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05/28/2012 08:13 AM

Preview: Padres (17-32) at Cubs (15-32)

Game: 1
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: May 28, 2012 2:20 PM EDT

Monday's matchup at Wrigley Field features one team enduring its longest losing streak in 15 seasons and one that hasn't scored in 26 innings.

The owners of the worst records in the NL open a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs on a 12-game losing streak and the San Diego Padres also searching for offense.

Chicago (15-32) is on its longest slide since the 1997 team began 0-14. The Cubs were swept over the weekend in Pittsburgh, with six defeats during their skid coming by one run before a 10-4 loss Sunday.

"Not only to not get results, but to feel like you are getting embarrassed, it is frustrating," catcher Koyie Hill said.

San Diego (17-32) hasn't been much better lately, dropping six of seven and going without a run since Jesus Guzman's first-inning sacrifice fly in a 6-1 loss to the New York Mets on Friday. The Padres were shut out Saturday and Sunday to close that four-game set.

If there's hope for the Cubs on Monday, it's their success over the years against San Diego's Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.21 ERA), whose 11 losses to Chicago are his most against any team.

Suppan has gone 0-6 with a 6.23 ERA in his last nine starts against the Cubs, and he's 1-9 with a 5.38 ERA in his last 15 road starts overall.

The right-hander has gone 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA in his last three outings. Suppan gave up five runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 6-3 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday.

The Cubs, however, have scored four runs over 37 2-3 innings against starting pitchers in their last six games. Erik Bedard threw six scoreless innings against them Sunday.

"We didn't score, again, off the starter, so that magnifies everything,' manager Dale Sveum said.

The Padres hope Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin are both in the lineup Monday. Quentin, out since right knee surgery in mid-March, could join the team in Chicago for his San Diego debut. The outfielder has completed two rehab stints.

"There's a chance you could see him in the field," manager Bud Black told the Padres' official website.

Maybin has struggled with a .216 average, but the injury-plagued Padres would welcome his return. He sat out a 2-0 loss Sunday with a right wrist sprain.

"It feels better," Maybin said. "It was a little more swollen (Saturday). I think it could have been from swinging."

San Diego, 3-15 against left-handed starters, will face Travis Wood (0-1, 3.86) in his third start for Chicago. Wood yielded two runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 2-1 loss at Houston on Tuesday as he took the place of the demoted Chris Volstad in the rotation.

Wood has gone 0-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two career starts against the Padres.

Only the Pirates have scored fewer runs among NL teams than the Cubs (161) and Padres (151). San Diego is last in the majors with 18 homers.

These teams split six 2011 matchups.


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05/28/2012 08:13 AM

Preview: Padres (17-32) at Cubs (15-32)

Game: 1
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: May 28, 2012 2:20 PM EDT

Monday's matchup at Wrigley Field features one team enduring its longest losing streak in 15 seasons and one that hasn't scored in 26 innings.

The owners of the worst records in the NL open a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs on a 12-game losing streak and the San Diego Padres also searching for offense.

Chicago (15-32) is on its longest slide since the 1997 team began 0-14. The Cubs were swept over the weekend in Pittsburgh, with six defeats during their skid coming by one run before a 10-4 loss Sunday.

"Not only to not get results, but to feel like you are getting embarrassed, it is frustrating," catcher Koyie Hill said.

San Diego (17-32) hasn't been much better lately, dropping six of seven and going without a run since Jesus Guzman's first-inning sacrifice fly in a 6-1 loss to the New York Mets on Friday. The Padres were shut out Saturday and Sunday to close that four-game set.

If there's hope for the Cubs on Monday, it's their success over the years against San Diego's Jeff Suppan (2-3, 4.21 ERA), whose 11 losses to Chicago are his most against any team.

Suppan has gone 0-6 with a 6.23 ERA in his last nine starts against the Cubs, and he's 1-9 with a 5.38 ERA in his last 15 road starts overall.

The right-hander has gone 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA in his last three outings. Suppan gave up five runs over 4 2-3 innings in a 6-3 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday.

The Cubs, however, have scored four runs over 37 2-3 innings against starting pitchers in their last six games. Erik Bedard threw six scoreless innings against them Sunday.

"We didn't score, again, off the starter, so that magnifies everything,' manager Dale Sveum said.

The Padres hope Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin are both in the lineup Monday. Quentin, out since right knee surgery in mid-March, could join the team in Chicago for his San Diego debut. The outfielder has completed two rehab stints.

"There's a chance you could see him in the field," manager Bud Black told the Padres' official website.

Maybin has struggled with a .216 average, but the injury-plagued Padres would welcome his return. He sat out a 2-0 loss Sunday with a right wrist sprain.

"It feels better," Maybin said. "It was a little more swollen (Saturday). I think it could have been from swinging."

San Diego, 3-15 against left-handed starters, will face Travis Wood (0-1, 3.86) in his third start for Chicago. Wood yielded two runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 2-1 loss at Houston on Tuesday as he took the place of the demoted Chris Volstad in the rotation.

Wood has gone 0-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two career starts against the Padres.

Only the Pirates have scored fewer runs among NL teams than the Cubs (161) and Padres (151). San Diego is last in the majors with 18 homers.

These teams split six 2011 matchups.


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05/28/2012 08:15 AM

Preview: Astros (22-25) at Rockies (17-29)

Game: 1
Venue: Coors Field
Date: May 28, 2012 8:10 PM EDT

After one of their best stretches of the season, the Houston Astros once again hit a stumbling block on the road. A matchup with the Colorado Rockies might help end the Astros' woes away from home.

The Astros will try to avoid a third straight loss and send the Rockies to their 18th in 23 games Monday in the opener of a rare, scheduled day-night doubleheader.

Houston (22-25) is 16-10 at Minute Maid Park, but only 6-15 on the road. After wrapping up a 6-2 homestand last week and winning Friday's series opener in Los Angeles, the Astros dropped their final two games to the major league-best Dodgers including a 5-1 loss Sunday.

Houston gave up 12 hits - including five to Jerry Hairston Jr. - in the series finale and produced only two, Jose Altuve's triple to lead off the game and a sixth-inning single by Jed Lowrie. The final seven spots in the lineup went a combined 0 for 20.

"It's frustrating. We came up just a little short," Astros starting pitcher J.A. Happ told the team's official website. "That's a heck of a ballclub, and we had a chance to take a series from them."

Although Coors Field is traditionally hitter-friendly, Houston's pitching staff may be able to right itself against a Colorado lineup that's batting .239 during a 5-17 stretch. The Rockies (17-29) have also dropped seven of eight at home.

They had only five hits Sunday in Cincinnati but all five were solo homers, including two from Carlos Gonzalez. Still, Colorado fell 7-5 as the Reds hit four home runs of their own to set a record for most combined long balls (nine) in Great American Ball Park history.

"In defeat, I can't tell you how proud I am of this ballclub the way they stayed after it (Sunday)," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "There is nothing we could do about the first four innings of the game. Six of their seven runs cross the plate via the home run. You can't catch those."

Tracy's starter for Monday's opener, Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.83 ERA), kept the ball in the yard Tuesday but gave up six runs and nine hits over five innings of a 7-6 loss at Miami. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA over his last four starts.

Nicasio gave up one run over seven innings against Houston on April 8, but the Rockies' bullpen couldn't hold a one-run lead in a 3-2 defeat.

The Astros will counter with Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 2.14), who earned his first win since May 2 on Wednesday. The left-hander gave up one run on a solo homer over seven innings of a 5-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Rodriguez is 0-2 with a 5.18 ERA in his last four starts against Colorado, but allowed only three unearned runs over six innings against the Rockies in the clubs' April 6 season opener at Minute Maid. He did not get a decision in that 5-3 defeat, the only loss of that series for the Astros.

Houston was swept in a three-game series at Coors last Aug. 22-24 after winning seven of its previous nine there.

The Astros are expected to take advantage of a new rule that allows a 26-player roster for doubleheaders and call up Jordan Lyles (0-1, 5.29) from Triple-A Oklahoma City to pitch the nightcap. The right-hander, who made three starts in the majors before being sent down May 20, has never started against Colorado.

Alex White (1-3, 5.32) will start opposite Lyles for the Rockies and try to win back-to-back starts for the second time in his career. The right-hander gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings Wednesday in Miami but got credit for an 8-4 victory.

White is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA in two career starts against Houston.


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05/28/2012 08:17 AM

Preview: White Sox (26-22) at Rays (29-19)

Game: 1
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: May 28, 2012 3:10 PM EDT

An offensive surge has propelled the Chicago White Sox to their longest winning streak of the season.

A solid start from Chris Sale helped the club begin its run.

Looking for a sixth consecutive victory, Sale and the White Sox face a stiff challenge Monday in the opener of a three-game road set against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chicago (26-12) has totaled 52 runs and 64 hits during its five-game winning streak. The White Sox have scored at least 10 runs in three of their last four games, including a 12-6 victory over Cleveland on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Paul Konerko hit his 400th homer in a White Sox uniform to help them move within one-half game of the Indians for the AL Central lead.

The White Sox have homered in 13 straight games for the first time since 2006, and are batting .309 with 23 home runs during a 9-1 stretch.

"Its a nice roll," Konerko told the team's official website. "We've got to try to roll this out as best we can."

Konerko has been remarkable all season, batting a major league-leading .399 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. He's batting .565 (26 for 46) with five homers and 15 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak that was interrupted when he missed two games after being hit in the face with a pitch against the Cubs on May 18.

"He's figured something out,' teammate Gordon Beckham said. "It's fun to run out on the field every day with him, that's for sure.'

Konerko is batting .432 with two homers and seven RBIs in his last 10 games versus Tampa Bay.

Sale (5-2. 2.50 ERA) has allowed one run and seven hits while striking out 13 over 12 1-3 innings to win his last two starts. The left-hander gave up two hits in seven innings of a 6-0 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday to begin Chicago's current winning streak.

"Part of pitching is finding a groove and rolling with it,' said Sale, who will be making his first start against the Rays. He's made two relief appearances against them, allowing one run in 2 1-3 innings.

Tampa Bay (29-19) has won three of four and moved into a tie with Baltimore atop the AL East after rallying for a 4-3 victory at Boston on Sunday. One day after Jarrod Saltalamacchia's two-run homer in the ninth inning sent the Rays to a 3-2 loss, Sean Rodriguez did the same in the ninth to beat the Red Sox.

Rodriguez and Matt Joyce each had two hits for Tampa Bay. Joyce is 5 for 10 in the his three games after going 1 for 14 over his previous six. He's also batting .471 (8 for 17) in his last five games against the White Sox.

Making his first appearance against Chicago, Matt Moore (1-4, 5.07), is 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA in four starts since beating Seattle on May 1. The left-hander allowed four runs - two earned - and walked four in 4 2-3 innings of Tuesday's 8-5 victory over Toronto.

"His stuff was really, really good again," manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official website. "I just think he started to speed up a little bit after we got the big lead. As opposed to just going out and attacking the strike zone. He will. He will be able to eventually do that.

"But again, I have a lot of patience for young left-handers with that kind of arm."




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05/28/2012 08:17 AM

Preview: White Sox (26-22) at Rays (29-19)

Game: 1
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: May 28, 2012 3:10 PM EDT

An offensive surge has propelled the Chicago White Sox to their longest winning streak of the season.

A solid start from Chris Sale helped the club begin its run.

Looking for a sixth consecutive victory, Sale and the White Sox face a stiff challenge Monday in the opener of a three-game road set against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chicago (26-12) has totaled 52 runs and 64 hits during its five-game winning streak. The White Sox have scored at least 10 runs in three of their last four games, including a 12-6 victory over Cleveland on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. Paul Konerko hit his 400th homer in a White Sox uniform to help them move within one-half game of the Indians for the AL Central lead.

The White Sox have homered in 13 straight games for the first time since 2006, and are batting .309 with 23 home runs during a 9-1 stretch.

"Its a nice roll," Konerko told the team's official website. "We've got to try to roll this out as best we can."

Konerko has been remarkable all season, batting a major league-leading .399 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. He's batting .565 (26 for 46) with five homers and 15 RBIs during a 13-game hitting streak that was interrupted when he missed two games after being hit in the face with a pitch against the Cubs on May 18.

"He's figured something out,' teammate Gordon Beckham said. "It's fun to run out on the field every day with him, that's for sure.'

Konerko is batting .432 with two homers and seven RBIs in his last 10 games versus Tampa Bay.

Sale (5-2. 2.50 ERA) has allowed one run and seven hits while striking out 13 over 12 1-3 innings to win his last two starts. The left-hander gave up two hits in seven innings of a 6-0 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday to begin Chicago's current winning streak.

"Part of pitching is finding a groove and rolling with it,' said Sale, who will be making his first start against the Rays. He's made two relief appearances against them, allowing one run in 2 1-3 innings.

Tampa Bay (29-19) has won three of four and moved into a tie with Baltimore atop the AL East after rallying for a 4-3 victory at Boston on Sunday. One day after Jarrod Saltalamacchia's two-run homer in the ninth inning sent the Rays to a 3-2 loss, Sean Rodriguez did the same in the ninth to beat the Red Sox.

Rodriguez and Matt Joyce each had two hits for Tampa Bay. Joyce is 5 for 10 in the his three games after going 1 for 14 over his previous six. He's also batting .471 (8 for 17) in his last five games against the White Sox.

Making his first appearance against Chicago, Matt Moore (1-4, 5.07), is 0-3 with a 6.41 ERA in four starts since beating Seattle on May 1. The left-hander allowed four runs - two earned - and walked four in 4 2-3 innings of Tuesday's 8-5 victory over Toronto.

"His stuff was really, really good again," manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official website. "I just think he started to speed up a little bit after we got the big lead. As opposed to just going out and attacking the strike zone. He will. He will be able to eventually do that.

"But again, I have a lot of patience for young left-handers with that kind of arm."




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05/28/2012 08:19 AM

Preview: Royals (19-27) at Indians (26-21)

Game: 1
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: May 28, 2012 4:05 PM EDT

The Cleveland Indians are the AL Central leaders, but they haven't been playing like a first-place team.

Perhaps a return to Progressive Field will help the Indians get back to their winning ways.

Cleveland tries to win a season-best fourth in a row at home Monday when it renews its division rivalry with the Kansas City Royals.

Entering a three-game weekend set with a 3 1/2-game cushion over the second-place White Sox, the Indians (26-21) left Chicago on Sunday with a half-game lead after losing 12-6.

Cleveland was outscored 35-16 in the series.

The Indians, though, have a chance to win four straight at home for the first time since Sept. 22-24 as they open a six-game stretch at Progressive Field that ends against the AL-worst Minnesota Twins.

Josh Tomlin (1-2, 4.67 ERA) is expected to be removed from the disabled list and get the ball Monday. The right-hander hasn't pitched since May 7 due to right wrist soreness, but he didn't report any problems after a simulated game Thursday.

"I'm looking forward to (coming back)," Tomlin told the Indians' official website.

He might not be looking forward to facing the Royals (19-27). Tomlin has an 8.64 ERA in two appearances - one start - against Kansas City in 2012.

He'll face a Royals team that's continuing its nine-game trip after taking two of three from Baltimore. Kansas City had dropped seven of nine before visiting Camden Yards.

"I think we knew it was time to kind of get going here,' right fielder Jeff Francoeur said after Sunday's 4-2 victory.

Francoeur will try to keep it going after extending his hitting streak to seven with a 2-for-4 effort, including his fourth homer in six games. He's batting .517 (15 for 29) during his streak.

"I hope he can sustain it,' said designated hitter Billy Butler, who has homered in five of the last nine games.

Continued production from those two could benefit Monday's scheduled starter Nate Adcock (0-2, 2.33), who takes the mound for the first time in eight days.

In place of the injured Everett Teaford (lower abdominal strain), Adcock - pitching on three days' rest - threw five innings of one-run ball in his first start of the season, a 2-0 loss to Arizona on May 20.

Adcock makes his first start against the Indians after posting a 1.93 ERA in two relief appearances against them in 2011.

He should be careful pitching to Jason Kipnis, who was 6 for 12 with two homers and four RBIs over the weekend. However, the Indians second baseman is hitting .202 at home with two homers and eight RBIs compared to .365 with six homers and 20 RBIs away from Progressive Field.

"My splits at home are terrible," Kipnis told the Indians' official website.

Kipnis was 3 for 9 as Cleveland dropped two of three in the Royals' visit April 24-26.

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera said he doesn't expect to return to the Indians' lineup Monday after missing the last two games with a tight left hamstring. Cleveland is also expected to be without DH Travis Hafner (right knee) for a fifth consecutive game.

Butler is batting .395 (17 for 43) with two homers and eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak versus Cleveland.

Francoeur is 5 for 28 with no extra-base hits as Kansas City has lost four of six in this series in 2012.




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05/28/2012 08:19 AM

Preview: Royals (19-27) at Indians (26-21)

Game: 1
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: May 28, 2012 4:05 PM EDT

The Cleveland Indians are the AL Central leaders, but they haven't been playing like a first-place team.

Perhaps a return to Progressive Field will help the Indians get back to their winning ways.

Cleveland tries to win a season-best fourth in a row at home Monday when it renews its division rivalry with the Kansas City Royals.

Entering a three-game weekend set with a 3 1/2-game cushion over the second-place White Sox, the Indians (26-21) left Chicago on Sunday with a half-game lead after losing 12-6.

Cleveland was outscored 35-16 in the series.

The Indians, though, have a chance to win four straight at home for the first time since Sept. 22-24 as they open a six-game stretch at Progressive Field that ends against the AL-worst Minnesota Twins.

Josh Tomlin (1-2, 4.67 ERA) is expected to be removed from the disabled list and get the ball Monday. The right-hander hasn't pitched since May 7 due to right wrist soreness, but he didn't report any problems after a simulated game Thursday.

"I'm looking forward to (coming back)," Tomlin told the Indians' official website.

He might not be looking forward to facing the Royals (19-27). Tomlin has an 8.64 ERA in two appearances - one start - against Kansas City in 2012.

He'll face a Royals team that's continuing its nine-game trip after taking two of three from Baltimore. Kansas City had dropped seven of nine before visiting Camden Yards.

"I think we knew it was time to kind of get going here,' right fielder Jeff Francoeur said after Sunday's 4-2 victory.

Francoeur will try to keep it going after extending his hitting streak to seven with a 2-for-4 effort, including his fourth homer in six games. He's batting .517 (15 for 29) during his streak.

"I hope he can sustain it,' said designated hitter Billy Butler, who has homered in five of the last nine games.

Continued production from those two could benefit Monday's scheduled starter Nate Adcock (0-2, 2.33), who takes the mound for the first time in eight days.

In place of the injured Everett Teaford (lower abdominal strain), Adcock - pitching on three days' rest - threw five innings of one-run ball in his first start of the season, a 2-0 loss to Arizona on May 20.

Adcock makes his first start against the Indians after posting a 1.93 ERA in two relief appearances against them in 2011.

He should be careful pitching to Jason Kipnis, who was 6 for 12 with two homers and four RBIs over the weekend. However, the Indians second baseman is hitting .202 at home with two homers and eight RBIs compared to .365 with six homers and 20 RBIs away from Progressive Field.

"My splits at home are terrible," Kipnis told the Indians' official website.

Kipnis was 3 for 9 as Cleveland dropped two of three in the Royals' visit April 24-26.

Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera said he doesn't expect to return to the Indians' lineup Monday after missing the last two games with a tight left hamstring. Cleveland is also expected to be without DH Travis Hafner (right knee) for a fifth consecutive game.

Butler is batting .395 (17 for 43) with two homers and eight RBIs during a 10-game hitting streak versus Cleveland.

Francoeur is 5 for 28 with no extra-base hits as Kansas City has lost four of six in this series in 2012.




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05/28/2012 08:21 AM

Preview: Diamondbacks (22-26) at Giants (25-23)

Game: 1
Venue: AT&T Park
Date: May 28, 2012 5:05 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't want to think about where his team would be without Melky Cabrera.

The Arizona Diamondbacks would probably like to find out.

Arguably the hottest hitter in baseball, Cabrera will look to continue his roll Monday when the Giants open a seven-game homestand against the Diamondbacks.

San Francisco (25-23) has shown recent signs it may be capable of challenging the major league-leading Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. The Giants have won seven of 11 and defeated Miami 3-2 on Sunday to complete a 4-3 road trip.

"We'll take it," Bochy told the team's official website. "This has been a tough place for us. We got the series in Milwaukee and this was a huge game, I thought. It has been a pretty good road trip."

No player had a bigger role in Sunday's win than Cabrera, who went 4 for 4 with a solo homer, three runs scored and two steals. It was the third four-hit game this season for Cabrera, the major league leader with 73 hits - the most by a Giants player through 48 games since Willie Mays in 1958.

"I didn't know that I was up there in the ranks of Willie Mays, but I'm honored to be mentioned in the same sentence," Cabrera said through a translator.

Cabrera, whose .369 average ranks second in the NL, went 9 for 18 in the four-game series against the Marlins. He's batting .426 with 17 RBIs this month.

"I can't think where we would be without him," Bochy said.

Bochy's team had lost nine straight to the Diamondbacks (22-26) before Cabrera went 7 for 10 and helped the Giants take the final two of a three-game set at Arizona earlier this month. He is 13 for 28 (.464) with two homers, three doubles and six RBIs in six games this season versus the Diamondbacks, and is a lifetime .381 hitter against them.

The Giants may need Cabrera to continue his hot hitting with struggling Barry Zito (3-2, 3.53 ERA) on the mound.

Zito is 2-2 with a 6.20 ERA in his last four starts and lasted a season-low three innings in Wednesday's 8-5 loss at Milwaukee. He allowed the first six batters to reach base in a 40-pitch first inning and wound up allowing eight runs - four earned - five hits and four walks.

The left-hander beat the Diamondbacks with six strong innings on May 13, but is 4-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 16 career starts against them.

Arizona begins a six-game trip after rallying past the Brewers 4-3 on Sunday for its third win in four games. Aaron Hill went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles as the Diamondbacks won a series at home for the first time since a season-opening sweep of the Giants.

"I hate to keep reverting back to last year. I think everybody's kind of sick of that,' shortstop Willie Bloomquist said, "but that was kind of the recipe we used last year an awful lot - kind of lackluster for the first five innings and then wake up for an inning and take the lead and shut them down seven-eight-nine.'

The season-opening sweep was part of a season-best four-game winning streak for Arizona, which hopes another effective start from Trevor Cahill (2-4, 3.74) can help the club win three in a row for the first time since April 29-May 1.

After allowing four runs in consecutive outings, the right-hander limited the Dodgers to one run over six innings Tuesday but his bullpen failed to hold the lead in an 8-7 loss.

Cahill had yielded one run in each of his first four career starts against the Giants before he was reached for four over 5 2-3 innings of a 5-2 loss May 12.




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05/28/2012 08:22 AM

Preview: Orioles (29-19) at Blue Jays (24-24)

Game: 1
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: May 28, 2012 7:07 PM EDT

The Baltimore Orioles have hit a bit of a rough patch.

Facing the struggling Toronto Blue Jays might help them get back on track.

The visiting Orioles look to avoid matching a season high with their third straight loss Monday night by handing the Blue Jays a sixth consecutive defeat.

Baltimore (29-19) held a two-game lead atop the AL East on May 19 while riding a five-game winning streak. Since then, the Orioles have dropped five of seven to fall into a tie for first with Tampa Bay. They stranded 19 runners while scoring five runs in losing the last two against Kansas City to conclude a 2-4 homestand.

"We have to prove to the fans that we're for real,' said center fielder Adam Jones, who extended his career-high hitting streak to 18 games the same day his six-year, $85.5 million contract extension was officially announced. "There's a bigger goal here, I believe, and that's winning games.'

The Orioles have done that versus Toronto (24-24), winning five of six in 2012. Though Baltimore has seven wins in its last 37 games at Rogers Centre, two of them came during a three-game set April 13-15 for its first winning series in Toronto since 2008.

Toronto, which has been outscored 47-25 during its five-game skid, allowed 34 runs in three games at Texas. The Blue Jays have not dropped six straight since a nine-game losing streak May 19-27, 2009.

"Those games are over, we can't go back in time and change them," slugger Jose Bautista told the Blue Jays' official website. "We just have to win (Monday) night."

Jones, batting .338 during his major league season-high hitting streak, is 9 for 21 with three homers and five RBIs versus Toronto this season.

The Orioles hope scheduled starter Tommy Hunter (2-2, 5.07 ERA) can regroup after he allowed five runs in six innings while not factoring in an 8-6 loss to Boston last Monday.

Hunter is 0-1 with a 5.34 ERA in five starts since he yielded a homer to Eric Thames and two other hits in six innings of a 2-1 home win over the Blue Jays on April 24. However, the right-hander gave up five runs and a season-high four homers in six innings at Toronto on April 13.

He is 0-2 with a 6.98 ERA in three starts at Rogers Centre.

Toronto's J.P. Arencibia is 1 for 12 versus Hunter, but he homered twice in Sunday's 12-6 loss to the Rangers. Colby Rasmus also homered and had three hits.

Rasmus is 7 for 20 with two homers and four RBIs in the last four games, but 0 for 13 in his last four versus Baltimore.

Toronto starting pitchers have posted a 13.50 ERA during the losing streak that began when scheduled starter Drew Hutchison (3-2, 5.73) gave up six runs and two homers in a season-low four innings of an 8-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

In his second career start, the right-hander allowed two runs in five innings while not factoring in a 5-2 loss at Baltimore on April 26.

The Blue Jays could be without shortstop Yunel Escobar, who left Sunday's game with tightness in his left groin. He's batting .333 during the last 10 games.


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05/28/2012 08:24 AM

Preview: Mariners (21-29) at Rangers (30-18)

Game: 1
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Date: May 28, 2012 8:05 PM EDT

Very little has shut down Texas' prolific offense, but the Seattle Mariners' Kevin Millwood, of all people, is one of the pitchers to have given the team problems.

The AL West-leading Rangers look to carry some momentum from an amazing weekend into Monday night's series opener with the Mariners and Millwood, who shut down Texas for a second time last week.

The Rangers (30-18) lead the majors with 276 runs, 73 homers, a .289 average and an .824 OPS, and they flexed their muscles in sweeping a weekend series from Toronto, combining for 34 runs, 10 homers and 44 hits while producing a 1.091 OPS. Nelson Cruz finished the series with two homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs, Adrian Beltre drove in five runs and Ian Kinsler had three doubles, four RBIs and five runs.

"We have All-Stars,' Ron Washington said after Sunday's 12-6 win. "The guys who hit behind (Josh) Hamilton are guys who can drive in runs.'

Despite boasting one of baseball's most potent lineups, the Rangers totaled seven runs and 16 hits in dropping two of three last Monday-Wednesday in Seattle, and Millwood (3-4, 4.72 ERA) was one of the pitchers to silence their bats.

In the Mariners' 5-3 victory Wednesday, the 37-year-old gave up three hits - singles to Kinsler and Hamilton and a double to Beltre - and a walk over six shutout innings. This was the second time this season Texas struggled against Millwood, who held the Rangers to a run and four hits over six innings in a 4-3 comeback win April 11.

"He's not much to figure out - he's always been fastball, curve, slider and changeup. But he's a veteran who knows how to pitch and has been doing it for a long time," left fielder David Murphy told the Mariners' official website. "He's had our number and he's in our division, so we're going to face him a lot and we have to make an adjustment."

The Rangers aren't the only team having trouble against the 16-year veteran, who pitched for Texas from 2006-09.

Prior to shutting down the Rangers, Millwood threw a two-hitter in a 4-0 win over Colorado on May 18. He has gone 17 straight innings without allowing a run - which trails only an 18-inning scoreless streak from Aug. 23-Sept. 3, 1999, for the longest of his career - and has given up just one run in his last 25 innings.

"Confidence goes a long ways in this game and that's kind of what I'm working on right now,' Millwood said.

While the Rangers could have some problems scoring, runs could also be at a premium for Seattle (21-29), which has little offense to speak of and has historically had virtually no success against scheduled starter Matt Harrison (5-3, 4.72).

At Safeco Field on Tuesday, the left-hander allowed a run and eight hits while matching a season best with six strikeouts in seven-plus innings of a 3-1 win. The victory marked Harrison's sixth in as many starts against the Mariners dating to May 1, 2010, and he is 7-0 with a 1.95 ERA in eight starts against them since 2009.

None of this bodes well for a Seattle offense that ranks 10th in the AL in runs (185) and 13th in batting (.226). Since facing Texas last week, the Mariners combined for nine runs and 18 hits in being swept in a four-game series by the Los Angeles Angels.

"We've got to do more offensively,' manager Eric Wedge said. "It's hard to win up here if you have to be perfect out there on the mound.'

Ichiro Suzuki was 2 for 16 in the series, while leadoff hitter Dustin Ackley was 2 for 12. Ackley was hitless in four at_bats last week against Harrison, falling to 0 for 15 lifetime in their matchups.




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