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09/01/2013 09:53 AM

Preview: Rays (75-59) at Athletics (77-58)
Game: 3
Venue: O.co Coliseum
Date: September 01, 2013 4:05 PM EDT


The next time the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays meet, they could be facing off in the American League wild-card game.

For now, the Athletics can avenge their April sweep at the hands of the Rays completing their own on Sunday.

By winning the first two games of this series - and five of its last six overall - Oakland (77-58) has taken a 1 1/2-game lead over Tampa Bay for the first wild-card spot, which carries home-field advantage.

The A's won with timely hitting and good pitching Saturday as Coco Crisp's sixth-inning RBI single and eighth-inning solo homer provided the offense in a 2-1 victory after they had scored 38 runs in the previous five games.

Crisp, who had been 2 for his last 15, had three hits on Saturday and has five home runs in his last 10 games.

The Athletics have homered in 13 straight games - with 20 home runs during that stretch. They finished August with 35 home runs, third in the major leagues.

The Rays (75-59) might not make it to the postseason if they can't spark their offense. They've scored just 16 runs while losing six of seven and gone 58 innings without a home run.

"Offensively, we have to stir it up," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "We've pitched well and caught it but we haven't hit well. The offense has to pick it up. We've got a lot of it in place; we just need to get it going."

David DeJesus is 1 for 9 during the Rays' current three-game losing streak, and Yunel Escobar is 2 for 11.

Evan Longoria is mired in a somewhat longer slump. After homering in three consecutive games, the third baseman is 2 for 23 with eight strikeouts in his last six.

"There's no doubt I'm frustrated," Longoria said. "It seems I can't put it all together over a long period. I keep doing the same things but it's eluded me."

Longoria and the Rays will hope to find their power stroke against A.J. Griffin, who has struggled all year keeping the ball down.

Griffin (11-9, 3.94 ERA) has allowed a major league-worst 32 home runs, with 14 coming over his last eight starts.

Those problems were again magnified Monday, when he allowed two home runs and four runs overall in five innings, but he still got the win in Oakland's 8-6 victory over Detroit.

"I was just trying to battle and keep the ball down good," Griffin said. "It's good to win, a good battle. It felt like a playoff atmosphere."

Griffin did solve some of his control problems in the win with just one walk after issuing 15 over his previous three starts. He has faced Tampa Bay just once, allowing three runs in seven innings of a 4-3 Oakland victory on July 30, 2012.

Jamey Wright (2-2, 2.97) will make his first start since 2007 for Tampa Bay. The veteran right-hander has made 54 relief appearances this year and was rewarded for a strong August in which he allowed one run in 11 2-3 innings spanning nine outings.

He last appeared Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels, throwing 19 pitches in 1 1-3 scoreless innings. Wright has gone three innings on two occasions this season and threw a season-high 45 pitches in one of them on May 24.

Wright faced one Oakland batter this season, hitting Brandon Moss with a pitch on April 19. After posting a 6.63 ERA in three starts versus the Athletics, he has a 0.61 ERA against them in 15 relief appearances.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Rays at Athletics
Fri, Aug 30 Final 3 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Rays at Athletics
Sat, Aug 31 Final 1 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Rays at Athletics
Sun, Sep 1 - 4:05PM EDT

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09/01/2013 09:55 AM

Preview: Reds (76-60) at Rockies (64-73)
Game: 3
Venue: Coors Field
Date: September 01, 2013 4:10 PM EDT


Brandon Phillips is on a tear, and that may only continue against the Colorado Rockies.

The Cincinnati Reds may be hoping he can keep it up beyond that in order to further tighten the NL Central race.

With another important series against St. Louis looming, the visiting Reds could use another impressive performance from Phillips in order to beat the Rockies again in Sunday's finale.

Phillips is 7 for 14 over his last three games with a homer, two doubles, a triple and four RBIs.

He turned in his best performance of that stretch in Saturday's 8-3 win at Colorado, becoming the first Red to come a single shy of the cycle since Adam Dunn on May 10, 2007.

"It would have been nice to get it done," Phillips said of possibly hitting for the cycle for the first time.

Cincinnati (76-60) could use another strong performance from the All-Star second baseman before returning home to open a four-game series with the Cardinals.

The Reds dropped two of three at St. Louis before arriving in Denver.

Cincinnati is 2 1/2 games back of second-place St. Louis, and 3 1/2 behind division-leading Pittsburgh. However, the Reds have a six-game cushion on Arizona for the NL's second wild-card spot.

Phillips will try to help them close those gaps Sunday, and he's 15 for 31 (.484) with seven extra-base hits, 12 RBIs and nine runs over his last eight meetings with the Rockies.

A big day at the plate may be important with Mike Leake (11-5, 3.27 ERA) on the mound. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.44 ERA over his last five starts, and that includes surrendering nine runs in 11 1-3 innings in two road outings.

Leake had a 1.94 ERA to go with his 7-1 record over his previous 12 away starts. He was hit hard Monday at St. Louis, giving up five runs in 6 1-3 innings of an 8-6 loss.

Leake will now make his first appearance at Coors Field. He's 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts versus the Rockies.

Colorado (64-73) will counter with Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15), who will make his return from right elbow inflammation.

The right-hander has been out since the worst outing of his career July 31 at Atlanta, when he gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings of a 9-0 loss.

He was impressive in a rehabilitation start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, yielding one run in 5 1-3 innings.

"Chatty seems ready to roll on Sunday," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website.

He lost his only career meeting with Cincinnati on June 3, allowing one run in four innings of a 3-0 defeat.

Todd Helton went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Saturday after hitting two homers to match his career high of six RBIs in the series opener.

He's 3 for 4 versus Leake, while Troy Tulowitzki is 3 for 6 with a homer.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Reds at Rockies
Fri, Aug 30 Final 6 to 9
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Reds at Rockies
Sat, Aug 31 Final 8 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Reds at Rockies
Sun, Sep 1 - 4:10PM EDT

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09/01/2013 09:57 AM

Preview: Padres (60-75) at Dodgers (80-55)
Game: 3
Venue: Dodger Stadium
Date: September 01, 2013 4:10 PM EDT


The Los Angeles Dodgers' Zack Greinke has been lobbying to pitch deeper into games, and manager Don Mattingly is listening.

It hasn't hurt that the right-hander has been one of baseball's top pitchers over the past two months.

After winning all five of his August starts in impressive fashion, Greinke will look to carry that success into September on Sunday against the visiting San Diego Padres.

Carl Crawford snapped out of a 2-for-20 slump with three hits and pinch-hitter Mark Ellis singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Los Angeles won its third straight with a 2-1 victory Saturday.

The surging Dodgers (80-55), who have a 10 1/2-game lead in the NL West, look to build on their 23-6 August - the most wins in a month since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

They sought to get even better Saturday by picking up veteran Michael Young from the Phillies in exchange for left-hander Rob Rasmussen. Young has been on a tear, going 13 for 26 over his last six games.

"We like the guys that we have, but Michael just adds to it,' said Mattingly, who plans to use Young to spell Juan Uribe at third base or Adrian Gonzalez at first.

While Young figures to make the offense stronger, the Dodgers' pitching staff has certainly been a strength with a major-league best 2.46 ERA - far ahead of Atlanta's second-best 3.07 - during this stretch of 50 wins in 63 games.

Greinke (13-3, 2.86 ERA) has played a major role, going 10-1 with a 2.14 ERA while limiting opponents to a .217 batting average over that span. He's tied with Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano (10-3) for the most wins in the majors since June 22.

After badgering his skipper for a month to let him continue into the later innings, Greinke came within one strike of his fifth career shutout before giving up a two-run double in Monday's 6-2 victory over the Cubs. He ended up allowing two runs and five hits while striking out nine and throwing 122 pitches over his 8 2-3 innings.

"I'm a little torn with it, honestly," Mattingly said. "I wanted to keep him at 115 (pitches), but he's earned the right to go for it.'

Greinke will attempt to win six straight starts for the first time since winning nine in a row bridging the 2008-09 seasons. He's gone 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA while helping Los Angeles win both his starts against the Padres.

San Diego (60-75) hopes to avoid its fifth loss in six games by giving the ball to Tyson Ross (3-7, 3.05).

Since going 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA with 36 strikeouts in five starts after rejoining the rotation in late July, Ross has allowed 11 runs and 13 hits over 12 1-3 innings while dropping his last two. He was charged with season highs of six runs and seven hits in six-plus innings in a 6-1 loss at Arizona on Monday.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three appearances versus the Dodgers this season. He allowed one run and six hits over 4 2-3 innings in a 7-2 win at Dodger Stadium on April 17 in his only career start against them.

Gonzalez is 3 for 4 with a double when facing Ross, and is hitting .463 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 14 home games against the Padres.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Padres at Dodgers
Fri, Aug 30 Final 2 to 9
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Padres at Dodgers
Sat, Aug 31 Final 1 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Padres at Dodgers
Sun, Sep 1 - 4:10PM EDT

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09/01/2013 09:59 AM

Preview: Giants (60-75) at Diamondbacks (69-65)
Game: 3
Venue: Chase Field
Date: September 01, 2013 4:10 PM EDT


After Patrick Corbin stymied hitters for most of the season, the All-Star left-hander has been mired in extended rough stretch for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Corbin looks to bounce back from his worst outing of the season when he tries to help the Arizona Diamondbacks win their third straight home series Sunday against the San Francisco Giants.

After yielding two runs during his second complete game of the season against Cincinnati on Aug. 20, Corbin (13-4, 2.79 ERA) allowed a career-high nine in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-5 loss at Philadelphia last Sunday.

"It just wasn't my day,' he said. "I left a lot of pitches up. I didn't have my best stuff. I feel bad about not going deeper into the game.'

Since going 12-1 with a 2.31 ERA in his first 20 starts and earning a spot on the NL All-Star roster, the left-hander is 1-3 with a 4.35 ERA in the last six.

Corbin, however, has given up three runs in 14 2-3 innings while not factoring in the decision of two victories over San Francisco (60-75) this season.

Arizona (69-65) snapped a three-game home slide to the Giants by beating them for the second time in eight meetings at Chase Field, 4-3 on Saturday. Eric Chavez delivered a game-winning single in the ninth as the Diamondbacks bounced back after stranding eight runners in Friday's 1-0 loss.

They've posted 12 walk-off victories and 29 comeback wins this season.

"We've been good at it, it's just not a fun way to play baseball,' Chavez said. "We've played so many extra-inning games, you just don't want to play like that. But we are good late. I don't know what that means, but that was a good one.'

That single is Chavez's only hit in 12 at_bats over five games since a stint on the disabled list due to hip and knee problems.

"He came to me during (batting practice) and said, `My swing stinks right now, but I might come through in a big spot,'' Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He hung tough a got a good pitch.'

Teammate Martin Prado, meanwhile, added three hits and batted .374 with 30 RBIs in 26 games in August.

San Francisco's Hunter Pence had three hits Saturday and is batting .355 in his last eight contests. He's 8 for 17 his last four games at Arizona.

Ex-Diamondback Yusmeiro Petit (1-0, 3.18) takes the mound for the Giants looking to build on his first start of the season when he gave up two runs and struck out six in six innings of a 5-3 victory at Colorado on Tuesday.

"He's been around, knows what he's doing out there," manager Bruce Bochy told the Giants' official website. "He showed it (Tuesday)."

Recalled from Triple-A Fresno to replace the injured Matt Cain, Petit has made three appearances and two starts for the Giants since the start of last season. The right-hander went 9-19 with a 5.05 ERA in 56 games - 35 starts - for Arizona from 2007-09.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Giants at Diamondbacks
Fri, Aug 30 Final 1 to 0
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Giants at Diamondbacks
Sat, Aug 31 Final 3 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Giants at Diamondbacks
Sun, Sep 1 - 4:10PM EDT

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09/01/2013 10:01 AM

Preview: Marlins (49-85) at Braves (83-52)
Game: 3
Venue: Turner Field
Date: September 01, 2013 5:05 PM EDT


Although their rotation has keyed their latest winning streak, the Atlanta Braves needed an offensive boost from an unlikely source to extend the run.

Giving the ball to one of their hottest pitchers should help the Braves resume their dominance on the mound.

Alex Wood looks to win his fourth straight decision and lead Atlanta to its seventh straight win Sunday night when they host the Miami Marlins.

B.J. Upton matched a season high with four hits, including a walk-off single in the 11th inning, as the Braves beat the Marlins 5-4 on Saturday for their 18th win in 21 games at Turner Field. Upton, batting a career-low .195, also hit his first home run since June 15 after going 4 for 40 in his previous 16 games.

"I've been working hard all year and I'm finally starting to see some consistent results,' Upton said. "I've just got to keep playing and keep working hard and stick to what I'm doing.'

Teammate Chris Johnson reclaimed the top spot in the NL batting race with four hits, raising his average to .331. He's hitting .414 in eight home games against the Marlins.

The Braves (83-52), who lead the NL East by 15 games, have scored only 20 runs during their winning streak. Their starters, though, have compensated by posting a 1.62 ERA.

Now they'll turn to Wood (3-2, 2.27 ERA), who seeks his second victory during the streak after limiting Cleveland to five hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 2-0 victory on Tuesday. He struck out five, but had a season-high four walks.

"(It) wasn't one of his best outings,' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He was spraying it around a little bit and got his pitch count up, but he's tough to take swings at.'

The rookie left-hander has been one of the Atlanta's top hurlers recently, going 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA with 35 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .203 batting average in his last six starts.

Wood has been particularly tough at home, going 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his last four outings.

He's thrown nine shutout innings versus the Marlins - who have lost seven straight and 10 of 11 - in one start and three overall appearances this year. Wood fanned seven and gave up two hits over six innings on Aug. 10 before Miami pushed across a run in the ninth for a 1-0 victory.

Nathan Eovaldi (2-5, 3.76) outpitched Wood in that contest, striking out eight while allowing one hit over seven frames. He's given up just two runs and nine hits with 21 strikeouts in his last three starts against the Braves.

The right-hander, however, is 0-5 with a 4.30 ERA while receiving just six total runs of support over his last eight starts. Eovaldi lost his third straight start Tuesday, giving up two runs and eight hits in six innings of a 2-1 defeat at Washington.

Although Justin Ruggiano and Giancarlo Stanton hit home runs Saturday, the Marlins have averaged 2.0 runs while batting .176 during their losing streak. They rank last in the majors in average (.228) and runs (424).

"We need to come back tomorrow and act as if we've been winning," said Ruggiano, who is hitting .400 with four homers and 10 RBIs in his last 12 games. "We've just got to get over this little funk we're in right now.'

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Marlins at Braves
Fri, Aug 30 Final 1 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Marlins at Braves
Sat, Aug 31 Final 4 to 5
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Marlins at Braves
Sun, Sep 1 - 5:05PM EDT

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09/01/2013 10:02 AM

Preview: Mets (62-72) at Nationals (68-67)
Game: 3
Venue: Nationals Park
Date: September 01, 2013 8:05 PM EDT


The Nationals have had the Mets' number throughout the Davey Johnson era.

The New York Mets look to exact some revenge Sunday with their first three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals since 2009.

Johnson, whose first managerial job came with the Mets and was highlighted by winning the 1986 World Series, has seen his current team fall 7 1/2 games behind Cincinnati for the second NL wild-card spot after consecutive losses to New York - including an 11-3 defeat Saturday.

The Mets (62-72) will try to further damage the Nationals' slim playoff chances behind Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69 ERA), who has had their number of late. Since allowing six runs in 4 1-3 innings the first time he faced Washington, he is 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA against the Nationals.

Niese has been pitched well against Jayson Werth, striking him out eight times while allowing four singles in 17 at_bats.

After a rough start to the year, Niese is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA in four starts since returning from a partially torn left rotator cuff on Aug. 11.

"It's kind of rewarding to know I'm 100 percent now," Niese said after throwing a three-hitter Tuesday against Philadelphia for his second career shutout.

While Niese tries to shoulder some of the load the final month with Mets ace Matt Harvey out for the season, Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 2.49) is simply trying to prove he belongs in Washington's rotation.

Ohlendorf (3-0, 2.49) has a 2.82 ERA in four starts this season, with his best one coming against the Mets on July 26. He limited them to one run in seven innings with a season-high eight strikeouts but left without a decision as Washington got a 2-1 walkoff victory.

Johnson will surely keep an eye on his right-hander after Ohlendorf hit a wall in his two starts back from shoulder inflammation. Against the Cubs, Ohlendorf allowed three of his four runs in his fifth and final frame. On Tuesday, he held the Marlins to two hits over five scoreless innings before Christian Yelich homered off him to lead off the sixth.

"He's done that now several times," said Johnson, who is 28-14 versus the Mets as Nationals manager. "He just kind of ran out of gas like he did the game before."

Ohlendorf has allowed three home runs in 9 1-3 innings in those outings.

The Mets have scored 25 runs over a three-game winning streak after totaling 13 while losing six of seven.

Daniel Murphy is 9 for 14 in New York's three wins, and the second baseman has a .383 average (23 for 60) against Washington this season.

Travis d'Arnaud, who went 3 for 28 in his first 10 games after being called up, has four hits in his last eight at_bats.

"Just always be ready to hit, because you never know when you'll get that mistake," d'Arnaud told the team's official website. "You see less and less mistakes up here compared to down there."

New York's lineup suffered a big loss on Saturday, however, as first baseman Ike Davis is likely headed to the disabled list with a strained muscle on his right side.

"I doubt we see him," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "2013 is going to go down as a real frustrating year for Ike Davis."

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Mets at Nationals
Fri, Aug 30 Final 3 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Mets at Nationals
Sat, Aug 31 Final 11 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Mets at Nationals
Sun, Sep 1 - 8:05PM EDT

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09/01/2013 10:04 AM

Diamond Trends - Sunday

September 1, 2013


SU TREND OF THE DAY:

The Yankees are 10-0 since September 19, 2007 at home after shutting out their opponent and it is the last game of a series for a net profit of $1000.

OU TREND OF THE DAY:

The Diamondbacks are 0-10-1 OU since July 22, 2010 at home after a win in which they had more than ten team-left-onbase for a net profit of $1000 when playing the under.

PITCHER TREND OF THE DAY:

When Wei Yin Chen starts the Orioles are 9-0 since April 22, 2012 vs a team that has won at least their last two games and it is not the first game of a series for a net profit of $1030.

MLB BIBLE ACTIVE TREND:

Zack Greinke has produced a team record of 26-0 ($2,600) as a home favorite of more than -140, if his team did not blow a 5+ run lead in his last start.

ACTIVE TRENDS:

The Braves are 11-0 since May 30, 2012 at home after a one run win and it is the last game of a series for a net profit of $1100.

The Rangers are 0-9 since May 22, 2010 as a 140+ favorite when they are off a win in which they had at least three times as many hits as runs and it is not the first game of a series for a net profit of $1391 when playing against.

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09/03/2013 06:41 PM

Tuesday, September 3

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Baltimore - 7:05 PM ET Baltimore -118 500
Cleveland - Over 8 500

Chi. White Sox - 7:05 PM ET Chi. White Sox +130 500 POD # 7
NY Yankees - Over 7 500

Washington - 7:05 PM ET Philadelphia +150 500 POD # 6
Philadelphia - Under 8.5 500

Detroit - 7:10 PM ET Boston -111 500
Boston - Under 8 500

NY Mets - 7:10 PM ET NY Mets +206 500 POD # 4
Atlanta - Under 7 500

St. Louis - 7:10 PM ET St. Louis +132 500 POD # 5
Cincinnati - Over 8 500

Miami - 8:05 PM ET Miami +127 500 POD # 3
Chi. Cubs - Over 8 500

Minnesota - 8:10 PM ET Houston -119 500
Houston - Over 8.5 500

Seattle - 8:10 PM ET Kansas City -165 500
Kansas City - Over 8 500

Pittsburgh - 8:10 PM ET Milwaukee +108 500 POD # 1
Milwaukee - Over 8 500

LA Dodgers - 8:40 PM ET Colorado -107 500
Colorado - Under 9 500

Toronto - 9:40 PM ET Toronto +136 500 POD # 2
Arizona - Over 8.5 500

Tampa Bay - 10:05 PM ET LA Angels +122 500 POD # 8
LA Angels - Over 7.5 500

Texas - 10:05 PM ET Oakland -132 500
Oakland - Under 7.5 500

San Francisco - 10:10 PM ET San Francisco -140 500
San Diego - Over 7 500

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