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Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

06/24/13 5-­3-­0 62.50% +­1025 Detail
06/23/13 14-­16-­0 46.67% -­1265 Detail
06/22/13 14-­13-­0 51.85% +­655 Detail
06/21/13 18-­11-­0 62.07% +­3920 Detail
06/20/13 15-­8-­1 65.22% +­2935 Detail
06/19/13 16-­16-­0 50.00% -­365 Detail
06/18/13 13-­16-­3 44.83% -­1845 Detail
06/17/13 12-­11-­1 52.17% +­695 Detail
06/16/13 16-­10-­2 61.54% +­2760 Detail
06/15/13 14-­14-­2 50.00% -­685 Detail
06/14/13 14-­16-­0 46.67% -­970 Detail
06/13/13 11-­6-­0 64.71% +­2630 Detail
06/12/13 21-­7-­0 75.00% +­6755 Detail
06/11/13 15-­15-­0 50.00% -­930 Detail
06/10/13 10-­9-­1 52.63% +­530 Detail
06/09/13 11-­16-­0 40.74% -­3630 Detail
06/07/13 9-­14-­0 39.13% -­3335 Detail
06/06/13 9-­11-­0 45.00% -­1335 Detail
06/05/13 16-­14-­0 53.33% +­750 Detail
06/04/13 9-­21-­0 30.00% -­6465 Detail
06/03/13 12-­6-­0 66.67% +­3305 Detail
06/02/13 15-­12-­0 55.56% +­1920 Detail
06/01/13 15-­17-­0 46.88% -­1365 Detail

Totals 304-­282-­10 51.88% +5690


Tuesday, June 25

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Cleveland - 7:05 PM ET Baltimore -133 500
Baltimore - Under 9 500

Arizona - 7:05 PM ET Arizona +128 500 POD # 2
Washington - Over 7.5 500

Texas - 7:05 PM ET NY Yankees +109 500 POD # 3
NY Yankees - Under 7.5 500

LA Angels - 7:08 PM ET Detroit -128 500
Detroit - Under 9 500

Colorado - 7:10 PM ET Boston -171 500
Boston - Under 9.5 500

Minnesota - 7:10 PM ET Minnesota +106 500 POD # 5
Miami - Over 7 500

Toronto - 7:10 PM ET Tampa Bay -133 500
Tampa Bay - Under 8 500

Atlanta - 8:10 PM ET Kansas City -110 500
Kansas City - Under 7.5 500

NY Mets - 8:10 PM ET NY Mets +157 500 POD # 4
Chi. White Sox - Under 7.5 500

Chi. Cubs - 8:10 PM ET Chi. Cubs +120 500 POD # 6
Milwaukee - Over 8 500

St. Louis - 8:10 PM ET Houston +139 500 POD # 7
Houston - Over 9 500

Cincinnati - 10:05 PM ET Cincinnati +136 500 POD # 1
Oakland - Over 7.5 500

San Francisco - 10:10 PM ET LA Dodgers -126 500
LA Dodgers - Over 7.5 500

Philadelphia - 10:10 PM ET San Diego -117 500
San Diego - Under 7.5 500

Pittsburgh - 10:10 PM ET Pittsburgh -114 500
Seattle - Under 7 500

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06/26/2013 11:06 AM

Preview: Blue Jays (38-38) at Rays (41-37)
Game: 3
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: June 26, 2013 12:10 PM EDT


The return of star Jose Reyes might be what the Toronto Blue Jays need to help avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Out since mid-April with a sprained left ankle, the veteran shortstop will be activated from the disabled Wednesday when the visiting Blue Jays try to salvage the finale against a Rays team looking for its fourth consecutive win.

Toronto (38-38) entered this series averaging 6.4 runs and 8.7 hits during a franchise-tying 11-game winning streak, but it's totaled two and 10 hits in the first two. Losers in four straight at Tropicana Field, the Blue Jays have not won any of its last 19 road series against the Rays (41-37).

Reyes, however, could provide a spark to help the club get back on track.

"I'm very excited about it,' he said. "I missed two months of doing what I love to do and now I know I'm going to be on the field one more time around my team."

Reyes hit .395 with a homer and five RBIs in 10 games when he was injured April 12 at Kansas City.

"He's one of those centerpieces of our team,' manager John Gibbons said. "Before he got hurt he was great. He was playing really well. He's been gone a while and now maybe he can put us over the top. We'll see.'

Scheduled starter R.A. Dickey (6-8, 5.15 ERA) was another of Toronto's high-profile offseason acquisitions but has been inconsistent in 2013.

The knuckleballer is 2-1 in four June starts despite a 5.01 ERA over those outings. He gave up a run in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-1 win at Texas on June 15, then allowed six and three home runs in six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 7-6 win over Baltimore on Friday.

"I had a pretty good knuckleball going into the game, threw a couple of hangers up there and they got punished in bad situations,' he said.

The right-hander has allowed 10 hits and no homers while going 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his last three starts versus Tampa Bay. He's yielded six runs - four earned - and worked around nine walks in 14 innings to go 1-0 against the Rays in 2013.

Slugger Jose Bautista went 0 for 3 in Tuesday's 5-1 defeat, and is 1 for 15 in the last four at Tropicana Field.

Wil Myers drove in his eighth run in nine career games for Rays, who have won five of seven. He's 3 for 8 and also has a homer in the series.

Tampa Bay's Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 5.14) looks to avoid losing three straight starts for the second time in 2013. The right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits in seven innings of a 6-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on Friday.

Hernandez is 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA in seven starts versus Toronto. He gave up a solo homer to Adam Lind, four other hits and struck out seven in six innings before leaving without a decision in a 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays on May 7.

He's yielded two earned runs and eight hits over 14 2-3 innings to win both of his interleague starts in 2013.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Blue Jays at Rays
Mon, Jun 24 Final 1 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Blue Jays at Rays
Tue, Jun 25 Final 1 to 5
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Blue Jays at Rays
Wed, Jun 26 - 12:10PM EDT

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06/26/2013 11:07 AM

Preview: Twins (34-39) at Marlins (26-50)
Game: 2
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: June 26, 2013 12:40 PM EDT


Now that Tom Koehler finally earned his first career victory, he'll try to accomplish what a Miami Marlins starter has only done twice this season: win a second straight start.

Miami sends Koehler to the mound Wednesday as it hosts the Minnesota Twins, whose recently hot offense was quieted in Tuesday's series opener.

The eight-start winless streak by Koehler (1-5, 4.65 ERA) was the third-longest to begin a Marlins career. He put it to rest in a 2-1 victory at San Francisco on Thursday, allowing one run over seven innings of three-hit ball.

"Other than the day I met my wife, this is probably the happiest moment of my life. Definitely the happiest baseball moment," said Koehler, who turns 27 on Saturday.

Ricky Nolasco and Jose Fernandez are the only Miami starters to win two consecutive outings this season. Koehler had appeared in 21 games for the Marlins (26-50) before finally getting a victory.

"It definitely didn't weigh on my confidence, but to say I didn't think about it would be a lie," said Koehler, who allowed a career-worst nine runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings against St. Louis in his previous start. "Every time I went out there I wanted to win the game. I was wondering what it would take to do it."

Marcell Ozuna, whose two-run single in the eighth inning Thursday helped Koehler secure his win, also drove in two runs in a 4-2 victory Tuesday. The rookie outfielder is 21 for 48 (.438) with runners in scoring position.

"He's put together a lot of great at_bats, big at_bats, and he did again tonight," manager Mike Redmond said of Ozuna, who has eight RBIs over his last five games.

The Twins (34-39) scored 43 runs while going 5-3 from June 15-23, tied for the fifth-most in baseball during that stretch, before struggling Tuesday as they were held to one extra-base hit.

Joe Mauer didn't cool off, though, going 2 for 4 and now batting .419 during a seven-game hitting streak. He's hit .462 in his last seven interleague games and .375 in six career matchups with the Marlins.

Minnesota scheduled starter Scott Diamond (5-6, 5.27) has had a particularly tough time against NL competition this season, going 0-2 with a 9.22 ERA in three starts and yielding 26 hits in 13 2-3 innings.

He's given up 13 earned runs over 15 innings in his last three starts on the road, where he began the season 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA.

The left-hander earned just his second win in eight starts Thursday in an 8-4 home victory over the White Sox. He gave up four runs, with three earned all coming in the sixth of a 5 1-3-innings effort.

Diamond has failed to finish the sixth inning in seven of his last eight starts.

"Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way it went," Diamond told the team's official website. "The numbers don't look the best, but I'm happy with how I progressed through the game."

Logan Morrison was 2 for 4 on Tuesday, his fifth two-hit performance through 11 games since returning from knee surgery.

The Marlins are 2-8 in interleague play this year.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Twins at Marlins
Tue, Jun 25 Final 2 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Twins at Marlins
Wed, Jun 26 - 12:40PM EDT

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06/26/2013 11:09 AM

Preview: Reds (45-33) at Athletics (45-34)
Game: 2
Venue: O.co Coliseum
Date: June 26, 2013 3:35 PM EDT


Interleague play continues to bring out the best in the Oakland Athletics.

The A's look for a fifth consecutive home victory over an NL opponent in the finale of their brief set with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Oakland (45-34) lost seven of 10 and was coming off a 2-5 trip when it broke out for a 7-3 win over Cincinnati on Tuesday. Third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, catcher Stephen Vogt recorded his first career RBI and five relievers held the Reds (45-33) to four hits over 4 1-3 scoreless innings.

"That's what we need, every guy on this team needs to contribute," said Donaldson, who is batting .438 with two home runs and seven RBIs against NL opponents this season.

Oakland has won 15 of 20 interleague contests and has outscored its NL foes 47-25 while going 6-2 this season. The A's, who face St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs on the homestand, have won 18 of 24 interleague games at the Coliseum.

Playing for the first time this season, Vogt came through with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, but is still 0 for 28 in 19 career games. Since 1990, the only longer hitless streak to open a career was 33 at_bats by Oakland's Chris Carter in 2010.

Scheduled Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (5-6, 3.90 ERA) is 0-3 with a 4.02 ERA in his last five starts. Though the A's are 0-5 in those games, the right-hander allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-3 loss at Texas on Thursday.

"He gave us 100 pitches and put us in a position where we were ahead, so you can't ask for much more," manager Bob Melvin told the Athletics' official website.

Griffin has given up four home runs in three games to match the total he allowed in the previous five.

He'll make his first start against Cincinnati (45-33), which recorded 10 hits and stranded 11 runners while losing for the fourth time in five contests.

Derrick Robinson had four hits and Joey Votto homered for the Reds, who chased starter Tommy Milone after 4 2-3 innings but did little against Oakland's bullpen.

"Tough game,' manager Dusty Baker said. "We outhit them and we left a lot of men on base.'

Votto is batting .400 (14 for 35) with three homers and five RBIs in nine games, while Robinson has hit .346 in his last seven.

Teammate Jay Bruce hit .340 with eight homers in 11 games before he went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts Tuesday. He's 4 for 32 without a home run and has fanned 13 times against AL opponents this season.

Homer Bailey (4-5, 3.75) takes the mound for the Reds after he allowed two runs and struck out eight but needed 113 pitches to get through six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday.

"I was only pitching with a fastball,' he said. "They hit a lot of foul balls, and that drove up the pitch count."

The right-hander's only appearance versus Oakland came during his rookie 2007 season, when he allowed a run and two hits in seven innings of a 5-2 victory at the Coliseum.

Cincinnati is without second baseman Brandon Phillips, who is on the paternity list and not expected to join the team until Friday at Texas.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Reds at Athletics
Tue, Jun 25 Final 3 to 7
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Reds at Athletics
Wed, Jun 26 - 3:35PM EDT

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06/26/2013 11:11 AM

Preview: Pirates (47-30) at Mariners (34-44)
Game: 2
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: June 26, 2013 3:40 PM EDT


The Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez was uncharacteristically knocked around last week, but he's been especially good in two career matchups against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Looking to bounce back from one of his worst performances of the year, Hernandez and the Mariners try to avoid a two-game home sweep to the surging Pirates on Wednesday.

After going 3-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his previous four outings, Hernandez (8-4, 2.71 ERA) yielded season highs of seven runs and 12 hits in five innings Thursday in a 10-9 road defeat to the Los Angeles Angels. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner, who had only allowed six homers in his first 15 starts, was taken deep twice and struck out a season-low two but didn't get a decision.

"He just had a bad day, and they started squaring him up," manager Eric Wedge told MLB's official website. "He's human. Every now and again you see that he is human, and it's the big leagues and he just had a bad day."

Hernandez, in contrast, has had his way with Pittsburgh (47-30). The right-hander has gone eight innings in each of his two starts in the series, winning both while compiling a 0.56 ERA. He gave up one run and six hits May 8 in a 2-1 win at PNC Park.

"He never hit that other gear with the velocity," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Hernandez, who's allowed one run in each of his last four interleague starts spanning 30 innings. "But the spin and the sequences, the breaking ball to right-handed hitters and the change to left-handers ... still filthy."

Getting the best of Pittsburgh again may not prove as easy this time around. Starling Marte hit a pair of homers and tripled and Brandon Inge, Russell Martin and Gaby Sanchez also went deep as the Pirates posted their season-high fifth consecutive win, 9-4 on Tuesday.

"They always say that hitting is contagious. It's true, when one guys goes, another one goes,' Inge said. "It's something we just rolled with.'

Pittsburgh has averaged 7.0 runs and clubbed 12 homers during its run.

Sanchez is 6 for 13 with two home runs in the last three contests, and Pedro Alvarez is batting .378 with five homers and 13 RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak.

Inge and Martin are a combined 7 for 39 (.179) with 15 strikeouts against Hernandez. Travis Snider is 1 for 12.

The Pirates give the ball to Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 3.07), who's expected to come off the disabled list following a three-week absence. The right-hander allowed a season-high four earned runs before being removed after the first inning with forearm tightness June 2 in a 5-4, 11-inning win over Cincinnati.

In his final rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis last Wednesday, Gomez struck out four and didn't allow a hit over five scoreless innings.

He yielded two hits and two walks over five scoreless innings in a 4-1 victory over Seattle on May 7, improving to 1-1 with a 1.64 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners.

After placing Franklin Gutierrez back on the disabled list with another hamstring issue, Seattle (34-44) recalled Dustin Ackley on Tuesday. Ackley, who was sent down May 26 after hitting .205 in 45 games, posted a .365 average and 21 runs in 25 contests with Triple-A Tacoma.

"He's earned it," Wedge said of Ackley's return. "You look at his at_bats and the consistency down there, I think he's taken care of some things mentally that he needed to get beyond. And it's paid for him. He's a hitter. He's always hit. He's going to hit. He just needed to get back to where he needed to get to."

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Pirates at Mariners
Tue, Jun 25 Final 9 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Pirates at Mariners
Wed, Jun 26 - 3:40PM EDT

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06/26/2013 11:12 AM

Preview: Rockies (39-39) at Red Sox (46-33)
Game: 2
Venue: Fenway Park
Date: June 26, 2013 4:05 PM EDT


Though he lost his season debut last week, Roy Oswalt appears capable of giving the Colorado Rockies a lift going forward.

Manager Walt Weiss' club could surely use a boost.

The slumping Rockies try to avoid a two-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox as they conclude a disappointing nine-game road trip Wednesday.

Signed to a minor league contract May 2, Oswalt (0-1, 7.20 ERA) went 3-2 with a 2.16 ERA in five starts for Double-A Tulsa before getting called up Thursday. The three-time All-Star allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings during a 5-1 defeat at Washington that night, but he struck out 11 - one shy of his career high - and didn't walk anyone.

"I'm not going to come up here and embarrass myself. If I felt like I couldn't give a team a chance to win I wouldn't come back. I feel like I can still start," he said. "Overall felt pretty well just, it's hard to say this, but really too many strikeouts. Kind of got my pitch count up and I was trying to get deeper into the game."

The 35-year-old right-hander threw 70 of his 101 pitches for strikes.

"He's still got it," Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "His fastball has some life to it. It looked like he had a pretty good curveball going. He's still got it in the tank, that's for sure."

In his only appearance versus Boston (46-33), Oswalt yielded four runs in 1 1-3 innings of relief during a 10-9 road win Aug. 8, while with Texas.

Losers in nine of 13, the Rockies (39-39) dropped to 2-6 on their trek following Tuesday's 11-4 defeat. Wilin Rosario had three hits - including his 12th homer - but Colorado went 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

Boston, meanwhile, went 9 for 20 in such situations and collected a season-high 20 hits. One of four players to record three hits, Dustin Pedroia drove in a season-high four runs and scored twice.

"It's a good hitting club," Weiss said of the Red Sox, who have hit .315 in winning 11 of 15 at home by a 99-55 margin. "You've really got to command your stuff with that lineup or they make you pay."

Boston now turns to John Lackey (4-5, 3.03), who allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings Thursday in a 4-3 walkoff loss at Detroit. The right-hander, who was in line for the win before Andrew Bailey blew the save, is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA over his last seven outings.

"I feel pretty good. I threw the ball pretty good," he told MLB's official website. "I was able to locate some offspeed stuff and the fastball for the most part. I've been feeling pretty good for a while now. I'm just trying to pound the zone and throw strikes and try to get ground balls and get us as deep in the game as I can."

Lackey has been especially good at home, going 2-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 25 strikeouts in four starts spanning 26 innings. He's 1-0 despite a 4.91 ERA in two starts against the Rockies, though he hasn't faced them since 2010. Michael Cuddyer has given him trouble, going 6 for his last 16 with three homers in their matchups.

Cuddyer is batting .370 with three homers and 14 RBIs during a career-high 22-game hitting streak - the longest in the majors this season.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Rockies at Red Sox
Tue, Jun 25 Final 4 to 11
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Rockies at Red Sox
Wed, Jun 26 - 4:05PM EDT

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06/26/2013 11:17 AM

Preview: Angels (34-43) at Tigers (42-33)
Game: 2
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: June 26, 2013 7:08 PM EDT


Jose Alvarez impressed in his first two big league starts.

Now, he'll have to deal with the Los Angeles Angels, who have recently looked more like the offensive juggernaut many expected them to be this season.

The Detroit Tigers look to bounce back from a six-error performance in Tuesday's series-opening defeat as they send Alvarez to the mound against Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Alvarez (1-0, 2.45 ERA) had his contract purchased from Triple-A Toledo earlier this month as a temporary replacement in Detroit's rotation for the injured Anibal Sanchez.

The left-hander has responded by limiting opponents to three runs over 11 innings in two starts with 10 strikeouts. He did not get a decision his last time out in a 4-3 win over Boston on Thursday.

Wednesday could prove to be Alvarez's toughest challenge yet if a 14-8 win in the opener by the Angels (34-33) - their seventh straight victory over Detroit - is any indication. It was the fifth time in 12 contests, a span in which Los Angeles has hit .311, tallied at least nine runs. They had four such outbursts in the previous 65 games.

J.B. Shuck was 3 for 5 with a career-high four RBIs, while Josh Hamilton - starting for the first time in four games after dealing with a sore right wrist - singled in each of his first three at_bats and scored three runs. Hamilton is still hitting .214 and slugging .382, both career lows.

But Tuesday's 3-for-5 performance after an 0-for-15 slump seemed encouraging. Hamilton recorded three games with three or more hits in his previous 72 contests, but they all came in April.

Six errors for the Tigers (42-33) were the most in the majors since Pittsburgh committed seven in a 12-2 loss to the Cubs on Sept. 7.

Miguel Cabrera homered for the 21st time, tying Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Gonzalez for the second-most in baseball, but also committed two errors.

"It was just an ugly night for us," manager Jim Leyland said. "Obviously, they hit the ball all over the place and we didn't make some plays."

Angels scheduled starter Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.10) was the beneficiary of another big offensive performance in his last start. Los Angeles came from behind to win 10-9 at Seattle on Thursday, bailing out the right-hander from a loss after he surrendered seven runs and six hits in two-plus innings.

"I think I was just pulling my pitches," he told the team's official website. "They were getting too much of the plate and they let me know."

Hanson threw six shutout innings against the Tigers for his second win of the season April 19, an 8-1 Angels victory.

Los Angeles could get another hot bat in its lineup Wednesday in Peter Bourjos. Bourjos told the team's official website he hoped to play after sitting out Tuesday due to a bruised left thumb he suffered on a slide Sunday. An MRI on Monday showed no structural damage for Bourjos, who is batting .406 over his last nine games and .331 on the season. He already spent over a month on the disabled list earlier this year due to a strained hamstring.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Angels at Tigers
Tue, Jun 25 Final 14 to 8
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Angels at Tigers
Wed, Jun 26 - 7:08PM EDT

GAME 3
Angels at Tigers
Thu, Jun 27 - 1:08PM EDT

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06/26/2013 11:18 AM

Preview: Rangers (44-33) at Yankees (42-34)
Game: 2
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Date: June 26, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


The New York Yankees are hoping to continue their turnaround by adding to their recent dominance against the Texas Rangers. Andy Pettitte is seeking to start his Wednesday night.

Winless since his 250th career victory, Pettitte will try to end his woes by leading the Yankees to another win over the Rangers.

At one point during its 10-game homestand, New York (42-34) suffered its seventh loss in nine contests but has gotten back on track by winning three of its last four. The Yankees have batted .254 and scored 18 runs in those four games after hitting .194 and producing 27 runs during their 2-7 stretch.

They also have a 3.00 ERA in the past four contests after posting a 5.06 mark in the previous nine.

New York's pitchers managed to keep Texas from adding to a two-run lead Tuesday, and that allowed the Yankees to rally for a 4-3 victory. Ichiro Suzuki kept his team out of extra innings with a two-out homer in the ninth, his team's fourth of the game.

New York had hit four home runs in its prior 15 games.

"Love it," manager Joe Girardi said. "Sometimes it's tough to score runs when you're not hitting home runs. We got enough tonight."

The win was the 12th in the past 16 matchups with the Rangers (44-33), who had won a season-high five in a row, and 12th in the last 14 home meetings.

Pettitte (5-5, 4.20) will seek to help New York beat Texas again while trying to avoid losing three straight starts for the first time since 2008.

The left-hander is 0-2 with a 5.93 ERA in his two starts since becoming the 45th pitcher to reach the 250-win plateau. He gave up five runs over 6 2-3 innings Thursday in an 8-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

"I just need to be better," Pettitte told the team's website. "I need to shut these guys down once in a while and give us a chance to score first one time instead of always being in a hole. And I feel like I'm putting us in a hole every time out right now."

Pettitte is 13-10 with a 4.82 ERA in 27 career starts against the Rangers, including four in the postseason, and will face them for the first time since an 8-0 loss in Game 3 of the 2010 ALCS.

Justin Grimm, meanwhile, will make his first appearance against the Yankees as he looks to build on his best outing in what's been a difficult month. Grimm (6-5, 5.57) gave up three runs over five innings in last Wednesday's 9-4 victory over Oakland after going 0-2 with an 11.40 ERA in his first three starts in June.

"He's been working hard, and he's been battling," manager Ron Washington told the team's website. "It's always been one inning for him, but tonight we were able to come back, get back in the ballgame, take the lead and hold on to it."

Girardi's next win will be the 600th of his career. He's earned 521 of those wins in his six seasons with New York.

With his next victory, Pettitte will tie Bob Gibson for 44th on the all-time list.


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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Rangers at Yankees
Tue, Jun 25 Final 3 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Rangers at Yankees
Wed, Jun 26 - 7:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Rangers at Yankees
Thu, Jun 27 - 1:05PM EDT

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06/26/2013 11:20 AM

Preview: Diamondbacks (41-35) at Nationals (38-38)
Game: 2
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: June 26, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


Washington's Jordan Zimmermann hasn't lost at Nationals Park in more than 13 months.

He'll look to make it 20 consecutive home starts without a defeat when he takes the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Zimmermann (10-3, 2.26 ERA) is 7-0 with a 0.92 ERA in eight home starts this season, and the Nationals (38-38) have won his last 11 outings in the nation's capital. He hasn't lost at home since falling to Pittsburgh on May 17, 2012.

The right-hander has been particularly sharp in his three home starts this month, yielding three unearned runs and 12 hits over 23 innings. That includes Thursday against Colorado, when he gave up an unearned run and six hits in eight innings in a 5-1 victory.

"It seems like he's been pitching like this all year," catcher Kurt Suzuki told the Nationals' official website. "He's had a couple of hiccups here and there, but this is Jordan."

Zimmermann, who is one win shy of Detroit's Max Scherzer for the most in the majors, has a 3.55 ERA in losing his only two home starts against the Diamondbacks. He'll be facing an Arizona lineup that broke out of its offensive funk late in Tuesday's 7-5 series-opening loss to Washington.

The Diamondbacks (41-35), who lost 4-2 to Cincinnati on Sunday, fell behind 6-0 after five innings Tuesday before scoring in each of the final four frames.

Martin Prado snapped a 3-for-24 skid with two hits - one of six Arizona players to finish with multiple hits. Paul Goldschmidt recorded three hits for the second time in four games, and is 11 for 27 (.407) with four homers and seven RBIs over his last seven contests.

The Nationals are also looking a bit better at the plate. They've scored 13 in their last two after plating 20 in their previous seven.

Adam LaRoche led Washington on Tuesday, going 3 for 4 with a three-run home run, his 11th of the season. He had gone 22 straight games without a homer since hitting two May 28.

Anthony Rendon has four multihit performances in his last five games, going 9 for 22, and is batting .412 in his last eight home games.

The Nationals' offense could be boosted by the potential return of Ryan Zimmerman, who got an extra day of rest Tuesday due to discomfort in his surgically repaired right shoulder, according to manager Davey Johnson. Zimmerman, who pinch-hit in the seventh and popped out, is 3 for 5 with two doubles lifetime against scheduled starter Wade Miley (4-6, 4.70).

Miley has fared better on the road this season, posting a 3.96 ERA away from home. While he has 17 walks in 24 1-3 innings at Chase Field, the left-hander has issued 14 base on balls over 63 2-3 innings on the road.

His lack of control at home was evident Friday against Cincinnati, when he walked four and gave up three runs in 4 2-3 innings. He did not get a decision in an 11-5 win.

Miley is 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA in two starts against the Nationals. He shut Washington out through six innings in his only career start at Nationals Park in 2011.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Diamondbacks at Nationals
Tue, Jun 25 Final 5 to 7
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Diamondbacks at Nationals
Wed, Jun 26 - 7:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Diamondbacks at Nationals
Thu, Jun 27 - 4:05PM EDT

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06/26/2013 11:22 AM

Preview: Mets (30-43) at White Sox (32-42)
Game: 2
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field
Date: June 26, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


Shaun Marcum has finished five consecutive seasons with a winning record.

The right-hander is still looking for his first win with the New York Mets, however, as he takes the mound against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

"It's been a three-month ordeal for me," said Marcum, signed by the Mets this year after two winning seasons with Milwaukee and three for Toronto.

Marcum (0-9, 5.76 ERA) has lost four straight starts for New York (30-43). A lack of offensive help has been a problem all season, as his 2.43 run support average would be the lowest in the majors if he had thrown enough innings to qualify. However, Marcum hasn't done much to help himself in his last two outings, posting a 9.58 ERA.

He had a season-high four walks and allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of last Wednesday's 5-3 loss in Atlanta. It was his shortest start since May 10.

"He's had some rough starts, but he's also pitched very well at times," manager Terry Collins said.

The good news for Marcum is that he's always fared well versus the White Sox, though he hasn't faced them since 2010. All five starts he made against them were Toronto victories as he went 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA. Chicago is the only AL team to which he's never lost besides Texas.

The White Sox (32-42) nearly suffered an ugly loss Tuesday, when Gordon Beckham flubbed a pop-up in the ninth inning to allow the tying run to come home for the Mets. However, Alexei Ramirez's RBI single in the bottom of the inning gave Chicago a 5-4 win.

"You're at a loss to describe it," manager Robin Ventura said. "At least they gathered together and scored a run in the next inning. But it's just a communication thing, and you got to clean it up."

The White Sox are tied for fifth in the majors with 54 errors, including two in the eighth inning Sunday that helped Kansas City steal a 7-6 victory.

John Danks (1-4, 5.40) also has had a rough go of it. The left-hander hasn't had much help from his teammates, getting 17 runs of support over six starts this season.

Then again, Danks hasn't pitched very well in his last two outings and lost both, recording an 8.18 ERA while opposing batters hit .354. That includes Thursday's 8-4 loss at Minnesota as he surrendered 12 hits and four home runs, both career highs, while giving up six runs in five innings.

"You can't just point out one thing that's gone wrong at this point," said Danks, who has never faced the Mets.

At least he's back at U.S. Cellular Field, where he has a 2.57 ERA on the season compared to 7.29 on the road. Nine of the 10 home runs Danks has allowed have come away from home.

New York's Eric Young snapped a streak of three straight multihit games Tuesday, but he did record a double for the fourth straight game. Prior to Friday, he had gone 15 straight games without an extra-base hit.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Mets at White Sox
Tue, Jun 25 Final 4 to 5
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Mets at White Sox
Wed, Jun 26 - 8:10PM EDT

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