CHICAGO — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for Aaron Judge and the Yankees, and the World Series champion Astros, too. The Orioles, White Sox and Royals are on track to lose more than 100. It’s the haves and the have-nots as baseball returns after the All-Star break. “There’s a few good teams out there that they’re going to make it interesting in the second half,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
CINCINNATI — Another day, another Cincinnati grand slam. Jose Peraza kept up the parade of slams, sending Matt Harvey and the Reds over the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 on Sunday. Cincinnati’s first six batters reached base against previously unbeaten rookie Freddy Peralta, who’d allowed just a .093 opponents’ batting average (7 for 75) in his first four starts, all Milwaukee wins. He recovered from throwing 43 pitches in the first inning to retire the last
CINCINNATI — When Brewers pitchers went over the strengths and weaknesses of Cincinnati’s hitters to prepare for their series, they included reliever Michael Lorenzen in the mix. They need to do more studying. Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds pitcher in a week — and his third homer in his last three at-bats — as Cincinnati pulled away to a 12-3 victory Saturday, ending a seven-game losing streak against Milwaukee. Lorenzen’s pinch-hit grand slam off