LEADING OFF: Stanton's HR streak, Kershaw at home, Acuña hit

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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton watches his solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning in Game 2 of a baseball American League Division Series Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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


Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton has homered in all four of the team's postseason games this year. He connected two straight days at Cleveland as New York swept the wild-card series, and has homered in each of the first two games against Tampa Bay at neutral site Petco Park in San Diego.

The oft-injured Stanton hit four homers in 23 games of the regular season. He hit three home runs in 18 games last year.

The two-time NL home run champion is from the Los Angeles area and says “that SoCal air" is helping the ball fly. He hit a grand slam in the opener against the Rays, then connected in his first two at-bats in Game 2 of the AL Division Series.


Clayton Kershaw finally gets to pitch in an MLB game near his Texas home after 13 big league seasons and three NL Cy Young Awards with the Los Angeles Dodgers, except there won’t be a full flock of family and fans in the stands, and the stadium isn’t the same one he used to go to as a kid.

Kershaw starts Game 2 of the NL Division Series for the Dodgers against the San Diego Padres in the Texas Rangers’ new stadium, which is less than 25 miles from where he grew up, went to high school and still lives.