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06/21/2013 09:44 AM

Preview: White Sox (29-41) at Royals (34-36)
Game: 1
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: June 21, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


The last thing the Chicago White Sox need right now is a matchup with Kansas City Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.

The right-hander has completely shut down Chicago since being acquired by the Royals last summer, and he'll look to add to the visiting White Sox's woes in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.

Guthrie came to Kansas City in a deal for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on July 19, and he's gone 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in six starts against the White Sox. The Royals have won all six games, and Guthrie has allowed one run over 15 innings in winning both outings this season.

He pitched a four-hitter in his first career shutout in the last matchup May 4, walking one in a 2-0 victory in Kansas City.

"He's been tough on us," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "First, because he's good. ... He seems to pick it up when we're facing him. ... You have to pick your poison, you go after him early and then you pop it up. He's tough."

Guthrie beat Baltimore in his next start May 9 to increase his club record to 18 consecutive outings without a defeat and improve to 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA on the season. However, he's struggled since, going 2-4 with a 5.24 ERA in his past seven starts.

Guthrie (7-4, 3.72 ERA) gave up three home runs in a 5-3 loss at Tampa Bay on Saturday and leads the majors with 19 allowed.

"I'd like someone to pass me," Guthrie told the Royals' official website. "It's hard for them to pass me, I'm going real fast."

Guthrie has not allowed a home run in 44 2-3 innings against the White Sox (29-41) since joining the Royals (34-36).

Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn hit back-to-back homers in Minnesota on Thursday, but it wasn't enough as the White Sox lost 8-4.

Chicago has dropped three straight, seven of eight and 17 of 22 games. The White Sox are 12 games under .500 for the first time since the last day of the 2007 season.

"We truly feel like we're way too good to be playing like this," pitcher John Danks said. "We feel we're just as talented as any team in the league."

The Royals are 12-6 in June but have lost two in a row, falling 6-3 in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

"It's tough," left fielder Alex Gordon said. "... We would have loved to turn these last two games around. We could have. We had our opportunities and just didn't do it."

Kansas City will be facing Hector Santiago (2-5, 3.30), who has been filling in for the injured Jake Peavy. The left-hander has been in and out of the rotation this season, going 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA in seven starts.

He lost 5-4 in Houston on Sunday after giving up three runs in the second inning.

"Like I said earlier in the year, it's always one inning," Santiago told the White Sox's official website. "First, second inning I get in trouble and then I settled in, but I have to get to the point where I get through the first two innings. Get through those and it seems like we're good from there."

Santiago has not allowed a run while striking out 13 in 11 1-3 career innings against the Royals. He's made one start, allowing three hits in four innings opposite Guthrie on Sept. 9 when the Royals won 2-1 in 10 innings in Chicago.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
White Sox at Royals
Fri, Jun 21 - 8:10PM EDT

GAME 2
White Sox at Royals
Sat, Jun 22 - 2:10PM EDT

GAME 3
White Sox at Royals
Sun, Jun 23 - 2:10PM EDT

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06/21/2013 09:45 AM

Preview: Braves (43-31) at Brewers (29-42)
Game: 1
Venue: Miller Park
Date: June 21, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


At just 22 years of age, Julio Teheran could be establishing himself as one of the best young pitchers in baseball.

Looking to build on another impressive performance, Teheran tries to help the Atlanta Braves avoid a seventh consecutive road loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Six days after losing at San Diego by yielding a season worst-tying five runs in six innings of a 7-6 defeat, Teheran (5-3, 3.36 ERA) bounced back Sunday in a 3-0 win over San Francisco. The right-hander struck out eight and walked one in six innings, giving him a 2.42 ERA over his last 10 outings.

"I know that I wasn't at my best last time, and I was trying to get back on track and keep what I've been doing in my last 10 starts," he told MLB's official website.

Teheran, who has fanned 54 and walked just nine in 67 innings during his solid 10-start stretch, escaped a pair of bases-loaded jams against the Giants.

"Maturation, that's what it is," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Here's a guy that 12 starts ago, it might've blown up on him, and here's a guy that can compose himself. He's been through those situations, and he did a good job."

Teheran is set to make his first appearance against Milwaukee (29-42), which has outscored the Braves 27-9 during a six-game run at Miller Park. Although the Brewers have won three straight on their own field, they're just 7-15 there since May 1.

Sitting in a last-place tie in the NL Central, Milwaukee returns home after concluding a 4-5 road trip with what manager Ron Roenicke called the team's worst game of the year. Milwaukee went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position, and Michael Gonzalez surrendered a walkoff three-run homer in the 10th inning of Thursday's 7-4 loss at Houston.

"That's as bad as it gets," Roenicke said. "Sometimes we might lose big, or we may not pitch well, but all the things we did wrong in that game, that's a bad game."

Atlanta (43-31) is coming off its third loss in four games, falling 4-3 to the New York Mets on Thursday. Tyler Pastornicky, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton - the team's first four hitters - went a combined 9 for 19, but the Braves were 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

"That's baseball, but we're definitely not going to hang our heads," said B.J. Upton, who was 0 for 5 and stranded five runners. "We're going to bounce back, and we'll be ready to play (Friday)."

Losers in 12 of 18 on the road, the Braves will try to regroup against Wily Peralta (4-8, 6.08). He was tagged for five runs in 5 1-3 innings in Sunday's 5-1 loss at Cincinnati, dropping to 1-6 over his last eight outings.

"I think sometimes he tries to overthrow," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said of the 24-year-old right-hander. "It's a typical thing. You see it a lot in younger pitchers. They try to do too much."

Peralta has lost three consecutive home starts, compiling a 9.26 ERA while allowing 19 hits and 11 walks in 11 2-3 innings.

In his only appearance versus Atlanta, Peralta yielded one run in six innings but didn't receive a decision in a 4-1 victory Sept. 10.

Milwaukee's Juan Francisco, acquired from Atlanta on June 3 after getting designated for assignment, faces his former team for the first time. He's 6 for 38 with a homer and five RBIs in 13 games with the Brewers.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Braves at Brewers
Fri, Jun 21 - 8:10PM EDT

GAME 2
Braves at Brewers
Sat, Jun 22 - 4:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Braves at Brewers
Sun, Jun 23 - 2:10PM EDT

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06/21/2013 09:47 AM

Preview: Rangers (41-32) at Cardinals (47-26)
Game: 1
Venue: Busch Stadium
Date: June 21, 2013 8:15 PM EDT


The Texas Rangers got a much-needed boost with a successful series that ended in thrilling fashion.

That also provided a fitting prelude for a highly anticipated rematch.

In their first visit to St. Louis since a dramatic 2011 World Series, the Rangers will try to keep their momentum going against the Cardinals on Friday night.

Texas (41-32) had lost six in a row - its longest skid in three seasons - before winning three of four over AL West-leading Oakland this week. The Rangers held on for a 4-3 win in Thursday's series finale after catcher A.J. Pierzynski tagged Josh Donaldson for the game's final out.

The victory pushed Texas within one game of Oakland in the division.

"Any win right now is special, especially against a good team like the A's, especially to win the series," said shortstop Elvis Andrus, who made the relay throw to Pierzynski.

The Rangers now face the owners of the best record in the majors and visit a stadium where one of the franchise's most heartbreaking losses occurred.

Texas was one strike away from winning its first World Series title in 2011 until David Freese hit a game-tying triple in Game 6. The eventual World Series MVP also hit the winning home run in the 11th inning and had an early two-run double in a 6-2 victory in Game 7.

"It's going to be fun to go back there. I know a lot of people are going to talk about Game 6, but it's just another game in the regular season for us," Andrus told the team's website. "You kind of go back and think how close we were, but things happen for a reason. It helped us as a team, and hopefully we get in that situation soon."

Like the Rangers, the Cardinals (47-26) have won three of four this week, but their series victory came against one of the NL's worst teams - the Chicago Cubs. Matt Holliday homered and drove in two runs Thursday as St. Louis beat the Cubs 6-1.

"It was a great series. Any time you can win three of four it's really good," said Allen Craig, who had a pinch-hit, two-run single. "We played really good baseball."

Craig has 11 RBIs in his last 10 games, Holliday is batting .381 in his last 17 and now they both will try to help hand Derek Holland (5-4, 3.30 ERA) a third straight defeat.

The left-hander has been tagged for eight runs and 19 hits in 10 1-3 innings over his last two starts, losing to Cleveland and Toronto.

Holland, though, is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four road starts and 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two outings against NL opponents this season. The left-hander won his only start against St. Louis, throwing 8 1-3 scoreless innings in Game 4 of the 2011 World Series.

He'll be opposed by another struggling pitcher, Tyler Lyons (2-3, 4.65). The rookie left-hander is 0-3 with a 7.41 ERA in three starts this month after going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his first two games in the majors.

Lyons gave up a career-high six runs over 5 1-3 innings Sunday in a 7-2 loss at Miami.

The Cardinals and Rangers are meeting for only the second time in the regular season. St. Louis won two of three in Texas from June 11-13, 2004.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Rangers at Cardinals
Fri, Jun 21 - 8:15PM EDT

GAME 2
Rangers at Cardinals
Sat, Jun 22 - 7:15PM EDT

GAME 3
Rangers at Cardinals
Sun, Jun 23 - 8:05PM EDT

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06/21/2013 09:49 AM

Preview: Reds (44-30) at Diamondbacks (39-33)
Game: 1
Venue: Chase Field
Date: June 21, 2013 9:40 PM EDT


Johnny Cueto didn't appear to feel any effects from a nagging shoulder injury his last time out, but that hasn't prevented Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker from keeping a close eye on his ace.

Cueto could further alleviate Baker's concerns with another solid performance against the host Arizona Diamondbacks as the teams begin a three-game series Friday night.

In his first start since May 31 due to a strained shoulder, Cueto (4-0, 2.08 ERA) came off the disabled list and allowed one run in six innings while adding an RBI on a suicide squeeze in a 5-1 win over Milwaukee on Sunday.

He's 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA over his last three starts.

"We only had one worry with Johnny Cueto - was his (shoulder) OK," Baker said. "Other than that, we don't worry about Johnny Cueto. We have confidence in Johnny in almost everything."

Baker should feel especially confident sending the right-hander to the mound Friday. Cueto is 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA in six starts versus the Diamondbacks, who are hitting .143 against him.

However, Cueto will be monitored closely after each start in order to prevent further injury.

"At least we know what the situation is and the signs," Baker told the team's official website. "You're going to be concerned, for the lack of a better word, probably now until the end of the season."

The Reds (44-30) are coming off a four-game split of an NL Central showdown with Pittsburgh after falling 5-3 on Thursday. Jay Bruce homered to give him five over his last seven games, all solo shots.

Bruce will look to snap an 0-for-19 slump against NL West-leading Arizona as Cincinnati seeks a fifth straight victory in the series to begin a tough eight-game road trip.

The Reds also will face AL West-leading Oakland twice before a three-game set with Texas after their series with the Diamondbacks, who have won two straight following a four-game skid.

Arizona (39-33) is coming off a 3-1 win over Miami on Wednesday, as Cody Ross hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a scoreless tie.

"It hasn't been too often this year that I've contributed, so it feels nice," said Ross, who had gone hitless in his previous 13 at_bats.

Arizona's starters have largely done their part by posting a 2.14 ERA over the last six games, though the team has averaged 2.3 runs in that stretch.

"Our pitching has done great keeping us in games even though we haven't scored many runs," first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who is hitting .143 over his last 13 games, told the team's official website. "They've done a good job keeping it close and giving us an opportunity to score at the end."

Wade Miley, who went 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA over his first seven starts but has gone 1-5 with a 6.47 ERA in seven outings since, takes the hill Friday.

Miley (4-6, 4.64) allowed six runs, though only one was earned, in six innings of Saturday's 6-4 loss at San Diego.

"When things don't go your way, it's tough," catcher Miguel Montero said of Miley.

The left-hander made two starts against the Reds last season, giving up three runs and striking out six in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 win July 16 before falling 5-2 on Aug. 28 after allowing three runs in seven innings.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Reds at Diamondbacks
Fri, Jun 21 - 9:40PM EDT

GAME 2
Reds at Diamondbacks
Sat, Jun 22 - 7:15PM EDT

GAME 3
Reds at Diamondbacks
Sun, Jun 23 - 4:10PM EDT

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06/21/2013 09:51 AM

Preview: Pirates (43-30) at Angels (33-40)
Game: 1
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: June 21, 2013 10:05 PM EDT


After successfully handling his first two major league starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole makes his first road appearance near his hometown.

The first overall pick of the 2011 draft looks to begin his career 3-0 on Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels, who hope star Jered Weaver can continue his recent interleague success and avoid a third straight loss.

Cole (2-0, 3.75 ERA) has allowed five runs and 14 hits without a walk through 12 innings after two starts. The right-hander gave up three of those runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

The southern California native is set to make his first road start in Anaheim, a short drive from where he attended high school.

"That's gonna be pretty fun," Cole told the Pirates' official website. "I hope I can go out there and keep doing what I've been doing and have the ball roll our way."

These teams have not met since 2007, but Los Angeles (33-40) is 6-3 against the Pirates, with five of those wins coming over six home contests.

Pittsburgh (43-30), however, won for the eighth time in 13 games Thursday, beating Cincinnati 5-3 to split a four-game set. Pedro Alvarez drove in all five runs with a solo homer, a bases-loaded double and a single to raise his average from .214 to .223 in a few hours.

Alvarez has six home runs and 19 RBIs over his last 17 games while batting .290.

"I just think it's repetition and getting the opportunity to go out and try to gain as much experience as I can from every day out there," said Alvarez, the team leader with 15 homers and 43 RBIs.

Weaver (1-3, 4.41) is 8-0 with a 1.91 ERA in his last 13 interleague starts, but he's never faced the Pirates and is trying to avoid losing three consecutive starts for the first time since May 2011.

The right-hander allowed two earned runs over 12 innings to go 1-0 in his first two outings after missing almost two months with a broken elbow, but he's since yielded nine runs over 11 2-3 frames. He gave up five runs and walked four in six innings of a 6-5 home loss to the New York Yankees on Sunday.

"I didn't really accomplish anything that I try to accomplish through the course of a game," Weaver said. "Walks were bad, first-pitch strikes were bad, and I obviously didn't get deep in the game. It's just one of those games where I found myself battling the whole game."

He'll try to get back on track and help the Angels build on a remarkable 10-9 victory over Seattle on Thursday. Mike Trout had four hits and Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer for Los Angeles, which rallied from a seven-run deficit and scored seven off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez to win for the sixth time in eight contests.

The Angels trailed 9-8 in the eighth, but got a tying single from Erick Aybar and went ahead on Alberto Callaspo's bases-loaded walk with two outs.

"We just battled all night and we came out with a W," said Peter Bourjos, who went 3 for 4 with a home run. "Everybody did a phenomenal job."

Trout is batting .542 with nine walks in the last seven games, but he's 2 for 19 in his last five interleague contests.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Pirates at Angels
Fri, Jun 21 - 10:05PM EDT

GAME 2
Pirates at Angels
Sat, Jun 22 - 10:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Pirates at Angels
Sun, Jun 23 - 3:35PM EDT

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06/21/2013 09:53 AM

Preview: Athletics (43-32) at Mariners (32-42)
Game: 1
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: June 21, 2013 10:10 PM EDT


Last weekend's visit from the Seattle Mariners proved to be the beginning of the Oakland Athletics' current rough stretch. The A's only victory during that set came when Bartolo Colon outpitched Hisashi Iwakuma in the finale.

The 40-year-old Colon looks to win seven straight starts for the first time in his 16-year career Friday night against Iwakuma and the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Oakland (43-32) has dropped five of seven and after losing three of four at Texas, holds a one-game lead over the Rangers in the AL West.

Seattle (32-42) outscored the A's 7-2 to win the first two at the Coliseum before Colon (9-2, 2.89 ERA) allowed two runs over seven innings of a 10-2 victory Sunday.

Despite that win, Oakland has lost six of 10 to Seattle in 2013.

"(The Mariners are) a good team," manager Bob Melvin told the Athletics' official website. "We seem to get Felix (Hernandez) quite often. Iwakuma's pitching well. We've seen him a few times too. That may have something to do with it. But they've also been opportunistic offensively against us."

Colon, however, is 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA in his last three starts versus Seattle, and has yielded two runs or fewer in five of his last six matchups. The right-hander has also yielded five runs over 43 innings while winning six consecutive starts for the first time since July 9-Aug. 7, 2004.

"I've run out of superlatives for him," Melvin said. "I think, as consistent as he's been for us, we feel great every time he takes the mound."

Iwakuma (7-2, 2.06) had a string of 31 2-3 innings without allowing an earned run come to an end Sunday when he gave up four in five frames to also snap a five-game winning streak.

"He's not going to be perfect every time,' Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of the right-hander, who dropped to 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA against the A's this season. "This was a tough outing for him.

Iwakuma also understands he can't get too careless when opposing a pitcher like Colon.

"You have to be patient as a starter,' Iwakuma said. "You know runs will be tough against a pitcher like Bartolo Colon, but I was not able to come through in tough situations.'

Yoenis Cespedes is batting .417 (5 for 12) with two homers and two doubles against Iwakuma, but is 3 for 26 with 13 strikeouts in Oakland's last seven road games.

Josh Donaldson had three hits for Oakland on Thursday, but was thrown out at the plate for the final out of a 4-3 loss to the Rangers. The A's held one-run leads in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but lost for the fifth time in six road contests.

"That was as frustrating as any loss we've had,' Melvin said. "They played hard on every single pitch and every single out, but it seemed everything that could go wrong did go wrong.'

Donaldson is 2 for 10 versus Iwakuma, but has batted .368 (7 for 19) in the last five games.

Seattle's Kyle Seager is 2 for 16 in the last five games versus Oakland and 3 for 15 against Colon, but had four hits, including a two-run homer in Thursday's 10-9 loss at Los Angeles. The Mariners blew a pair of seven-run leads to lose for the fourth time in five games since the back-to-back wins at Oakland.

"It's a tough game from an emotional standpoint,' Wedge said.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Athletics at Mariners
Fri, Jun 21 - 10:10PM EDT

GAME 2
Athletics at Mariners
Sat, Jun 22 - 10:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Athletics at Mariners
Sun, Jun 23 - 4:10PM EDT

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06/21/2013 09:55 AM

Preview: Dodgers (30-41) at Padres (37-36)
Game: 2
Venue: PETCO Park
Date: June 21, 2013 10:10 PM EDT


Mired in his longest winless stretch in four seasons, Clayton Kershaw might normally be looking forward to facing the San Diego Padres.

Manager Bud Black's team, though, has already gotten the best of him twice this year.

Kershaw tries to avoid losing a career-worst third consecutive start to the surging Padres, who look to continue their recent success against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Owner of the NL's lowest ERA, Kershaw (5-4, 1.84 ERA) allowed three hits and struck out eight over seven innings of one-run ball during Saturday's 5-3, 11-inning victory at Pittsburgh. The former Cy Young award winner was in line for the win before Kenley Jansen blew the save.

"It's a little disappointing that he didn't get the win because he deserved it," outfielder Andre Ethier said of Kershaw. "When you see them score a run in the ninth, it's a little sickening feeling that one got away from him."

Kershaw is 0-2 with a 2.91 ERA over his last five outings - his longest winless stretch since going 0-3 with a 2.60 ERA over his final 11 starts in 2009.

"You control what you can control. It's not easy to do sometimes," he told MLB's official website. "But you control what you can control and that's what I'm trying to do."

Kershaw entered 2013 having gone 8-3 with a 2.28 ERA over 17 matchups versus San Diego (37-36) before dropping a pair of home starts while posting an uncharacteristic 3.97 ERA. He's, however, 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA in seven outings at Petco Park, allowing two runs or fewer in each.

Chase Headley is 8 for 42 against Kershaw and Kyle Blanks is 3 for 16, though one of those hits was a homer.

The Padres took the opener of this four-game set 6-3 on Thursday, their eighth win in 10 games. Acquired from Boston last Friday, Pedro Ciriaco went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs for San Diego, which has hit .320 and outscored the Dodgers 42-23 in taking five of seven in the series.

Los Angeles (30-41), meanwhile, failed to take advantage of Yasiel Puig's sixth homer - three of which have come against the Padres. The Dodgers have dropped eight of 11 overall and 15 of 20 on the road.

They'll try to turn things around against San Diego's Clayton Richard (2-5, 7.01), who shut down Arizona in Sunday's 4-1 win. The left-hander allowed one run, seven hits and no walks over a season-high eight innings, earning his first victory as a starter.

"Clayton threw extremely well," Black said. "I thought he had good command of the fastball down in the zone, which is something he hasn't always had this season. He had good action with all of his pitches, which is what we expect of him every time out."

Richard is winless in his last five outings against Los Angeles, going 0-2 with a 6.12 ERA. He was tagged for six runs in 4 1-3 innings at Dodger Stadium on June 4, giving up a three-run homer to Puig.

Richard will also need to be cautious against Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, who are a combined 17 for 24 in their matchups. Juan Uribe has fared well, too, going 12 for 30 with three homers.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Dodgers at Padres
Thu, Jun 20 Final 3 to 6
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Dodgers at Padres
Fri, Jun 21 - 10:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Dodgers at Padres
Sat, Jun 22 - 7:15PM EDT

GAME 4
Dodgers at Padres
Sun, Jun 23 - 4:10PM EDT

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06/21/2013 09:57 AM

Preview: Marlins (23-49) at Giants (37-35)
Game: 2
Venue: AT&T Park
Date: June 21, 2013 10:15 PM EDT


The Miami Marlins added to their dominance over San Francisco by quieting its red-hot hitters. That might continue if Ricky Nolasco can duplicate his recent efforts against the Giants.

Nolasco will seek to lead the Marlins to a ninth straight win in San Francisco on Friday night while improving to 5-0 there all-time.

The Giants (37-35) entered Thursday's series opener having batted .320 while scoring 59 runs in their prior 11 games. San Francisco, though, was limited to four hits in a 2-1 defeat to Miami (23-49).

In his first career pinch-hit at-bat, the Marlins' Marcell Ozuna had a two-run single in the eighth inning to keep his team's win streak at AT&T Park intact. The victory was also their 11th in the last 15 overall matchups with the Giants.

"He's a pretty good pinch hitter," manager Mike Redmond said.

With Nolasco starting Friday, Miami would appear to have a good chance to beat San Francisco again. In eight career starts against the Giants, the right-hander is 5-3 with a 1.83 ERA - his lowest ERA against any team he has faced more than twice.

Nolasco, who has won four of his last five decisions in the series, is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his four all-time games in San Francisco, easily his best showing in any stadium.

"I wish I could tell you what it was," he told the team's website. "If I knew what it was, I'd try to do it in every ballpark."

Nolasco (4-7, 3.61 ERA) is coming off only his second win in nine starts, a 7-2 victory against St. Louis on Sunday. He gave up one run and three hits over seven innings and got the rare benefit of some generous run support.

Nolasco had been given a combined seven runs in his previous eight starts.

"It helps a ton," he said. "It just changes everything and the way you pitch and your approach."

The Marlins don't appear poised to repeat that effort considering in four games since they're batting .171 and have scored eight runs. They also have to face Tim Lincecum (4-7, 4.57), who has pitched well this month but is still having trouble getting enough support from his teammates.

The right-hander has posted a 2.55 ERA in his last three outings but is 1-2. He allowed three runs in six innings against Atlanta on Sunday and was saddled with a 3-0 loss.

Lincecum has received a combined four runs in his last six games and none in each of his past two.

"I was proud of how he battled out there," manager Bruce Bochy told the team's website. "He didn't let the game get away from us. He ended up throwing a pretty good game. We just didn't do anything with the bats."

Lincecum is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins but gave up six runs over 5 2-3 innings in his most recent matchup, a 7-6 defeat in Miami on May 25, 2012.

San Francisco's Joaquin Arias, currently riding an 11-game hit streak, went 0 for 3 in his only matchup against Nolasco last season.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Marlins at Giants
Thu, Jun 20 Final 2 to 1
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Marlins at Giants
Fri, Jun 21 - 10:15PM EDT

GAME 3
Marlins at Giants
Sat, Jun 22 - 4:05PM EDT

GAME 4
Marlins at Giants
Sun, Jun 23 - 4:05PM EDT

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06/21/2013 09:58 AM

Diamond Trends - Friday

June 21, 2013

SU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Orioles are 10-0 since September 07, 2011 on the road past the first three games of the season vs a team that has won at least their last three games for a net profit of $1280.

OU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Athletics are 10-0 OU since April 05, 2013 on the road if not a dog of more than +130 it is the first game of the series for a net profit of $1000 when playing the over.

PITCHER TREND OF THE DAY:

-- When Jered Weaver starts the Angels are 19-0 since September 04, 2006 as a favorite of less tha -200 after he had a WHIP of at least 1.8 his last start for a net profit of $2100.

MLB BIBLE ACTIVE TREND:

-- The Phillies are 0-8 (+$835) since 2005 after a game where they struck out at least 15 times.

ACTIVE TRENDS:

-- The Indians are 0-8 OU since August 01, 2009 at home if not favored by -145 or more after a win in which they allowed 12+ hits and it is not the last game of a series for a net profit of $800 when playing the under.

-- The Cardinals are 8-0 since April 12, 2013 and when they left between 14 and 24 men on base individually it is the first game of the series for a net profit of $800.

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06/21/2013 10:01 AM

MLB
Dunkel

Cincinnati at Arizona
The Reds look to take advantage of an Arizona team that is 2-9 in Wade Miley's last 11 starts against teams with a winning record. Cincinnati is the pick (-135) according to Dunkel, which has the Reds favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-135). Here are all of today's picks.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21

Game 951-952: Colorado at Washington (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Colorado (Chatwood) 14.471; Washington (Strasburg) 16.460
Dunkel Line: Washington by 2; 5
Vegas Line: Washington (-175); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-175); Under

Game 953-954: NY Mets at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Hefner) 15.278; Philadelphia (Hamels) 13.756
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-175); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (+155); Over

Game 955-956: Atlanta at Milwaukee (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Atlanta (Teheran) 14.740; Milwaukee (Peralta) 15.682
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-140); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+120); Over

Game 957-958: Cincinnati at Arizona (9:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Cueto) 15.994; Arizona (Miley) 14.376
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-135); 8
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (-135); Under

Game 959-960: LA Dodgers at San Diego (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Kershaw) 14.832; San Diego (Richard) 16.107
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-165); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: San Diego (+145); Over

Game 961-962: Miami at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Miami (Nolasco) 15.711; San Francisco (Lincecum) 14.571
Dunkel Line: Miami by 1; 6
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-165); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Miami (+145); Under

Game 963-964: Tampa Bay at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Hernandez) 13.157; NY Yankees (Phelps) 14.558
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-125); Under

Game 965-966: Baltimore at Toronto (7:07 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Baltimore (Hammel) 16.763; Toronto (Dickey) 15.155
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Toronto (-140); 9
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+120); Over

Game 967-968: Boston at Detroit (7:08 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Lester) 15.870; Detroit (Fister) 15.323
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Detroit (-145); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Boston (+125); Over

Game 969-970: Minnesota at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Deduno) 15.377; Cleveland (Kazmir) 17.291
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 2; 8
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-125); 9
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-125); Under

Game 971-972: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Santiago) 15.039; Kansas City (Guthrie) 14.028
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-145); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (+125); Under

Game 973-974: Oakland at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Colon) 14.044; Seattle (Iwakuma) 15.479
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Oakland (-115); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (-105); Over

Game 975-976: Houston at Chicago Cubs (2:20 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Keuchel) 15.690; Cubs (Garza) 14.144
Dunkel Line: Houston by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-175); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: Houston (+155); N/A

Game 977-978: Texas at St. Louis (8:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Texas (Holland) 14.110; St. Louis (Lyons) 16.646
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 2 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-125); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-125); Under

Game 979-980: Pittsburgh at LA Angels (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Cole) 15.644; LA Angels (Weaver) 16.966
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-160); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-160); Under
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