LEADING OFF: Red-hot Cubs visit Giants, Yanks’ Cole vs. Rays

The surging Chicago Cubs are headed west for a series in San Francisco having won three straight and nine of 10. The NL Central leaders have limited opponents to three or fewer runs in 12 of 13 games, a trend they’ll try to continue with right-hander Zach Davies on the mound. The Giants have won six of eight and continue to be a surprise contender alongside the Dodgers and Padres in the NL West. Also, Yankees ace Gerrit Cole faces the Rays for the first time since dominating the AL East leaders last month, when he struck out 12 over eight innings in a 1-0 victory.