05 May

double exposure

A pair of former Mississippi high school standouts will be on center stage today and Saturday for MLB Network’s afternoon showcase games. George County High product Justin Steele, the National League ERA leader, starts today (1:20 p.m.) for the Chicago Cubs against Miami at Wrigley Field. Left-hander Steele is 4-0 with a 1.49 ERA (and a 0.96 WHIP) in six starts. He faced the Marlins in his last outing, getting a no-decision despite yielding just two runs in six innings. On Saturday (1:15 p.m.), Madison Central alumnus Spencer Turnbull will be on the bump for Detroit against St. Louis (and Adam Wainwright) at Busch Stadium. Turnbull, returning this season from almost two years on the shelf following arm surgery, is 1-4 with a 6.84 in six starts. The right-hander has lasted just four innings in each of his previous two outings. Before getting hurt in May 2021, he was 4-2 with a 2.88 and a no-hitter on his resume. P.S. Philadelphia has designated former Ole Miss star James McArthur for assignment. The right-hander, yet to make the big leagues in six pro seasons, has a 7.31 ERA in Triple-A this season. He’ll likely clear waivers and remain in the organization.

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