A look at what's happening all around the majors today: DARVISH TEXAS FINALE? Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish makes his final scheduled start before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline with growing speculation that the potential free agent could be dealt to another team. Darvish (6-8, 3.44 ERA) faces Miami and Ichiro Suzuki, another standout player from Japan. Darvish, an All-Star this year for the fourth time in his five seasons played in Texas, is 0-4 with a 4.26 ERA in his last seven starts. He struck out a season-high 12 over eight innings at Tampa Bay last Friday. His only career shutout — and only nine-inning complete game — came the only time he previously faced the Marlins three years
The Sonny Gray watch continues. As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches, the Oakland Athletics starter is expected to be a target for several teams. Gray will start for the Athletics against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series at the Rogers Centre.
Clayton Kershaw could be sidelined into September by a back injury that forced him out of Sunday’s game, according to a published report. Fox Sports reported that an initial prognosis by the Los Angeles Dodgers indicated Kershaw will miss four to six weeks with his latest lower back injury. The report indicated Kershaw had not yet been examined by specialist Robert Watkins, who worked with Kershaw on rehabilitating a herniated disc that cost him 10 weeks of the 2016 season. While the timelines are different, one similarity remains: Kershaw will have a relatively narrow window to ramp up for postseason action. MORE MLB COVERAGE Should the three-time Cy Young Award winner miss six weeks, that would