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Boston Red Sox top pitcher Brayan Bello smiles while speaking to the media in the dugout before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, in Boston. Bello is set to make his Major League debut on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

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A glimpse of what’s happening around the majors today:

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SEEK AND SAY

Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani goes on a 21 2/3 innings scoreless streak on the mound when he starts in Miami.

Ohtani (7-4, 2.63 ERA) has won four straight starts, allowing just one run in that span. He struck out 101 in 74 innings this year.

The reigning AL MVP will pitch one day after his 28th birthday. It will be his first career appearance against the Marlins, who have won six in a row.

Los Angeles has lost four straight.

ASTRO RISING

Houston right-hander Cristian Javier is coming off two incredibly dominant starts as the Astros earn their ninth straight win when they host the Kansas City Royals.

In his last outing, Javier hit a career-high 14 while limiting the Angels to one hit over seven innings. The previous time, he fanned 13 over seven innings and combined with the Astros’ bullpen in a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium.

The 27 total strikeouts are the most in two games by a pitcher who has allowed just one hit in the modern era (since 1900), ESPN Stats & Info said.

Javier only walked one batter during that span. The 25-year-old has won three consecutive starts in total for leaders AL West.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW

Brayan Bello, the top pitcher in Boston’s system, is set to make his major league debut when he takes on Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.

The 23-year-old right-hander has a fastball in the upper 90s on time. He is 10-4 combined with a 2.33 ERA in Triple-A and Double-A this season.

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (3-5, 3.91 ERA) starts for the Rays.

Additionally, Red Sox ace Chris Sale is expected to make a rehab debut for Triple-A Worcester. The southpaw has been out since spring training with a stress fracture to his rib cage.

HARD BREAK

Dodgers outfielder Chris Taylor is heading to the injured list after a CT scan revealed a broken left foot. He was injured last weekend and left Monday’s game when he swelled up.

Taylor, an All-Star last year and co-MVP of the 2017 NL Championship Series, was batting .238 with six homers, 19 doubles, 27 RBIs and a .728 OPS.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hopes Taylor will be back in a few weeks.

Gavin Lux, Trayce Thompson and Jake Lamb will line up in left field while Taylor is out.

Los Angeles had good news when the scanner closer to Craig Kimbrel came back clean. It will be available on Wednesday.

Kimbrel took an online workout on her back last week.

GIANT SLIDE

San Francisco is trying to stop a six-game skid when it plays Arizona. The third-placed Giants are down 10½ games behind rivals Dodgers, who lead the NL West. Alex Cobb (3-3, 4.95 ERA) takes on Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (7-5, 3.46).

SICK ARCHER

The Twins at the top of the AL Central will be minus Chris Archer for a while after the pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his left hip.

Minnesota made the move before Archer was scheduled to start against the White Sox. It was retroactive to Saturday.

Archer, 33, joined the Twins in the offseason and did well, going 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA in 15 starts. He had only pitched six games in the previous two seasons due to injuries.

The Twins are hoping Archer can join the club before the all-star break later this month.

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