cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:11 AM

Preview: Royals (43-47) at Indians (49-44)
Game: 2
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: July 13, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


A struggling Jeremy Guthrie pitched well in his last start.

Whether he has made any permanent strides will be seen when he takes the ball for the visiting Kansas City Royals, who look to snap a three-game losing streak Saturday night against the Cleveland Indians.

Guthrie (8-6, 4.12 ERA) was 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA over a four-start stretch before allowing one run, six hits and one walk in 6 2-3 innings of Monday's 5-1 win at Yankee Stadium - his first victory since June 10.

Making Guthrie's outing even more impressive was that he had to handle a 59-minute rain delay, after a rain delay of greater than two and a half hours interfered with his previous start.

"Tremendous competitor,' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "He showed it today - to endure an hour rain delay and go out and throw at the level that he threw.'

The Indians might have finally figured a way around Guthrie toward the end of his last appearance against them. The right-hander had 11 2-3 scoreless innings against Cleveland this season entering the sixth inning on July 3. Jason Kipnis hit a three-run home run with no outs in the sixth, and Guthrie was charged with two more in the seventh, but the Royals (43-47) ended up rallying for a 6-5 win.

Their offense hasn't been nearly as productive lately, totaling five over the course of a three-game losing streak and plating five or less in each of the last eight.

Billy Butler is 6 for his last 43 (.140), a skid that began when the Indians held him to two hits in 11 at_bats in the series that began July 2.

All-Star Alex Gordon, who struck out with the bases loaded with one out in the fifth inning in Friday's series-opening 3-0 loss, is 2 for his last 17 (.118). Eric Hosmer, who arrived at Progressive Field batting .389 average with five home runs over a 13-game stretch, followed Gordon with a groundout as part of an 0-for-4 performance.

Cleveland's offense hasn't been much better. The Indians (49-44) have scored 16 runs over their last five games, but they've managed to win three of them behind a pitching staff that has a 1.96 ERA during that span.

The Indians recorded six hits Friday, but five of them came in a row to start the seventh inning. Carlos Santana, who entered Friday in a 3-for-18 slump, had an RBI single and Mark Reynolds, stuck in a 3-for-37 rut, followed with a bunt single. Michael Bourn, who entered 5 for his previous 29 (.172), tacked on a two-run double.

"Reynolds sensed something that could happen, and made a great play by bunting," Kansas City reliever Aaron Crow said. "That pitch to Bourn was down and in, almost on the ground, so that was just a great piece of hitting."

Scott Kazmir (4-4, 4.74) certainly didn't mind seeing those slumping bats awaken. The left-hander has received 18 runs of support as the Indians have lost five of his last seven starts.

Kazmir hasn't received a decision in his last two starts and hasn't been able to pitch deep. After giving up three runs in five-plus innings in the defeat in Kansas City on July 3, Kazmir gave up two runs in 5 2-3 innings in Monday's 4-2 loss to Detroit.

Gordon is 3 for 6 against Kazmir this season, and Butler is 2 for 4.


-------------------------------------------------------


SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Royals at Indians
Fri, Jul 12 Final 0 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Royals at Indians
Sat, Jul 13 - 7:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Royals at Indians
Sun, Jul 14 - 1:05PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:13 AM

Preview: Rangers (53-40) at Tigers (51-41)
Game: 2
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: July 13, 2013 7:15 PM EDT


Max Scherzer came up short in his first bid for a 14-0 start. He could have a better chance in his second one.

The Detroit Tigers starter is unbeaten in seven regular-season outings against the Texas Rangers heading into Saturday night's matchup at Comerica Park.

Scherzer (13-0, 3.06 ERA) is attempting to become the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to open with 14 straight wins, and the first to take a 14-0 mark into the All-Star break. His six-start win streak ended Monday in Cleveland as he gave up two runs over seven innings in a 4-2, 10-inning victory.

The right-hander has been fortunate to own the majors' best run support average at 7.57. He extended his streak of consecutive regular-season starts without a defeat to 19, and his run of 18 in a row such outings to begin a season matches the fourth-longest streak since 1916.

He's 15-1 with a 2.99 ERA over his last 20 home starts, including two in last year's postseason. Scherzer is also 4-0 with a 3.35 ERA in the regular season against the Rangers.

"For me, I know I have to bring my 'A' game against them," Scherzer told the Tigers' official website. "They're talented from top to bottom. They do a really good job with speed and power - speed at the top of the lineup, power in the middle of the lineup."

Scherzer went 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA in two 2011 ALCS starts against the Rangers (53-40), who feel he has improved since then.

"He's got a tremendous slider and a turbo sinker," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He works fast and throws strikes."

Washington will hand the ball to Derek Holland (7-4, 3.19).

The Rangers are 5-0 in Holland's starts against the Tigers (51-41), including two in the 2011 ALCS. He has a 4.94 ERA in those games, however.

"I've got to match Scherzer pitch for pitch," Holland said. "He's 13-0 for a reason, so I have to do everything I can to match him."

Holland improved to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his last seven road starts by allowing five runs over 6 2-3 innings of an 8-5 win over Baltimore on Monday.

Miguel Cabrera, five RBIs shy of 100, is hitting a major league-best .418 against left-handers. He's 3 for 3 with two homers against Holland this year.

"The last time, he took care of me," Holland said. "This time, I have to take care of him. But I can't take for granted the rest of the lineup. They have some pretty good hitters."

That includes Victor Martinez, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games in Friday's 7-2 victory in the opener of this three-game set. He is batting .446 with 10 runs during the streak.

Texas has totaled four runs during a three-game slide as Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz combined to go 0 for 8 on Friday.

"We need to get to the break, give everyone a break, and get it together," Washington said.

Beltre's 13-game hitting streak was snapped while Cruz had been 10 for 29 during a seven-game run.

The Tigers are 9-12 when opponents start left-handers.


--------------------------------------------------------


SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Rangers at Tigers
Fri, Jul 12 Final 2 to 7
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Rangers at Tigers
Sat, Jul 13 - 7:15PM EDT

GAME 3
Rangers at Tigers
Sun, Jul 14 - 1:08PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:15 AM

Preview: Nationals (47-46) at Marlins (34-57)
Game: 2
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: July 13, 2013 7:15 PM EDT


The Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez was ecstatic after learning he made the NL All-Star team.

While former All-Star Dan Haren can surely relate, he hasn't come close to pitching at that level for the Washington Nationals.

Fernandez takes the mound Saturday night opposite Haren, who tries to snap the longest losing streak of his career.

Despite having never played higher than Class A, Fernandez (5-5, 2.83 ERA) is quickly making a name for himself. The 20-year-old right-hander has struck out 99 in 98 2-3 innings and ranks among the NL leaders in opponent batting average (.194).

"I'm not really thinking about how everything has come," Fernandez, who will be the Marlins' lone representative at Tuesday's All-Star game, told MLB's official website. "It's incredible. It's pretty fun to get a chance, first, to be in the big leagues. And now they trust me to be on the All-Star team. That's something I really can't explain. It's incredible."

Fernandez had gone 3-1 with a 1.34 ERA over a six-start stretch before yielding three runs, four hits and a season-high four walks in six innings Sunday in a 3-2 loss at St. Louis.

"He gave us a chance and that's what he's done really almost every time this year," manager Mike Redmond said.

Fernandez, who is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA over eight home outings, will try to bounce back in his first appearance versus Washington (47-46).

"I feel great, I feel strong," he said. "Nothing to worry about. Five days, go back out there and do what I do."

Haren (4-10, 6.00), meanwhile, is struggling through the worst big league season of his 11-year career. The right-hander, who was an All-Star selection from 2007-09, owns the NL's highest ERA among pitchers with at least 85 innings.

In his first start back since missing two weeks with shoulder inflammation, Haren allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks in five innings Monday in a 3-2 loss at Philadelphia. He is 0-7 with a 6.66 ERA in nine outings since May 14, with the Nationals losing each time.

"I felt good but obviously I would've preferred the outcome to be different," he said.

Haren gave up a season high-tying seven runs - three earned - in 4 1-3 innings April 16 in an 8-2 loss at Miami, dropping to 1-4 with a 3.43 ERA in six starts against the Marlins. Placido Polanco is 9 for 25 in their matchups.

NL-worst Miami (34-57) is seeking a season best-tying third straight win after taking Friday's opener 8-3. Marcell Ozuna had three RBIs and Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer as the Marlins tagged Stephen Strasburg for a career-high seven earned runs.

"I don't think anybody anticipated that. Fortunately for us we were able to come out there and have some great at_bats," said Redmond, whose club has won nine straight and 15 of 19 overall when Ozuna drives in at least one run.

The Nationals have gone 2 for 29 with runners in scoring position during a 1-4 stretch. Bryce Harper is 2 for his last 15 and Ryan Zimmerman is 1 for his last 16. That one hit, though, left the yard.

Washington, last in the majors with a .215 average on the road, has dropped eight of 13 in Miami.


-----------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Nationals at Marlins
Fri, Jul 12 Final 3 to 8
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Nationals at Marlins
Sat, Jul 13 - 7:15PM EDT

GAME 3
Nationals at Marlins
Sun, Jul 14 - 1:10PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:17 AM

Preview: Cardinals (56-35) at Cubs (41-50)
Game: 3
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: July 13, 2013 7:15 PM EDT


Matt Garza has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball of late.

The Chicago Cubs hope the right-hander can stymie the surging St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night at Wrigley Field.

St. Louis (56-35) defeated Chicago 3-2 on Friday to pick up its sixth win in seven games. The Cardinals, who had lost eight of 11 prior to this stretch, have prospered due to a pitching staff that has posted a 3.05 ERA with five home runs allowed over the past seven contests.

The Cardinals, owners of baseball's best road record at 29-19, managed to get back to their winning ways away from home Friday after losing six of eight on the road.

No one has had more fun at Wrigley Field than Cardinals All-Star starting outfielder Carlos Beltran. He had three hits and drove in a run Friday, and his career .349 batting average at Wrigley is his best at any ballpark he's had at least 30 at_bats.

Beltran, batting .414 against Chicago (41-50) this season, had one extra-base hit in his first 29 at_bats in July before posting a double and triple Friday.

"That's baseball," Beltran said. "Some days you feel like you come to the ballpark and you try and nothing works out your way, and today it seems like everything worked out my way."

Garza (5-1, 3.22 ERA) could be the right candidate to quiet Beltran, who has yet to record a hit in their seven matchups. He's also 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA in his last five starts after allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings of an 8-2 victory over the White Sox on Monday.

"I think he'd probably tell you he didn't have the great fastball command, but he did have the velocity," manager Dale Sveum said.

After posting a 7.80 ERA in his first three career starts against the Cardinals, Garza is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his last three.

He will square off against Lance Lynn (11-3, 3.67), who broke out of a mini-slump in his last start. The right-hander posted a 5.93 ERA in losing consecutive outings for the first time in his career before holding Miami to two runs in seven innings of a 3-2 win Sunday.

"I tried to not even think about the last (loss)," Lynn said. "You're going to have times where it seems like every time you throw a pitch and they hit, it's a hit, no matter where it goes."

Lynn has posted a 29-10 record since the start of the 2012 season, giving him the fifth-best winning percentage in baseball during that span. Five of those victories have come against the Cubs, who scored twice off him over seven innings to come away with a 2-1 win at Wrigley Field on May 7.

He limited the Cubs to a run and three hits in six innings of a 6-1 win in St. Louis on June 20.

Starlin Castro appears to have broken out of his slump against the Cardinals. After going 2 for his first 24 versus St. Louis this season, he has five hits in seven at_bats over the first two of this four-game series.

The Cubs have allowed three runs or fewer in six of their last seven games while going 5-2.


--------------------------------------------------------


SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Cardinals at Cubs
Thu, Jul 11 Final 0 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Cardinals at Cubs
Fri, Jul 12 Final 3 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Cardinals at Cubs
Sat, Jul 13 - 7:15PM EDT

GAME 4
Cardinals at Cubs
Sun, Jul 14 - 8:05PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:19 AM

Preview: Mets (40-49) at Pirates (55-36)
Game: 2
Venue: PNC Park
Date: July 13, 2013 7:15 PM EDT


The New York Mets are claiming a blister and an innings limit are why they're skipping Matt Harvey's turn in the rotation.

Potentially starting next week's All-Star game might be another reason.

While the young ace rests ahead of the Mid-Summer Classic, the Mets will give Carlos Torres his first start in almost three years Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Harvey has been a revelation in his first full season in the majors, going 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and a league-leading 147 strikeouts. His emergence landed him on the NL roster for Tuesday's All-Star game at Citi Field, and he's in contention to be named the starter.

Still, Mets manager Terry Collins claims there are other factors involved in skipping the 24-year-old right-hander's scheduled start against Pittsburgh (55-36).

"No. 1, he's thrown 130 innings and he's going to be limited this summer," Collins said. "Part of the reason is also his blister issue.

"We need to back him off and now is a good time. If he pitches in the All-Star game he'll be ready for it."

Collins is hoping Torres (0-1, 0.51 ERA) is ready for his first start since Aug. 3, 2010, as a member of the Chicago White Sox.

The right-hander was already inserted in the rotation earlier this week after Shaun Marcum was lost for the season due to Thoracic Outlet syndrome.

Torres compiled a 1.67 ERA while winning his last five starts at Triple-A Las Vegas before being recalled June 15. His latest appearance for the Mets came in the final two innings of Tuesday's 10-6 win at San Francisco, yielding an unearned run and four hits.

That victory was part of New York's four-game winning streak, which ended with Friday's 3-2, 11-inning loss to Pittsburgh in the opener of this three-game set.

David Wright, the Mets' only other representative for the All-Star game, is batting .347 during a 12-game hitting streak after getting a single, double and an RBI on Friday. The third baseman is batting .361 over his last nine games at PNC Park, but he's 3 for 18 with eight strikeouts against A.J. Burnett, the Pirates' scheduled starter.

Burnett (4-6, 3.05) will try to pitch Pittsburgh to its first five-game win streak against the Mets since 1998.

The right-hander was sharp in his return from the disabled list Sunday, allowing two runs - one earned - and three hits in five innings of a 4-3 loss in 11 to the Cubs.

"There was nothing not to like," manager Clint Hurdle told the team's official website. "The ball came out of his hand very crisply, efficiently. He was throwing a big curve from a couple of different angles."

Burnett has a 1.33 ERA while winning three straight starts against the Mets, but all those appearances came for the New York Yankees.

Pittsburgh's Starling Marte is batting .346 with 14 runs and six stolen bases over the past 16 games, with 13 of his 27 hits in that span going for extra bases. He's 7 for 16 over his last four meetings with the Mets.

Pedro Alvarez is also 7 for 16 in four games versus New York, hitting two homers and driving in six. His two-run shot Friday was his fourth homer in nine games, and he's hitting .342 with nine RBIs over that stretch.


---------------------------------------------------------


SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Mets at Pirates
Fri, Jul 12 Final 2 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Mets at Pirates
Sat, Jul 13 - 7:15PM EDT

GAME 3
Mets at Pirates
Sun, Jul 14 - 1:35PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:21 AM

Preview: Rockies (45-49) at Dodgers (46-46)
Game: 3
Venue: Dodger Stadium
Date: July 13, 2013 7:15 PM EDT


No matter which park Zack Greinke has called home in recent years, he's been practically unbeatable in those surroundings.

While Greinke tries to win a fifth straight start and remain undefeated at Dodger Stadium, teammate Yasiel Puig might not be in the Los Angeles lineup Saturday against the Colorado Rockies.

Whether pitching in Milwaukee, with the Los Angeles Angels or up the 5 freeway for the Dodgers (46-46), Greinke (7-2, 3.91 ERA) is 24-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 38 regular season and playoff home starts since the beginning of the 2011 season. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA all-time at Chavez Ravine, including 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six starts during his first season with the Dodgers.

Greinke, who has a 3.33 ERA while winning four straight starts overall, gave up two hits and struck out seven over seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 win at Arizona on Monday.

"This is probably maybe the second time he's had this kind of stuff,' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Hopefully we're trending toward this more consistently.'

Though Greinke will try to win five consecutive starts for the first time since July 27-Aug. 17, 2011, he needs more outings like his latest.

"It's got to be more consistent,' he said. "(Monday) was good but it can't just be one game and then a couple of OK games and then a bad game and then a good game.'

Greinke is 1-0 in two starts against the Rockies this season - both at Coors Field - despite recording a 7.84 ERA and walking 10 in 10 1-3 innings. He matched a career high with seven walks and allowed five runs in five innings of a 10-8 win over the Rockies on July 3.

It's possible Puig won't be behind him Saturday because of a sore hip.

After leaving in the eighth inning of Thursday's 6-1 win over the Rockies (45-49), the rookie phenom exited in the fourth of a 3-0 loss Friday. He's batting .392 with eight homers and 19 RBIs in 37 games.

"There are a lot of games left in the season,' Puig said. "I'll rest, get some treatment and see how it feels (Saturday).'

Mattingly doesn't seem too concerned.

"If he's healthy (Saturday), he'll play,' he said.

Teammate Carl Crawford also could miss a second straight game because of a stiff lower back.

The Dodgers managed three of their four hits Friday against Colorado's Juan Nicasio, who outpitched Clayton Kershaw and helped snap their five-game winning streak. Los Angeles has lost four times in 20 games.

With a double Friday, Los Angeles' Hanley Ramirez is batting .444 in his last 24 games. He's hitting .448 (13 for 29) versus Colorado this season and is 4 for 7 against scheduled starter Tyler Chatwood (5-2, 2.74).

The right-hander allowed five hits over six scoreless innings during a 12-2 win at Dodger Stadium on April 29, but gave up six runs and 11 hits in five innings against Greinke and Los Angeles last week.

He was much better Monday when yielding two runs in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-2 win at San Diego to improve to 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA in five road starts this season.

"I just wanted to go right after guys," Chatwood told the Rockies' official website.

D.J. LeMahieu had three hits with an RBI on Friday for Colorado, which won for the fourth time in 12 contests. He's batting .355 (11 for 31) with four RBIs against the Dodgers in 2013.


---------------------------------------------------------


SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Rockies at Dodgers
Thu, Jul 11 Final 1 to 6
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Rockies at Dodgers
Fri, Jul 12 Final 3 to 0
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Rockies at Dodgers
Sat, Jul 13 - 7:15PM EDT

GAME 4
Rockies at Dodgers
Sun, Jul 14 - 4:10PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:23 AM

Preview: Red Sox (58-37) at Athletics (54-39)
Game: 2
Venue: O.co Coliseum
Date: July 13, 2013 10:05 PM EDT


The Boston Red Sox have turned around this road trip with four straight wins.

Now they are hoping Jon Lester can turn around his road woes.

Lester was on the mound the last time the Red Sox lost and will look to take advantage of a sputtering Oakland Athletics' offense Saturday night.

Boston (58-37) ended a six-game slide in Oakland with a 4-2 victory Friday in the opener of this weekend series. The Red Sox began 1-3 on this 10-game trip before this surge ensured they will go into the All-Star break with the AL's best record.

Lester (8-5, 4.60 ERA) dropped to 1-5 with an 8.54 ERA - the worst road ERA in the majors since May 20 - in his last five away outings Monday by yielding five runs over five-plus innings in an 11-4 loss to Seattle. He felt he was victimized by bad luck.

"It goes back to, I feel like I threw the ball better than what the line score says," Lester told the Red Sox's official website.

All of the left-hander's defeats have come on the road but he could be facing the right opponent in Oakland (54-39), which has totaled six runs while hitting .136 with 29 strikeouts over its last four games. Josh Donaldson and Yoenis Cespedes are both 1 for 13 in that stretch for the Athletics, batting a major league-worst .213 in July.

Lester is 4-3 with a 4.21 ERA in 11 starts against Oakland, going 1-3 with a 4.45 ERA in five on the road.

These offenses are baseball's best in drawing walks, with 353 for Boston and 345 for Oakland. It's not unsurprising then that they also rank first and second in pitches seen with the Red Sox at 15,127 and the A's at 14,230.

Where Boston differs is that it leads the majors with 5.2 runs per game compared to Oakland's 4.5 mark. The Red Sox are second in July with a .299 average.

David Ortiz is 10 for 28 with three homers on this road trip as he remains one homer shy of 20 for the year. It would mark his 11th 20-homer season for Boston, which would tie him with Dwight Evans and Jim Evans for the second-most such years in franchise history behind Ted Williams' 16.

Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 4 on Friday as his 19-game hitting streak ended. He batted .413 with 11 RBIs during that run.

Dustin Pedroia hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning for Boston, which has scored 11 of hits last 13 runs with two outs.

"There's no secret,' Pedroia said. "We've just been able to find ways to get that one pitch and make sure we don't miss it."

The venue could factor into how well Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (7-6, 3.94) fares Saturday. He went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two home starts against the Red Sox last year but surrendered a career-high nine runs over four-plus innings in a 9-6 defeat at Fenway Park on April 22.

The A's have won the right-hander's last three starts and have taken six of his eight at home.


--------------------------------------------------------


SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Red Sox at Athletics
Fri, Jul 12 Final 4 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Red Sox at Athletics
Sat, Jul 13 - 10:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Red Sox at Athletics
Sun, Jul 14 - 4:05PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:24 AM

Preview: Angels (44-47) at Mariners (41-52)
Game: 2
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: July 13, 2013 10:10 PM EDT


While things haven't really gone Jered Weaver's way this year, he's starting to find his groove.

He could, however, be in for a challenge against the red-hot Raul Ibanez, who has had his number over the years.

Weaver pitches opposite Felix Hernandez in a marquee matchup as the visiting Los Angeles Angels continue a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

After winning a career-high 20 games in 2012, Weaver (3-4, 3.38 ERA), who missed over seven weeks with a fractured left elbow earlier this year, went 1-4 with a 4.65 ERA in his first seven starts. The right-hander, though, has come around in last three, going 2-0 while allowing two runs in 20 2-3 innings.

Weaver struck out six over 6 2-3 innings of five-hit ball to beat Boston 3-0 on Sunday, winning back-to-back outings for the first time this year.

"It's the best stuff that Jered's had all season, so it's a good time for it," manager Mike Scioscia told MLB's official website.

Weaver lost each of his three matchups against the Mariners (41-52) last year, dropping to 12-7 with a 3.21 ERA in the series. He is 2-3 with a 2.20 ERA in his last five starts at Safeco Field.

Weaver can't be looking forward to facing Ibanez, who is 14 for 30 with four homers and two doubles in their matchups. The 41-year-old Ibanez continues to turn heads, going 25 for 70 (.357) with 10 homers, 18 RBIs and 15 runs in his last 17 games.

Ibanez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading 23rd and 24th homers as Seattle took Friday's opener 8-3 to snap a three-game skid.

"What hasn't he done," winning pitcher Joe Saunders said. "From my perspective, it's fun to be part of. To see what he's doing day in and day out, it's impressive.

"I just hope he can keep it going. He's the heart and soul of this ball club, really, the way he goes about preparing, the teammate he is, the leader he is."

Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales also went deep for the Mariners, who broke the franchise record by homering in their 20th consecutive game. Seattle has left the yard 35 times over that stretch, the most in the majors since June 20.

The Mariners now turn to Hernandez (9-4, 2.69), who has posted the AL's second-highest strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.23) - behind only teammate Hisashi Iwakuma (5.89).

Hernandez is looking to win a season-high fifth consecutive decision after yielding two runs in seven innings Monday in an 11-4 victory over Boston.

"He wasn't as tough as I've seen him in the past when he was throwing 96-97, but he still is a great pitcher," Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said of Hernandez, who struck out six. "He goes out there and throws all his pitches for strikes and still gets of lot of swings and misses."

Hernandez is 7-12 versus Los Angeles with a 4.12 ERA - his second-highest mark against any team he has faced more than once. Hernandez has allowed at least five runs in five of his last seven starts in the series.

While Mike Trout is 14 for 30 with a homer, two doubles and a triple versus Hernandez, Josh Hamilton is 8 for 53 with 16 strikeouts.

Mariners rookie infielder Nick Franklin has missed the last two games with a right knee injury but he could return Saturday. He is hitting .327 with a homer, six doubles and 10 RBIs over a 13-game stretch at home.


------------------------------------------------------

SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Angels at Mariners
Fri, Jul 12 Final 3 to 8
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Angels at Mariners
Sat, Jul 13 - 10:10PM EDT

GAME 3
Angels at Mariners
Sun, Jul 14 - 4:10PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:26 AM

Preview: Giants (42-50) at Padres (41-53)
Game: 3
Venue: PETCO Park
Date: July 13, 2013 10:10 PM EDT


Buster Posey is the NL's reigning MVP and batting champion, and the San Diego Padres are well aware of what he's capable of.

That's especially true at Petco Park.

Posey looks to continue his dominance of the Padres as the San Francisco Giants go for their longest winning streak over the NL West rival in almost seven years Saturday night.

Posey batted .336 with 24 homers and 103 RBIs during a career year in 2012, and he continues to prove that wasn't a fluke. The catcher is headed for his second All-Star game Tuesday in New York, thanks in large part to his .320 average, 13 homers and 56 RBIs.

A series with the Padres seems to be helping him build momentum heading into the break.

Posey is 4 for 9 with six RBIs while helping San Francisco (42-50) win the first two of this four-game set. He plated a season-high five runs while powering Friday's 10-1 romp.

Success at pitcher-friendly Petco Park is common for Posey, whose .370 average in 20 games is the highest by any active player with at least 80 at_bats there.

Despite the Padres (41-53) occupying the division cellar, opponents have a .248 average at Petco.

Posey, meanwhile, is 13 for 27 with nine RBIs over his last seven visits, and another big effort could give the Giants a fifth straight win over San Diego for the first time since a six-game streak in 2006.

Brandon Crawford and Marco Scutaro may also have a say in getting closer to that mark. Crawford is 11 for 22 over the past five games after his three hits Friday gave him a fourth multihit game of that stretch.

Scutaro, who will join Posey and pitcher Madison Bumgarner at the All-Star game, also had three hits to go with his two RBIs Friday, and he's 8 for 17 over his last four meetings with San Diego.

Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.61 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound in search of his first road win since beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in his season debut April 3.

The right-hander is 0-6 with a 5.82 ERA over eight away games since, including a 2-1 defeat at San Diego on April 26. He allowed two runs with nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Lincecum's latest outing came at home Monday, and he fanned a season-high 11 while yielding three runs in seven innings of a 4-3 loss in 16 to the New York Mets.

The Padres have dropped 17 of 20 games, and they're a season-high 12 games under .500.

Giving the ball to Edinson Volquez (6-7, 5.33) may not help. The right-hander has lost his last two home starts while surrendering nine runs with 11 walks and 10 strikeouts in 11 innings.

He struggled with his control again Monday, allowing four runs and eight hits while issuing four walks and throwing 94 pitches in 5 1-3 innings of a 4-2 loss to Colorado.

"I was off a little bit with my rhythm," Volquez told the team's official website.

That could be said of almost each of his last six starts as host. He's 1-4 with a 5.56 ERA and 38 strikeouts compared to 22 walks in 34 innings over that stretch, which includes only one quality start.

Both of Volquez's starts against the Giants this year have come on the road, and he has no record while yielding five runs in 11 innings.

He's held Crawford to 2 for 14 with five strikeouts, but Posey is 2 for 5 with a double off him.


-------------------------------------------------------


SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Giants at Padres
Thu, Jul 11 Final 4 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Giants at Padres
Fri, Jul 12 Final 10 to 1
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Giants at Padres
Sat, Jul 13 - 10:10PM EDT

GAME 4
Giants at Padres
Sun, Jul 14 - 4:10PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs:
cnotes Posts:23650 Followers:32
07/13/2013 09:28 AM

Preview: Brewers (37-55) at Diamondbacks (49-44)
Game: 3
Venue: Chase Field
Date: July 13, 2013 10:10 PM EDT


Losses once piled up for Kyle Lohse earlier in the season. Now he's working on another long undefeated streak.

The Milwaukee Brewers hope Lohse can extend that run while winning his third straight start Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Lohse (5-6, 3.47 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his last eight starts and hasn't lost since an 8-6 defeat at Minnesota on May 30. He's plenty familiar with long unbeaten stints, going 15 starts without a loss for St. Louis at one point last year and 10 starts a year earlier.

Milwaukee (37-55) supplied the right-hander with an average of 2.6 runs of support as he went 1-6 in his first 10 starts. But the Brewers are backing him with 5.3 runs per game over his unbeaten run.

He also received some spectacular defensive help to preserve his latest victory as Carlos Gomez robbed what would have been the go-ahead home run for the final out in a 4-3 win over Cincinnati on Monday. Lohse gave up nine hits - the most he's allowed in 11 starts - but limited the damage to three runs over 6 2-3 innings for his seventh quality start in eight games.

Pitching to contact continues to be successful for Lohse, whose 5.3 strikeouts per nine innings is one of the majors' lowest rates.

"I'm not going to be that guy to get them to swing at balls way out of the zone," he said after beating the Reds. "I'm just up there trying to pound the zone and they took advantage a couple of times, but more times than not I was able to get a weak fly ball or a ground ball."

The Diamondbacks (49-44) only recorded four hits Friday - their fourth time in five games with five or fewer - but it was still enough for a 2-1 win as Patrick Corbin matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in 6 2-3 strong innings.

Paul Goldschmidt drove in a run on a groundout and also doubled, improving to 14 for 32 (.438) during a nine-game hitting streak. He's also 8 for 16 with six RBIs in five games against the Brewers this season.

Arizona scheduled starter Randall Delgado (1-3, 3.82) looks to bounce back from his third loss in four starts after giving up a career-high 11 hits and three runs over six innings of a 6-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. He didn't receive a run of support in any of his losses this season.

Delgado will try to cool off Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who has four homers and is slugging .955 in his last six games after going 2 for 3 with a double Friday.

Norichika Aoki was hitless in five at_bats to end a nine-game hitting streak.

Lohse is 1-0 with a 1.02 ERA over his last three starts versus Arizona, including his first of the season when he gave up one run over six innings but didn't record a decision in a 3-1 loss April 5.


----------------------------------------------------------


SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Brewers at Diamondbacks
Thu, Jul 11 Final 3 to 5
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Brewers at Diamondbacks
Fri, Jul 12 Final 1 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Brewers at Diamondbacks
Sat, Jul 13 - 10:10PM EDT

GAME 4
Brewers at Diamondbacks
Sun, Jul 14 - 4:10PM EDT

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: