Braves claim 12th straight win, Lynn returns

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A glimpse of what’s happening around baseball today:

After another slow start to the season, the defending World Series champion Braves are once again emerging as October contenders, riding an 11-game winning streak in a series in Washington.

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It’s the club’s best streak since winning 14 games from July 26 to August 9, 2013. Atlanta outscored opponents 74-30 with 22 homers on the run, and the pitching staff has an ERA of 2 .32 over the same period.

Braves right-hander Ian Anderson (5-3, 4.53 ERA) has two wins in that span, though he also has a 5.25 ERA in his last two starts — Atlanta has scored 13 points behind him every game. He will face Nats right-hander Josiah Gray (6-4, 4.33) to start the series.

Lance Lynn will return from the injured list and start for the White Sox a day earlier than expected after manager Tony La Russa changed his rotation in response to Michael Kopech’s injury on Sunday.

Kopech got the start against Texas after 13 pitches with right knee discomfort, and La Russa ended up using Johnny Cueto — Monday’s projected starter — in relief. Kopech was optimistic he would return soon, and La Russa said the right-hander could be back next Sunday.

Lynn was scheduled to return on Tuesday but will instead take the spot vacated by Cueto for a series opener in Detroit. Lynn underwent right knee surgery in spring training and is yet to pitch this season. The 35-year-old was 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA in 28 starts last year.

Miami right-hander Sandy Alcantara tries to maintain his impressive run when he starts against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

The 26-year-old Alcantara (6-2, 1.61 ERA) has allowed just three earned runs in 48 innings in his last six starts.

Aaron Nola (4-4, 3.50) pitches for Philadelphia, which enjoyed its nine-game winning streak Sunday with a loss to Arizona.

Cubs head home on season-high six-game losing streak as southpaw Justin Steele (1-5, 4.79 ERA) takes on Yu Darvish (5-3, 3.61) and Padres .

Chicago was beaten 18-4 Sunday at Yankee Stadium and outscored 28-5 while getting swept in a three-game series.

The Cubs fell to 4-23 overall against the Yankees, including a pair of World Series sweeps in the 1930s by New York teams featuring Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. The Cubs are 0-12 in the Bronx.

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