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Tuesday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Clay Buchholz, Boston Red Sox (7-, 5.38 ERA)
Buchholz has won three straight starts, allowing just three runs while striking out 22 batters over that span. The BoSox hoped he would be able to start Sunday night on regular rest, but he felt he needed a few extra days after throwing at least 100 pitches in four straight outings. Boston is averaging 6.6 runs in his starts this year.
Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals (10-2, 2.42 ERA)
Lynn struck out a career-high 12 batters against the White Sox to join R.A. Dickey as the only 10-win pitchers in the bigs. Lynn didn’t allow a run in 7 1/3 innings and now has 23 punch-outs in his last 13 1/3 innings. The 25-year-old sits ninth in MLB starter money standings, having earned 6.57 units for his supporters.
Scott Feldman, Texas Rangers (0-6, 6.50 ERA)
Feldman is still looking for his first win of the season and his problems continued last week against Arizona. He started strong by striking out the side in the first, but ended up allowing four earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work. He now has a 10.50 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP in his last three starts for the Rangers.
Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies (9-3, 3.34 ERA)
Hamels just hasn’t been himself over his last few trips to the mound. He gave up six earned runs on eight hits, including a couple of homers last week at Minnesota. It was the second straight start that saw him blow a three-run lead and he has now served up eight home runs in his last four outings.
Betting tips: Brewers scratch SP Marcum vs. Blue Jays
Weather to watch
Miami Marlins at Boston Red Sox – 11 mph winds are expected to blow out to left-centerfield.
NBA: Heat are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 home games.
Euro 2012: France has just one loss in its last seven competitive matches.
MLB: Pirates are 7-0 in their last seven games as a favorite.
WNBA: Connecticut Sun are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 vs. Eastern Conference.
NBA: Thunder are 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games following a ATS loss.
MLB: Rockies are 1-10 in their last 11 overall.
WNBA: Liberty are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
45 – The New York Liberty are coming off a franchise-worst 45-point loss at Connecticut as 8-point underdogs. The Liberty shot just 36.5 percent from the floor and are set as a 6.5-point underdogs Tuesday in Atlanta.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine - Ukraine's veteran striker participated in Monday's training session, but is still considered "50-50" to play in Tuesday's final group game against England. He scored both of his club's goals in its 2-1 victory over Sweden.
Game of the day
Oklahoma City Thunder at Miami Heat (-3.5, 192)
“I don't give a damn how we get four. We can win 32-31. It doesn't matter to me. We can win any type of game. We can win a gritty game, a high-paced game, but we take every game as its own. We don't go into a game saying this is what type of a game it's going to be. We going into a game saying this is how we're going to play. We're going to be aggressive, we're going to try to control the rebounding, have low turnovers, and we're going to try to get some good shots up, and try to get to the free-throw line.” – Miami Heat’s LeBron James ahead of Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Thunder.
Notes and tips
Shaun Marcum will not make Tuesday’s scheduled start against his former team, the Toronto Blue Jays. Marcum is experiencing tightness in his right shoulder, though the severity of the injury isn’t known yet. He is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA this season for the Milwaukee Brewers, who have yet to name a starter to fill in for Marcum yet.
France coach Laurent Blanc is considering lineup changes to his roster for Tuesday’s game against Sweden. France would finish first in Group D with a victory and will go through with a draw, but has three players coming into this match with yellow cards. Blanc is considering resting right back Mathieu Debuchy, center half Philippe Mexes and right winger Jeremy Menez with Sweden already eliminated. If any of those three players are booked again Tuesday, they would be suspended for the quarterfinals.
Three Toronto FC players were arrested for public intoxication early Sunday after their involvement in a bar fight in Houston. The status of Miguel Aceval, Luis Silva and Nick Soolsma for Wednesday’s game against Houston is unknown as of yet. Toronto owns an MLS-worst 1-10 record this year.
AL teams were 3-6 Monday, they're 99-78 against NL teams in interleague play this season, with six days to go.
Remember there are DHs in games in American League parks, no DHs in National League parks. It doesn't seem to affect totals either way.
At 2:25am late Monday night, neither Houston-Milwaukee had named a starting pitcher for Tuesday's game.
-- Kuroda is 3-0, 1.29 in his last four starts. THudson is 1-1, 1.80 in his last couple starts, but he did miss a start with an injured foot in between those two games.
-- Reds won five of last six Leake starts (3-0, 4.25).
-- Lynn is 4-1, 3.00 in his last five starts. Verlander is 1-0, 2.57 in his last couple starts.
-- Price is 2-2, 3.16 in his last five starts.
-- Diamond is 2-1, 3.32 in his last three starts.
-- Buchholz is 3-0, 1.45 in his last four starts.
-- Peavy has a 2.79 RA in his last three starts.
-- Angels won last five Wilson starts (3-0, 0.77).
-- McCarthy is 5-0, 2.31 in his last six starts. Harang is 2-0, 2.84 in his last three starts.
-- Hamels is 1-2, 7.71 in his last three starts. Outman is 0-1, 11.25 in his last couple starts.
-- Tomlin is 2-2, 6.95 in his last four starts.
-- Wang is 1-2, 5.02 in three starts this season.
-- Correia is 1-6, 5.65 in his last nine starts.
-- Hunter is 1-1, 8.00 in his last four starts.
-- JSantana is 1-1, 9.00 in two starts since his no-hitter.
-- Buehrle is 0-3, 4.00 in his last three starts.
-- Hochevar is 0-4, 5.45 in his last six starts. WRodriguez has a 9.28 RA in his last four starts.
-- Wood is 0-3, 4.59 in six starts this season.
-- DHudson has a 5.40 RA in his last four starts. Ramirez allowed six runs in five IP in his first '12 start.
-- Zito is 0-2, 7.36 in his last couple starts.
-- Feldman is 0-6, 9.31 in seven starts this season. Volquez is 1-4, 4.98 in his last six starts.
-- Cincinnati won six of its last seven games.
-- Detroit won six of its last eight games. Cardinals won three of their last four road games.
-- Tampa Bay won last four road games, scoring 29 runs.
-- Pirates won eight of their last nine home games.
-- Bronx won its last ten games, scoring 52 runs.
-- Orioles won ten of their last thirteen games.
-- Red Sox won four of their last five games.
-- Royals won five of their last seven games.
-- Brewers won five of their last six home games. Toronto won three of its last four games.
-- Rangers won seven of their last eight games.
-- Diamondbacks won their last six home games.
-- Angels won seven of their last ten games. Giants are 5-3 in their last eight away games.
-- Oakland won five of its last six games. Dodgers won six of their last seven road games.
-- Rockies lost 10 of their last 11 games; Phillies lost 12 of last 15.
-- Cleveland lost six of its last nine games.
-- Nationals lost last three games, scoring six runs.
-- Twins lost four of their last five games.
-- Braves lost seven of their last eight games.
-- Mets lost three of their last four games.
-- Miami lost ten of its last twelve games.
-- Astros lost 15 of their last 21 games.
-- Cubs lost 12 of their last 17 games. White Sox lost five of six.
-- Mariners lost seven of their last nine games.
-- Padres lost five of their last six home games.
-- Five of last six Hamels starts went over the total.
-- Under is 8-3 in last eleven Bronx home games.
-- Eight of last ten Cleveland home games went over total.
-- Seven of Lynn's last nine starts went over the total.
-- Under is 6-3-1 in last ten Price starts.
-- Over is 9-4 in last thirteen Pittsburgh games.
-- Five of last six Baltimore games stayed under the total.
-- Six of last seven Buehrle starts went over the total.
-- Ten of last eleven Houston games went over the total.
-- Six of last nine Milwaukee games stayed under the total.
-- Nine of Cubs' last thirteen games went over the total.
-- Six of last nine Seattle road games went over the total.
-- Nine of last thirteen San Diego games went over the total.
-- Six of Angels' last seven games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 8-3 in Harang's last eleven starts.