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04/29/2013 01:37 PM

HOUSTON (7 - 18) at NY YANKEES (15 - 9) - 7:05 PM
LUCAS HARRELL (R) vs. ANDY PETTITTE (L)
Top Trends for this game.
HOUSTON is 62-124 (-38.8 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 38-84 (-30.9 Units) against the money line after a loss over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 52-121 (-44.2 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 3 seasons.
HOUSTON is 62-124 (-38.8 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 55-106 (-36.6 Units) against the money line when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last 3 seasons.
HOUSTON is 23-71 (-33.4 Units) against the money line in road games over the last 2 seasons.
HOUSTON is 14-44 (-20.5 Units) against the money line on the road when the total is 8 to 8.5 over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

LUCAS HARRELL vs. NY YANKEES since 1997
No recent starts.

ANDY PETTITTE vs. HOUSTON since 1997
PETTITTE is 1-0 when starting against HOUSTON with an ERA of 2.46 and a WHIP of 0.682.
His team's record is 1-0 (+1.0 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 1-0. (+1.0 units)

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MINNESOTA (11 - 10) at DETROIT (13 - 10) - 7:05 PM
MIKE PELFREY (R) vs. MAX SCHERZER (R)
Top Trends for this game.
PELFREY is 26-48 (-26.7 Units) against the money line against division opponents since 1997. (Team's Record)
PELFREY is 30-48 (-22.0 Units) against the money line after a win since 1997. (Team's Record)
SCHERZER is 18-4 (+12.0 Units) against the money line in home games after a win over the last 3 seasons. (Team's Record)
MINNESOTA is 22-19 (+12.3 Units) against the money line in road games against division opponents over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
MINNESOTA is 2-1 (+1.8 Units) against DETROIT this season
2 of 3 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL this season . (Under=+0.9 Units)

MIKE PELFREY vs. DETROIT since 1997
PELFREY is 1-1 when starting against DETROIT with an ERA of 3.60 and a WHIP of 2.000.
His team's record is 1-1 (+0.4 units) in these starts. The OVER is 1-1. (-0.1 units)

MAX SCHERZER vs. MINNESOTA since 1997
SCHERZER is 3-2 when starting against MINNESOTA with an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.255.
His team's record is 6-3 (+2.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 6-3. (+2.8 units)

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CLEVELAND (9 - 13) at KANSAS CITY (13 - 9) - 8:10 PM
UBALDO JIMENEZ (R) vs. WADE DAVIS (R)
Top Trends for this game.
CLEVELAND is 77-107 (-23.2 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
CLEVELAND is 71-100 (-24.6 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
JIMENEZ is 7-16 (-12.5 Units) against the money line when playing on Monday since 1997. (Team's Record)
JIMENEZ is 38-59 (-24.9 Units) against the money line in road games in games played on a grass field since 1997. (Team's Record)
CLEVELAND is 13-6 (+11.3 Units) against the money line in road games when playing on Monday over the last 3 seasons.
KANSAS CITY is 248-360 (-99.8 Units) against the money line at home when the total is 9 to 9.5 since 1997.

Head-to-Head Series History
KANSAS CITY is 1-0 (+1.0 Units) against CLEVELAND this season
1 of 1 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL this season . (Under=+1.0 Units)

UBALDO JIMENEZ vs. KANSAS CITY since 1997
JIMENEZ is 2-2 when starting against KANSAS CITY with an ERA of 5.64 and a WHIP of 1.747.
His team's record is 2-2 (-0.4 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 2-2. (-0.2 units)

WADE DAVIS vs. CLEVELAND since 1997
DAVIS is 2-0 when starting against CLEVELAND with an ERA of 2.70 and a WHIP of 1.200.
His team's record is 2-0 (+2.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 0-2. (-2.2 units)

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LA ANGELS (9 - 15) at OAKLAND (14 - 12) - 10:05 PM
TOMMY HANSON (R) vs. DANIEL STRAILY (R)
Top Trends for this game.
LA ANGELS are 98-88 (-19.5 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
LA ANGELS are 17-30 (-22.5 Units) against the money line in April games over the last 2 seasons.
LA ANGELS are 61-69 (-26.7 Units) against the money line against division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
LA ANGELS are 4-12 (-11.1 Units) against the money line in night games this season.
OAKLAND is 69-40 (+34.2 Units) against the money line after a win over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 49-27 (+23.5 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 110-83 (+37.8 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 58-38 (+19.1 Units) against the money line in home games over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 44-26 (+26.2 Units) against the money line against division opponents over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 104-77 (+35.6 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 76-50 (+34.7 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons.
OAKLAND is 74-51 (+30.9 Units) against the money line against right-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.
LA ANGELS are 668-659 (+57.2 Units) against the money line in road games since 1997.
LA ANGELS are 159-143 (+27.7 Units) against the money line on the road when the total is 8 to 8.5 since 1997.
LA ANGELS are 557-546 (+59.2 Units) against the money line in road games in games played on a grass field since 1997.
HANSON is 14-5 (+9.5 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons. (Team's Record)

Head-to-Head Series History
OAKLAND is 3-0 (+3.9 Units) against LA ANGELS this season
3 of 3 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL this season . (Over=+3.0 Units)

TOMMY HANSON vs. OAKLAND since 1997
No recent starts.

DANIEL STRAILY vs. LA ANGELS since 1997
STRAILY is 1-0 when starting against LA ANGELS with an ERA of 6.35 and a WHIP of 1.499.
His team's record is 2-0 (+2.5 units) in these starts. The OVER is 2-0. (+2.0 units)

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BALTIMORE (15 - 10) at SEATTLE (11 - 16) - 10:10 PM
ZACH BRITTON (L) vs. JOE SAUNDERS (L)
Top Trends for this game.
BALTIMORE is 74-61 (+23.5 Units) against the money line in night games over the last 2 seasons.
BALTIMORE is 33-23 (+13.1 Units) against the money line against left-handed starters over the last 2 seasons.
BALTIMORE is 48-32 (+24.4 Units) against the money line after a loss over the last 2 seasons.
BALTIMORE is 40-24 (+15.0 Units) against the money line when playing against a team with a losing record over the last 2 seasons.
BALTIMORE is 111-82 (+43.9 Units) against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons.
BALTIMORE is 56-42 (+32.6 Units) against the money line in road games over the last 2 seasons.
BALTIMORE is 29-19 (+12.8 Units) against the money line in April games over the last 2 seasons.
BALTIMORE is 101-71 (+41.3 Units) against the money line in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

ZACH BRITTON vs. SEATTLE since 1997
BRITTON is 0-0 when starting against SEATTLE with an ERA of 2.57 and a WHIP of 0.929.
His team's record is 2-0 (+2.0 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 1-1. (-0.1 units)

JOE SAUNDERS vs. BALTIMORE since 1997
SAUNDERS is 5-0 when starting against BALTIMORE with an ERA of 4.73 and a WHIP of 1.675.
His team's record is 7-0 (+7.0 units) in these starts. The OVER is 7-0. (+7.0 units)

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04/29/2013 05:27 PM

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

04/28/13 23-­9-­0 71.88% +­7255 Detail
04/27/13 18-­12-­0 60.00% +­2330 Detail
04/26/13 6-­21-­1 22.22% -­8355 Detail
04/25/13 11-­10-­3 52.38% +­995 Detail
04/24/13 13-­15-­0 46.43% -­1595 Detail
04/23/13 14-­12-­1 53.85% +­790 Detail
04/22/13 12-­10-­0 54.55% +­720 Detail
04/21/13 16-­15-­1 51.61% -­265 Detail
04/20/13 17-­15-­0 53.13% +­555 Detail
04/19/13 9-­3-­0 75.00% +­3030 Detail
04/18/13 11-­6-­1 64.71% +­2720 Detail
04/17/13 10-­13-­1 43.48% -­1265 Detail
04/16/13 14-­11-­1 56.00% +­1560 Detail
04/15/13 12-­4-­0 75.00% +­3650 Detail
04/14/13 15-­13-­0 53.57% +­530 Detail
04/13/13 14-­16-­0 46.67% -­1510 Detail
04/12/13 10-­6-­0 62.50% +­2555 Detail
04/11/13 5-­6-­1 45.45% -­460 Detail
04/10/13 15-­10-­1 60.00% +­2240 Detail
04/09/13 14-­14-­0 50.00% -­440 Detail
04/08/13 12-­7-­1 63.16% +­2080 Detail
04/07/13 15-­13-­2 53.57% +­840 Detail
04/06/13 11-­18-­0 37.93% -­4805 Detail
04/05/13 17-­12-­0 58.62% +­2035 Detail
04/04/13 15-­7-­0 68.18% +­4160 Detail
04/03/13 15-­15-­0 50.00% -­350 Detail
04/02/13 8-­6-­0 57.14% +­1305 Detail
04/01/13 10-­13-­0 43.48% -­1935 Detail

Totals 362-­312-­14 53.71% +18370

A nice recovery over Friday's lost......Saturday,Sunday Nice profits.

Monday, April 29

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Houston - 7:05 PM ET Houston +221 500 POD # 3
NY Yankees - Over 7.5 500

Minnesota - 7:08 PM ET Minnesota +205 500 POD # 5
Detroit - Under 8.5 500

Washington - 7:10 PM ET Atlanta +114 500 POD # 4
Atlanta - Under 7 500

NY Mets - 7:10 PM ET NY Mets -150 500
Miami - Over 7 500

San Diego - 8:05 PM ET San Diego +137 500 POD # 1
Chi. Cubs - Under 9 500

Cleveland - 8:10 PM ET Kansas City -141 500
Kansas City - Under 9 500

Pittsburgh - 8:10 PM ET Pittsburgh +117 500 POD # 2
Milwaukee - Under 8 500

Cincinnati - 8:15 PM ET St. Louis -125 500
St. Louis - Under 7 500

San Francisco - 9:40 PM ET Arizona -104 500
Arizona - Over 8 500

LA Angels - 10:05 PM ET Oakland -126 500
Oakland - Over 8 500

Baltimore - 10:10 PM ET Baltimore -111 500
Seattle - Under 7.5 500

Colorado - 10:10 PM ET LA Dodgers -156 500
LA Dodgers - Over 7.5 500

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04/30/2013 07:11 AM

Preview: Twins (11-11) at Tigers (14-10)

Game: 2
Venue: Comerica Park
Date: April 30, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


A finger problem won't keep Justin Verlander from trying to help the Detroit Tigers record a season-high fifth straight victory.

The star right-hander doesn't seem too concerned about taking the mound Tuesday night when he tries to extend his recent dominance over the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Verlander (2-2, 1.95 ERA) allowed two runs and eight hits against Kansas City on Thursday, but left with a 3-2 lead after the seventh inning with what appeared to be a blister on his pitching thumb. Detroit's bullpen gave up the tying run in the eighth and five in the 10th of an 8-3 loss.

Verlander, meanwhile, doesn't think it will be an issue.

"It developed a little in my last start. Started getting a little bit worse after the fifth, and I started to notice it,' Verlander said. "I didn't want to risk it becoming something that I might have to deal with in my next start and the start after that, and then it turns into a month. This way, it isn't an issue. That's why I got out of there.'

The problem was later deemed a crack in the skin near his fingernail.

"He's dealt with it before," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand told the Tigers' official website. "Basically, it's a crack in the skin just like regular people working outside. Unfortunately, the location of it in the thumb area caused him to not be able to pitch coming out in the eighth inning."

Of more concern for Verlander and manager Jim Leyland might be the play of his teammates when their ace pitches. In addition to the bullpen's struggles in his last appearance, Detroit (14-10) has been shut out in two others.

Verlander has not needed much support while winning seven straight starts against the Twins (11-11) and has gone 8-0 with a 1.71 ERA in nine since a 2-0 loss to them at Comerica Park on April 27, 2010. He allowed four hits and struck out seven in five scoreless innings of a 4-2 season-opening win at Minnesota.

Twins star Joe Mauer is a lifetime .373 hitter with three homers against Verlander. However, he's gone hitless (0 for 19) in five straight games for first time during his stellar career after an 0-for-4 effort in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Tigers.

Prince Fielder hit a towering three-run homer in the sixth to help rally his team from down two runs in the series opener. Miguel Cabrera, who hit a three-run homer in Sunday's 8-3 win to complete a sweep of Atlanta, had his 12-game hitting streak snapped.

Fielder is 3 for 20 (.150) in his last six games but batting .343 (12 for 35) with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 10 games against the Twins at Comerica.

He's 2 for 6 with a double against scheduled Minnesota starter Vance Worley (0-3, 6.38), who allowed three runs in six innings of the opening-day loss to Verlander.

The right-hander gave up 14 runs in six innings over his next two starts but has yielded three in 12 frames of the last two. He allowed two runs in five innings of a 2-1 loss to Texas on Thursday.

"Worley's had a couple starts where he didn't look like he had a whole heck of a lot, but he made it through five innings just by battling," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Twins' official website.

Worley is 0-6 with a 6.56 ERA in 10 starts since he won at Washington on Aug. 1 while with Philadelphia.

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04/30/2013 07:14 AM

Preview: Astros (8-18) at Yankees (15-10)

Game: 2
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Date: April 30, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


A pitching matchup between the New York Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda and Houston Astros' Philip Humber appears to be a colossal mismatch.

Kuroda has never lost in seven career starts against the Astros while Humber has been hit hard in losing all five starts for Houston heading into Tuesday night's matchup.

Houston (8-18) ended a nine-game road slide as well as New York's four-game win streak with a 9-1 rout in Monday's opener of a three-game set.

The Yankees (15-10), though, figure to be heavily favored in the second game.

Kuroda (3-1, 2.79 ERA) is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA against the Astros and brings in a 15-inning scoreless streak against them.

New York has won four straight starts by the right-hander, who is 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA in that span. He gave up three runs over six innings Thursday in a 5-3 home win over Toronto, settling down and not allowing a hit over his final four frames.

"This might be his best performance of the year," manager Joe Girardi said. "It says a lot because he didn't have a whole lot."

Kuroda's batterymate was the injured Francisco Cervelli in each of his last three outings, with Chris Stewart catching him in his first two 2013 outings. He has a 1.61 ERA with Cervelli behind the plate, but a 6.75 mark with Stewart.

Opponents are batting .215 against Kuroda this year while that figure is a robust .343 against Humber (0-5, 7.99).

Humber failed to get out of the first inning and allowed eight runs two starts ago against Cleveland before yielding seven over 4 2-3 innings Thursday in a 7-2 defeat at Boston.

"I'm just not making good pitches," Humber said. "It's not fun to go out there and get hit around like that."

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts against the Yankees back in 2011.

One factor in his favor would be if he faces Ichiro Suzuki, who got the night off Monday. Humber is the pitcher Suzuki owns the most at_bats against without a hit, going 0 for 9 - 0 for 3 in Humber's perfect game last season with the White Sox.

Houston had 17 hits for its second-highest total to break a four-game overall slide. Carlos Corporan homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Brandon Barnes had three hits and three RBIs and each set career highs for hits and RBIs.

The Astros recovered after being outscored 28-10 in a four-game sweep by the Red Sox.

"I know they can do it,' manager Bo Porter said. "You're just waiting for it to happen night in and night out and be consistent. That's why we stay positive, because we know it's in there.'

The top three hitters for New York combined to go 6 for 11, but the rest of the lineup was 2 for 20.

The Yankees were without Kevin Youkilis for the eighth time in nine games because of a bad back. He had an MRI on Monday and he'll get a shot for his back probably on Tuesday.

New York leads the all-time series 8-2.

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04/30/2013 07:16 AM

Preview: Red Sox (18-7) at Blue Jays (9-17)

Game: 1
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: April 30, 2013 7:07 PM EDT


While the major league-leading Boston Red Sox find themselves on the verge of a historic April, it's been a forgettable opening month for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Red Sox go for a franchise-record 19th win in April and sixth straight victory overall as they open a three-game set against the slumping Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Enjoying its best start since 2002, Boston (18-7) has won 13 of 16 while averaging 5.1 runs and hitting .329 with runners in scoring position. The Red Sox, who went 18-8 in April 1998 and 2003, also lead the AL with a .221 opponent batting average.

"The fact is, we have three areas of the game where we're operating pretty well right now," manager John Farrell told MLB's official website. "We've had a very good offensive approach. ... We've done a very good job of chasing a starting pitcher to get into the middle of the bullpen. Our starting pitching has been very consistent. I think we've played very good defensively."

Boston hits the road after completing a four-game sweep of Houston with Sunday's 6-1 victory. John Lackey threw six strong innings and David Ortiz continued his surge with two hits and two RBIs.

Ortiz has gone 16 for 31 with two homers, five doubles and 11 RBIs in eight games since coming off the disabled list. He'll look to stay hot against the Blue Jays, whose 4.46 ERA ranks among the worst in baseball.

Toronto (9-17) returns home following a 1-6 trip. The Blue Jays dropped all four games at Yankee Stadium, falling 3-2 on Sunday.

"Obviously it's been incredibly disappointing for everybody," losing pitcher R.A. Dickey said. "The beauty of baseball is that it's only one month, so there's still time. But at the same time, we just can't keep going out there and saying, 'Oh, things will turn.' We know what needs to be done. It's just a matter of doing it."

While many expected the Blue Jays to compete for the AL East crown, they'll conclude April at the bottom of the division. Batting .229 on the season, Toronto has hit .179 with runners in scoring position during a 1-6 stretch.

"We just need to be more consistent and obviously I've looked at the team overall offensive stats, we're much better than that," said Jose Bautista, hitting .192 with seven homers. "It will even out, it will go back up, we just need to get hot sooner rather than later and just play consistent overall. That's it."

Bautista hasn't faced anyone more than scheduled starter Jon Lester, going 10 for 45 with four homers and 11 strikeouts.

Lester (4-0, 2.27 ERA) wasn't at his best but beat Oakland 6-5 on Wednesday after allowing season highs of three runs, six hits and six walks over 5 2-3 innings.

Lester was superb in a 13-0 win at Toronto on April 7, striking out six over seven innings of five-hit ball. The left-hander is 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA over his last nine road starts against the Blue Jays.

Toronto counters with Brandon Morrow (0-2, 5.27), who allowed four runs over 6 1-3 innings in Wednesday's 6-5, 11-inning win at Baltimore.

The right-hander has gone 1-3 over 16 games - eight starts - versus Boston while compiling an 8.28 ERA, by far his highest mark against any team he's faced more than twice. Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Ortiz are a combined 24 for 52 with seven homers against Morrow.

The Red Sox are expected to activate reliever Joel Hanrahan from the disabled list Tuesday. He's been out since April 13 with a hamstring injury.

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04/30/2013 07:18 AM

Preview: Phillies (12-14) at Indians (10-13)

Game: 1
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: April 30, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


It took more time than he would have liked, but Roy Halladay has gotten back to the level at which he's accustomed to pitching.

That's good news for a Philadelphia Phillies team which manager Charlie Manuel believes is starting to click.

Philadelphia seeks a fourth straight victory as it visits the Cleveland Indians to open a two-game interleague series Tuesday night.

After finishing an injury-plagued 2012 with a 4.49 ERA that was his worst in 12 years, Halladay (2-2, 5.08 ERA) struggled through a disappointing spring before giving up 12 runs in 7 1-3 innings while losing his first two outings this season.

"I think coming out of spring training, having short outings, having some poor outings, coming back wanting to prove that I was healthy, my focus wasn't on making pitches," Halladay told the team's official website. "My focus was on trying to prove something that necessarily didn't need to be proven."

The two-time Cy Young Award winner has seemingly gotten his mind right and his form back, going 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA over his last three starts. He allowed one run and struck out eight in six innings of a 5-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

"I feel good," Halladay said. "I think that there's always things to improve on. Everything is coming around. If I can be a little more effective early on in the game, I think that would be ideal."

Ryan Howard also has gotten things going since beginning the season in a 4-for-27 funk. He's batting .351 during a 10-game hitting streak and has driven in 10 runs over the last five.

Howard's pinch-hit, two-run double broke a seventh-inning tie as Philadelphia (12-14) beat the New York Mets 5-1 to complete a three-game sweep Sunday.

Catcher Carlos Ruiz, an All-Star last season, returned from a 25-game suspension for using a banned substance, going 1 for 4 with a double.

Manuel, whose team outscored the Mets 18-5 during the series, wasn't keen on having a day off between games given how well the Phillies have been playing.

"I want to keep playing," Manuel said. "We're starting to play sounder baseball."

Cleveland may be starting to feel that way as well.

Ryan Raburn went 4 for 4 with two homers and four RBIs as the Indians won 9-0 in Kansas City on Monday, splitting a four-game set.

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs and is hitting .414 during an eight-game hitting streak for Cleveland (10-13), which outscored the Royals 19-3 to win the last two games.

Cabrera has five RBIs in the past five games after having just three through his first 16.

"It looks like he's starting to get a little more aggressive with his swings. That's good," manager Terry Francona told the team's official website.

The Indians look to stay on track behind Zach McAllister, who has pitched relatively well but doesn't have much to show for it.

McAllister (1-3, 3.52) hasn't given up more than three earned runs in any of his four starts while getting two runs of support or fewer in three of them. The right-hander allowed three runs and walked five in 5 2-3 innings of Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Halladay is 6-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 career starts versus the Indians, though he hasn't faced them since 2009.

These teams haven't met since the Phillies swept a three-game set June 22-24, 2010.

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04/30/2013 07:20 AM

Preview: Nationals (13-13) at Braves (16-9)

Game: 2
Venue: Turner Field
Date: April 30, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


Tim Hudson hasn't won since beating the Washington Nationals earlier this month.

Doing it again would only continue the Atlanta Braves' recent dominance of their NL East rival Tuesday night at Turner Field.

Hudson (2-1, 4.50 ERA) is 0-1 while surrendering nine runs and 15 hits - three homers - in 10 innings over his last two starts. That's been in stark contrast to his 1.32 ERA while winning his previous two games, including a 3-1 victory at Washington on April 13.

He outpitched Stephen Strasburg while holding the Nationals to one run and four hits in seven innings.

Hudson, though, lost both of his home starts against them last year with an 8.53 ERA. That includes an 8-4 defeat July 1, when he allowed six runs in six innings opposite Gio Gonzalez - also scheduled to start Tuesday - for the Braves' most recent home loss to the Nationals.

Since then, Washington has lost four straight in Atlanta, getting held to eight runs. The Braves' overall winning streak over the Nationals has reached eight games - the longest by either team in the all-time series.

Atlanta (16-9) kept that run going in the opener of this four-game set Monday, winning 3-2 after Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice fly in the seventh inning scored Gerald Laird for the decisive run. Laird reached on a walk, then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt before eventually scoring in a rare sequence of small ball from the Braves, who lead the majors with 36 homers.

"We battled and did the little things right," said Simmons, the second-year shortstop. "We got the bunt down. We got the sacrifice fly to get the run in."

Washington (13-13) had 10 hits Monday, but the team is batting .207 with 14 runs over the last eight meetings with the Braves.

Gonzalez (2-1, 4.50) is 2-3 with a 6.08 ERA in five career starts against Atlanta, and they've all come since being acquired in a trade with Oakland prior to last season. Those defeats are the most he's suffered against any opponent in that span.

The left-hander's latest meeting with the Braves on April 14 marked the most runs he's allowed in a Washington uniform. The seven earned runs he surrendered were his most since 2010, giving up homers to Simmons and Justin Upton before getting pulled after five innings of a 9-0 loss.

Gonzalez, though, is coming off his best outing of the season, yielding a solo homer and no other hits in eight innings of Thursday's 8-1 victory over Cincinnati.

"His ball moves a heck of a lot, and it's hard to sit on, but it's a lot easier to sit on if you see a lot of pitches in every at-bat," manager Davey Johnson told the team's official website.

Jayson Werth is 7 for 21 over the past six games, but it's unclear if he'll play after fouling a ball off his left foot in the eighth inning Tuesday. He completed the at-bat - a strikeout - before being replaced in right field by Roger Bernadina.

Werth is a .385 hitter with four doubles and three homers off Hudson, and his 15 hits are a career high against any pitcher.

Bryce Harper hasn't been as effective, going 3 for 12 versus Hudson, and he's 2 for 14 with one homer in four meetings with the Braves this year.

He has one more chance to take sole possession of the franchise record for homers in April, sitting on nine to remain tied with Henry Rodriguez's mark from 1996.

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04/30/2013 07:22 AM

Preview: Mets (10-14) at Marlins (7-19)

Game: 2
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: April 30, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


David Wright was healthy enough to make a late appearance in the series opener, and he could return to the New York Mets' lineup in the next game.

Giancarlo Stanton won't be available for the Miami Marlins for at least a couple weeks.

The light-hitting Mets and the major league-worst Marlins are back at it Tuesday night in Miami after the longest-ever game between these NL East foes.

A stiff neck kept Wright out of the starting lineup Monday for the first time this season, but he came on in the 13th inning and struck out.

"I'm very unconcerned about it," Wright told the Mets' official website prior to the 4-3, 15-inning loss. "It's not something I'm worried about."

The Mets (10-14) are extremely concerned about their .169 batting average and 10 total runs during a season-worst five-game skid. They went 1 for 18 with runners in scoring position Monday, the lone hit an infield RBI single by Ruben Tejada in the 15th.

"We just cant drive any runs in," manager Terry Collins said.

That's been an ongoing issue for the Marlins (7-19), who have crossed home plate a major league-low 71 times.

Miami has scored 10 while winning two straight for the first time since Oct. 1 and 2 against the Mets, but Stanton landed on the 15-day disabled list after Monday's game due to a strained right hamstring. The injury occurred in the 10th inning when Stanton, second in the NL with 37 homers last year, was trying to beat out a tapper.

It was horrible news for a team that just finished celebrating Nick Green's game-winning sacrifice fly. The 5-hour, 31-minute contest went three innings longer than any other Mets-Marlins game.

"We're enjoying this win," manager Mike Redmond said, "but at the same time, on Tuesday the reality will set in that (Stanton is) not in the lineup anymore."

Stanton's absence may come as particularly bad news to Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43 ERA), who enters his start Tuesday already with the second-lowest run-support average in the majors at 1.21. The offseason acquisition has made five starts and given up eight total runs, including a season-high three in six innings of Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

That leaves Slowey, who didn't pitch last season due to injuries and went 0-8 in 2011, winless since Sept. 18, 2010, while with Minnesota. He'll try to help the Marlins win three straight for the first time since July 4-6.

New York's starter Tuesday, Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 5.14), hasn't won since a 4-2 victory at Miami on Oct. 3. The Mets have lost each of his five starts this season, but Hefner's last outing - Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers - gave him some reason for optimism.

"When the guys come to the park and they see my name, I don't want it to be, 'Oh man, we've got to score 10 runs because Hef's pitching,'" he told the Mets' official website after giving up one run in a season-high seven innings. "I want it to be, 'Oh, Hef's pitching today. Let's just grind out a couple, and we'll be in it."

Catcher John Buck is doing his part to get the Mets back into the win column. With a two-run shot Monday, Buck matched the club record for homers in April with nine. He's one RBI shy of tying the April team mark of 26, set by Jeff Kent in 1994.

Buck is 3 for 11 with a double off Slowey, while Wright is 2 for 3 with a homer.

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04/30/2013 07:23 AM

Preview: White Sox (10-14) at Rangers (16-9)

Game: 1
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Date: April 30, 2013 8:05 PM EDT


After calling Chicago home for eight seasons, A.J. Pierzynski has settled in nicely with the Texas Rangers.

Yu Darvish is especially glad to have him behind the plate.

Pierzynski faces his former team for the first time as the Rangers open a three-game set against the visiting White Sox on Tuesday night.

A fan favorite from 2005-12, Pierzynski helped lead Chicago to a World Series championship during his first year with the club. The two sides, though, went in different directions this offseason, with the White Sox (10-14) turning to Tyler Flowers and Hector Gimenez and Pierzynski signing a one-year deal with Texas (16-9).

"I don't know if it makes it any less strange or anything, or more strange," White Sox manager Robin Ventura told MLB's official website. "But you know it will be good to see him. He's chatty. I don't have to bat. So I don't have to listen to that part. I'm sure he'll be chatty."

Batting .303 with two homers during an eight-game hitting streak, Pierzynski has had arguably an even bigger impact behind the plate - especially when it comes to Darvish's development.

"He's an unselfish person, an unselfish catcher and he lets me lead the game," Darvish said through an interpreter. "He lets me pitch my game. I think he's a very good catcher and I really like pitching with him."

Darvish (4-1, 1.65 ERA) has been tremendous in his second season since coming over from Japan, striking out a major league-leading 49 over 32 2-3 innings. He struck out 11 and allowed three hits over six innings in Wednesday's 11-3 road win over the Los Angeles Angels, extending his scoreless innings streak to 18.

"This is about as dominant as I've seen someone," manager Ron Washington said. "This guy is finesse and power. He can do either of those, and because he can do either of those when he's on he can make good hitters look bad. When he's not on, he has enough in his repertoire that he can still hang in the ballgame."

The Rangers could surely use another dominant display from Darvish as they try to bounce back from back-to-back losses for the first time this season. Texas is coming off a four-game split at Minnesota after falling 7-2 on Saturday and 5-0 on Sunday.

"It's hard to win when you don't score any runs," Pierzynski said. "We really didn't have a lot of opportunities."

The Rangers, who prior to Monday hadn't had a day off since April 17, have gone 10 for 54 (.185) with runners in scoring position over their last six games.

"The off day is definitely needed," Washington said. "This is the big leagues. You can't be complaining about the schedule. We're not going to make any excuses."

The White Sox are also looking to avoid a third straight loss after splitting a four-game set against Tampa Bay. Paul Konerko hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 8-3 defeat, Chicago's sixth in nine games.

"We just have to keep grinding," Konerko said.

The White Sox turn to Jose Quintana (2-0, 2.78), who's won back-to-back starts and compiled a 0.96 ERA over his last three. The left-hander gave up two runs and four hits over five-plus innings Wednesday in a 3-2 win over Cleveland.

Quintana allowed one run, two hits and struck out a career-high eight over eight innings in a 2-1 win July 5 in his only appearance against Texas.

In his lone matchup versus Chicago, Darvish was tagged for six runs over 6 1-3 innings of a 9-5 defeat July 27.

The White Sox took six of nine from Texas last season, splitting six games in Arlington.

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04/30/2013 07:25 AM

Preview: Padres (9-16) at Cubs (10-15)

Game: 2
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: April 30, 2013 8:05 PM EDT


If the Chicago Cubs are to continue their recent run of success, they likely must find a way to get the best of San Diego's Edinson Volquez.

Winless against Volquez during his career, the Cubs hope to change that while looking for their fifth win in six games Tuesday night against the visiting Padres.

Cody Ransom and Darwin Barney, the seventh and eighth hitters in the lineup, each had two hits with two RBIs in Chicago's 5-3 win over San Diego on Monday.

"These guys are major league players and somebody's got to hit at the bottom of the order,' Padres manager Bud Black said.

The Cubs (10-15) have won five of seven and their pitchers have allowed three or fewer runs in six of those contests. Their bullpen has a 1.39 ERA in 12 games after posting a 6.06 ERA in the first 13.

"For whatever reason, the guys are getting the job done and getting the big outs with whomever I bring out at the time,' manager Dale Sveum said.

The Cubs' 85 runs are still among the fewest in the majors, but they received some timely hitting Monday. Scott Hairston and Ransom hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, and Ransom drove home the go-ahead run in the sixth. Barney followed with his second two-out RBI double of the night.

Ransom was San Diego's opening-day third baseman, but the team designated him for assignment after he started 0 for 11. He's 6 for 13 with two homers and three RBIs in four games since Chicago claimed him off waivers.

The Cubs have won four in a row and six of seven at home against the Padres (9-16), but Volquez (1-3, 6.39 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six starts against them. The right-hander has not faced Chicago since 2011 with Cincinnati, but is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three starts at Wrigley Field.

Volquez yielded 17 runs in 12 1-3 inning to lose his first three starts, but allowed two over 13 frames of the last two. He scattered five hits without a walk in seven scoreless innings of a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday.

"We've seen the good in the year and a month that he (Volquez) has been here,' Black told the Padres' official website. "No doubt he struggled in a couple of his five starts this season. I thought he pitched well. Last week in San Francisco (two runs allowed in six innings of a 3-2 loss) this was a carryover and obviously a much better performance.'

Chicago counters with Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.76), who tries for a sixth time to earn his first win as a Cub.

The right-hander allowed three runs in six innings but continued to struggle with his control and walked four during a 4-3 win at Miami on Thursday. His 15 walks and 17.5 pitches per inning both rank among the highest in the majors.

Jackson is 0-3 with a 3.99 ERA in six starts versus San Diego.

Everth Cabrera had three hits Monday for the Padres, who had their four-game winning streak end.

The San Diego shortstop is 10 for 18 (.556) with three doubles in the last five road games. He's batting .429 (9 for 21) in five at Wrigley.

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