementing his Hall of Fame candidacy by winning back-to-back Cy Youngs with the Nationals in 2016 and '17 and posting two more top-3 finishes in 2018 and '19.
After the long wait without baseball, the Miami Marlins will be getting a heavy dose of it on Wednesday. Miami's pitching was well rested and brilliant on Tuesday night at Orioles Park at Camden Yards -- the Marlins' first game since July 26 -- and the club gets right back at it with a doubleheader against Baltimore on Wednesday. The Orioles will be the home side for Game 1, and the Marlins will be home in Game 2 in the two seven-inning games.