LEADING OFF: Garcia joins Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, Votto run

Boston Red Sox outfielders Andrew Benintendi, from left, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. head for the clubhouse after beating Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 d

Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto watches his double off San Diego Padres' Travis Wood during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017,

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, New York Mets' Jay Bruce watches his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin during a b

A look at what's happening around Major League Baseball on Friday:

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RIVALRY ROOKIE

Left-hander Jaime Garcia gets his first close-up look at the Yankees-Red Sox craziness when he takes on Boston in the Bronx. The Red Sox have won eight in a row and are guaranteed of leaving Yankee Stadium with the AL East lead, no matter what happens in the three-game set. Garcia makes his second start since being traded from Minnesota to New York — he was roughed up by Cleveland in his debut.

START HIM UP

Jay Bruce is expected to make his first start for Cleveland when the AL Central leaders play at Tampa Bay. The Indians acquired Bruce from the New York Mets on Wednesday night for a minor league pitcher, and he made his Cleveland debut as a pinch-hitter Thursday night. Bruce had 29 home runs and 75 RBIs for the Mets this year. The Indians need outfield help, with Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall both on the disabled list.

NOTHING LACKING

Cubs righthander John Lackey is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break. The 38-year-old has helped keep the World Series champs on top of the NL Central, and he'll try to improve his 9-9 record when he pitches at Arizona.

HOT VOTTO

Joey Votto takes a 15-game hitting streak — the longest active run in the majors — into Cincinnati's series opener at Milwaukee. The first baseman is batting .478 with five homers during the string, which is two games shy of his career high. Votto has homered four times in his last six games and has 31 this year. His highest total was 37 during his 2010 National League MVP season.