LEADING OFF: Padres hit slams in 4 straight, Mets get virus

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San Diego Padres' Eric Hosmer, center, reacts with teammates after hitting a grand slam during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

A look at what's happening around the majors on Friday:


The Padres have hit grand slams in four straight games, the only team in big league history to accomplish the feat. Eric Hosmer extended the streak when he connected Thursday night against Texas.

All four slams have come against the Rangers -- Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers and Manny Machado did it earlier this week.

The Padres next take aim on Lance McCullers when he starts for the Astros at Petco Park. Houston has won eight in a row.


The Mets have another day off after two positive tests for COVID-19 in the organization. Their game at Miami scheduled for Thursday night was postponed an hour before it was supposed to begin and the series opener against the Yankees at Citi Field also was called off.

Seth Lugo’s promotion from the Mets bullpen to the rotation was delayed because of the latest developments. He leads the team with three saves, but was set to start in place of place struggling lefty Steven Matz, who is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA and will move to the bullpen.