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White Sox eager for Moncada, Reds get Castillo

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

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HAKUNA MONCADA

The buoyant White Sox is hoping third baseman Yoán Moncada can make his season debut as Chicago opens a three-game home series against Cleveland. Moncada, 26, has been out since the last week of spring training with a strained right slash, one of several key players sidelined for the South Siders this season.

The White Sox have racked up six straight wins to climb above .500 for the first time since April 20, though hitters Eloy Jiménez and Andrew Vaughn and starter Lance Lynn are still missing. Right-hander Michael Kopech (0-0, 1.17 ERA) will start the opener against the Guardians’ Zach Plesac (1-3, 4.44).

WELCOME BACK

Luis Castillo makes his season debut for Cincinnati against NL Central’s league leaders Milwaukee. Castillo, a potential trade-chip for the struggling Reds, was sidelined with a right shoulder strain. He was an All-Star and 15-game winner in 2019, but fell back to 8-16 last year with a 3.98 ERA in 33 starts and 187 2/3 innings as he held the 75-walk lead in the reached the National League.

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Cincinnati grabbed just two of three from Pittsburgh to win a series for the first time this season and improved the majors’ worst record to 5-23.

IN THE MOMENT

Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. has picked up exactly where he left off after suffering an injury last season.

Acuña doubled, singled and stole a base in a 9-2 win over Milwaukee on Sunday, extending his on-base streak to an NL-best 23 games to date through June 25. Boston’s JD Martinez has the longest current streak in the majors at 27 games.

Acuña tore his knee last summer and missed the rest of the season as Atlanta won the World Series. The dynamic outfield player has played nine games this year.

HEAVY HISTORY

Trevor Story was booed at Fenway Park this weekend, continuing his rough start for the Red Sox.

A big hitter and two-time All-Star at Colorado, he signed a six-year, $140 million deal to join Boston, moving from shortstop to second base.

Story lost 0-for-4 to the White Sox on Sunday, leaving him with a .194 batting average. He hasn’t homed in 24 games for his new team.

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Boston (10-19) has the worst season five in a row and has lost 14 of 18. The Red Sox open a series Tuesday in Atlanta.

SOPHOMORE BREAK-IN

The Cubs sent struggling first baseman Frank Schwindel to Triple-A Iowa a year after he was a bright spot for Chicago.

The 29-year-old swindler hit .342 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs in 56 games for the Cubs after being released from waivers by Oakland. But he’s been struggling lately, hitting .186 (13-70) in his last 19 games.

“Someone we believe in but need to get going a little bit,” said manager David Ross. “Come down, work on some things, take a little pressure off and let him continue to come back to what we expect from him and what he expects from himself.”

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