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04/19/2013 12:00 PM

Diamond Trends - Friday

April 19, 2013


SU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Blue Jays are 0-9 since June 23, 2006 at home after scoring 3 runs or less and winning as a favorite and it is the first game of a series for a net profit of $1200 when playing against.


OU TREND OF THE DAY:

-- The Indians are 18-0-1 OU since April 10, 2011 on the road vs a team that has lost at least their last three games.

PITCHER TREND OF THE DAY:

-- When Mat Latos starts the Reds are 10-0 since April 29, 2012 as a home 140+ favorite for a net profit of $1000.

MLB BIBLE ACTIVE TREND:

-- The Marlins are 12-0 (+$1,555) since 2008 when they are off back-to-back losses by at least five runs each and they aren’t playing the Phillies.

ACTIVE TRENDS:

-- The Cubs are 7-0 since September 12, 2011 as a dog after a win in which they had 12+ hits and it is the first game of a series for a net profit of $1020.

-- When Clay Buchholz starts the Red Sox are 0-11-1 OU since April 22, 2010 after more strike outs than hits allowed at home last start for a net profit of $1100 when playing the under.

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04/19/2013 07:38 PM

Friday, April 19

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Seattle - 8:05 PM ET Seattle +210 500 POD # 1
Texas - Under 8 500

Chi. Cubs - 8:10 PM ET Milwaukee -114 500
Milwaukee - Over 7.5 500

Cleveland - 8:10 PM ET Houston +115 500 POD # 2
Houston - Under 8.5 500

Arizona - 8:40 PM ET Colorado -121 500
Colorado - Over 9.5 500

Detroit - 10:05 PM ET LA Angels +111 500 POD # 3
LA Angels - Under 8.5 500

San Diego - 10:15 PM ET San Francisco -210 500
San Francisco - Under 7 500

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04/19/2013 07:48 PM

MLB
Short Sheet

Friday, April 19

National League

Atlanta at Pittsburgh, 7:05 ET MLB
Hudson: Atlanta 20-7 SU when playing on Friday
Rodriguez: Pittsburgh 9-0 OVER after a game where they had 6 or more extra base hits

St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7:05 ET
Garcia: St Louis 80-59 SU in road games with an on base percentage of .285 or worse over their last 5 games
Halladay: Philadelphia 14-25 SU after a loss by 2 runs or less

Miami at Cincinnati, 7:10 ET
Slowey: 21-40 SU after having lost 3 of their last 4
Latos: 20-3 SU as a favorite of -150 or more

Washington at NY Mets, 7:10 ET
Strasburg: Washington 72-45 SU in night games
Harvey: NY Mets 2-9 SU in home games after 2 or more consecutive road games

Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 8:10 ET
Samardzija: CHI Cubs 4-18 SU as a road underdog of +100 to +125
Estrada: 50-16 SU in home games after having won 4 or 5 of their last 6

Arizona at Colorado, 8:40 ET
Kennedy: 16-9 TSR as an underdog of +100 or higher
Chacin: 15-27 SU at home when the money line is +125 to -125

San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 ET
Volquez: San Diego 17-36 SU when playing on Friday
Bumgarner: San Francisco 26-11 SU after scoring 3 runs or less 2 straight games


American League

NY Yankees at Toronto, 7:05 ET
Pettitte: NY Yankees 22-7 SU when playing on Friday
Morrow: Toronto 30-51 SU after allowing 2 runs or less

Kansas City at Boston, 7:10 ET MLB
Shields: Kansas City 18-9 SU after scoring 4 runs or less 5 straight games
Buchholz: Boston 3-10 SU in home games when playing on Friday

Oakland at Tampa Bay, 7:10 ET
Anderson: Oakland 10-1 SU after a win
Cobb: Tampa Bay 6-17 SU after a loss by 4 runs or more

Seattle at Texas, 8:05 ET
Saunders: Seattle 16-7 SU after scoring and allowing 3 runs or less last 2 games
Darvish: Texas 27-33 SU after 2 straight games where they committed no errors

Cleveland at Houston, 8:10 ET
Myers: Cleveland 17-6 OVER in road games after 3 or more consecutive home games
Harrell: Houston 19-55 SU after 2 or more consecutive road games

Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 ET
Worley: Minnesota 41-23 OVER after a game where the bullpen gave up no runs
Peavy: CHI White Sox 16-29 SU in home games after 2 or more consecutive unders

Detroit at LA Angels, 10:05 ET
Sanchez: Detroit 9-19 SU on the road with a money line of -100 to -125
Hanson: 8-1 TSR as an underdog of +100 or higher


InterLeague

LA Dodgers at Baltimore, 7:05 ET MLB
Ryu: LA Dodgers 7-14 SU off a loss to a division rival as a home favorite
Hammel: 13-5 SU in the first half of the season
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04/20/2013 11:32 AM

Preview: Yankees (9-6) at Blue Jays (7-10)
Game: 2
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: April 20, 2013 1:07 PM EDT


While his name isn't likely to come up when discussing the game's best pitchers, Hiroki Kuroda was brilliant his last time out.

He'll try to build on his fifth career shutout Saturday as the surging New York Yankees continue a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

After compiling a 6.75 ERA through his first two turns in the rotation, Kuroda (2-1, 2.87 ERA) delivered a masterful performance Sunday in a 3-0 win over Baltimore, striking out five without a walk in a five-hitter. The right-hander recorded 18 groundball outs and didn't allow a runner past first base until Nick Markakis took second on a bouncer in the ninth inning.


"When I look at Hiroki, he's able to read swings, he's able to change speeds," manager Joe Girardi told MLB's official website. "He has pitches that he can freeze hitters on, certain fastballs; he can get them to swing and miss on his split and slider. He has a curveball that he goes to just to get them off balance. I think he really knows how to pitch."

Kuroda is 6-1 with a 3.68 ERA over his last 11 road starts dating to last year. The right-hander was tagged for a career worst-tying seven runs over five-plus innings of an 8-1 loss at Toronto on May 16, but he's posted a 1.46 ERA in winning his last two starts in the series.

While Colby Rasmus is just 2 for 18 with eight strikeouts against Kuroda, Jose Bautista is 2 for 5 with a pair of homers. Bautista missed the previous four games due to back spasms before going 1 for 3 with a two-run shot in Friday's 9-4 series-opening defeat.

Toronto (7-10) has now lost three off four and dropped to 4-7 at home, where it's gone a horrendous 4 for 53 (.075) with runners in scoring position.

"We can't get anything going. It hasn't come together yet," manager John Gibbons said. "I think it will, it's just a matter of time. But you know what, it's time to start playing better baseball, there's no question about it."

Travis Hafner, meanwhile, hit his fifth long ball and former Blue Jays Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells also went deep as New York posted its fourth consecutive road win. The Yankees (9-6), who have hit .354 and outscored opponents 41-11 over that stretch, have won eight of 10 overall.

"I'm not complaining and I don't hear anyone else complaining," Girardi said. "We've swung the bats really pretty well. We've hit a lot of home runs, we hit a bunch tonight. It's good to see."

New York will try to stay hot against Mark Buehrle (1-0, 7.31), who showed signs of coming around Monday against his former team. The left-hander allowed two runs and nine hits over 6 1-3 innings, earning the victory in a 4-3 win over the White Sox.

"I'm the same pitcher no matter what team, no matter what batters are in there," he said. "Just try to hit my spots, keep the ball down. My cutter was working a little bit better than it has. ... Just seemed like everything was working."

Buehrle, though, could be in for a long day if his efforts versus New York are any indication. He's 0-6 with a 9.00 ERA over his last eight starts against the Yankees, and his lifetime 6.38 ERA against them is his highest against any opponent.

He's had an especially rough time against Wells and Ichiro Suzuki, who are a combined 42 for 92 (.456) in their matchups. Robinson Cano has also fared well, going 6 for 14 with two homers.

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04/20/2013 11:34 AM

Preview: Royals (8-6) at Red Sox (11-4)
Game: 2
Venue: Fenway Park
Date: April 20, 2013 1:10 PM EDT


The Boston Red Sox have plenty of reasons to look forward to taking the field at Fenway Park this weekend.

None more than the chance to help their hometown heal from one of the most tragic events in the city's history.

With slugger David Ortiz expected to make his season debut and Clay Buchholz hoping to remain undefeated, the Red Sox try for a seventh consecutive victory Saturday against the Kansas City Royals in their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings.

Shortly after the Red Sox (11-4) won 3-2 over Tampa Bay in Monday's annual Patriots Day game, two bombs exploded near the downtown finish line of the Boston Marathon. The alleged act of terrorism killed three people, injured more than 170 and jarred the collective hearts of a city and nation.


On Friday night, the Red Sox and Royals (8-6) hoped to provide another element in the healing process for the city of Boston, but the game was postponed with the area on lockdown as various local and national law enforcement agencies searched for the second suspect tied to the bombings.

"You would much rather play, but there are bigger things at stake here than baseball," Royals infielder Elliot Johnson tweeted Friday according to MLB's official website.

Though that was suspect was finally apprehended Friday night, a makeup date for the series opener has yet to be announced. Saturday's contest remains as scheduled.

"It's going to be great,' said Jon Lester, who pitched seven strong innings in Boston's 6-3 win at Cleveland on Thursday. "Maybe for a couple of hours it can get back to being Boston and watching a baseball game and not thinking about all the other things. Hopefully, we'll be able to do that.'

Though the Royals have dropped seven of 10 at Fenway Park, they also are looking forward to Friday's contest.

"It's going to be a lot of fun to go into that city and play in that town when it means more than just playing baseball," Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas told MLB's official website. "It's going to be nice to go into a town and be able to help people out."

During their three-game sweep of Cleveland, the Red Sox put a symbolic jersey in their dugout that had "BOSTON 617 STRONG" on the back. They'll likely do the same with a home jersey at Fenway and have the Red Sox logo "B" with the word "Strong" under it on the Green Monster.

Red Sox fans can certainly find comfort in their team's start after missing the postseason the last three years. Boston leads the AL East and can win seven straight for the first time since 2011.

That success came without Ortiz, who started on the disabled list with an Achilles injury that limited him to 90 games in 2012. The slugger went 4 for 20 during a rehab assignment that ended Thursday when he homered for Triple-A Pawtucket.

"He feels good about where he's at, and all things are pointing to his return," manager John Farrell said.

Ortiz has batted .371 with five homers and 23 RBIs in his last 16 games versus Kansas City.

Buchholz (3-0, 0.41 ERA), meanwhile, has thrown 18 scoreless innings since allowing his only run - a homer at Yankee Stadium on April 3. He's yielded 11 hits and struck out 23 in 22 innings overall.

The right-hander, who took a no-hitter in the eighth Sunday versus Tampa Bay, ultimately allowing two hits and fanning 11 in the 5-0 win, will try not to get caught up in the emotion of a special day.

"I'm going to try to keep my emotions under wraps as much as possible," he told the Red Sox's official website. "Given the circumstances, it's going to be a day that's in pursuit of recovery for everyone who had to face losses."

Buchholz is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA against the Royals, but has not faced them since 2010.

Kansas City counters with James Shields (1-2, 3.43), who went 2-9 with a 5.86 ERA at Fenway for Tampa Bay. However, he allowed four hits in 8 1-3 innings of 1-0 win at Boston last season.

The right-hander gave up three runs, two on a homer, and one other hit in nine innings of a 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday.

Lorenzo Cain had three hits and Jeff Francoeur the RBI in Kansas City's 1-0 win over Atlanta on Wednesday.

Cain is batting .424 in his last nine games, but is 2 for 15 with a homer and six strikeouts at Fenway.

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04/20/2013 11:35 AM

Preview: Marlins (4-13) at Reds (9-8)
Game: 3
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Date: April 20, 2013 1:10 PM EDT


The manner in which the Miami Marlins won their latest contest might be what they need to begin a run in the right direction.

Looking to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, the visiting Marlins continue their series with the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.

Justin Ruggiano hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning to help Miami (4-13) snap the Reds' four-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Friday.

The Marlins have scored four runs in their last three games, but bounced back nicely against a Cincinnati team that totaled 11 runs in each of the previous two contests - including Thursday's series opener.

"We haven't scored a ton of runs,' Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "We're trying to be aggressive in situations when we can be aggressive.'

The hard-throwing Chapman had not allowed a run in his previous eight appearances. Five of the seven homers Chapman has allowed during his four seasons in the majors have come at Great American Ball Park.

"You get so used to him being perfect, but that happens a couple of times a year,' Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It doesn't happen very often."

Ruggiano, who homered in his second straight game, has hit three of Miami's five home runs on the season. He's 7 for 22 with five RBIs in his last six contests and 8 for 20 in seven career games versus Cincinnati (9-8).

Shortstop Nick Green added three hits Friday for Miami, which hopes more competitive efforts are in the team's future.

"It all came together perfect (Friday),' Redmond said.

Scheduled Miami starter Wade LeBlanc (0-3, 6.75 ERA) has served up eight of the 12 runs he's allowed this season in the first inning. Washington scored four in the first Monday off LeBlanc, who yielded seven and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings of a 10-3 loss.

"I don't know. We're only three starts in, but something has got to change," LeBlanc told the Marlins' official website. "We've got to figure out how to get through that first inning unscathed, and give these guys a chance. That's priority No. 1 at this point."

The left-hander is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA against the Reds, but last faced them in 2011.

Cincinnati counters with Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 4.05), who allowed a two-run homer and four other hits in eight innings of a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on Monday. That helped the Reds end a five-game skid and rest a bullpen that had been taxed during the slide.

"(Baker) said that he needed me bad," Arroyo told the Reds' official website. "I assumed that meant go deep in the ballgame and have a 'W' next to our name at the end of the night."

The right-hander is 1-4 with a 4.22 ERA in 10 starts against the Marlins.

Cincinnati managed four of its five hits in six innings Friday off Miami starter Kevin Slowey. Joey Votto drove in the Reds' lone run, but is 1 for 12 with five strikeouts in the last four games.

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04/20/2013 11:37 AM

Preview: Twins (6-7) at White Sox (7-9)
Game: 2
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field
Date: April 20, 2013 3:05 PM EDT


Jake Peavy delivered a masterful performance for the Chicago White Sox his last time out.

He's been plenty sharp against the Minnesota Twins of late, too.

With Peavy looking to build on his latest outing, the White Sox try to continue their recent success against the Twins as these AL Central rivals begin a weather-shortened series Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Peavy (2-1, 3.93 ERA) was lights out Sunday, scattering five hits over seven innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 win at Cleveland. The right-hander struck out 11 to match his high from last season.

"He's not just throwing to one side of the plate," manager Robin Ventura told MLB's official website. "He'll mix it in on the inside part and backdoor you on the outside so I think he was just sharp today. He seemed to be hitting the glove."

Peavy has also been superb in winning four consecutive starts against the Twins (6-7), compiling a 1.73 ERA and striking out 23 in 26 innings. He's made things extremely difficult on Josh Willingham, who's hitless in 15 career at_bats in their matchups. Justin Morneau has also struggled, going 3 for 16.

As if facing Peavy wasn't daunting enough, Minnesota could be a bit rusty following three days off. The Twins, who saw Sunday's matchup against the Mets get postponed, went on to post back-to-back wins over the Angels before Wednesday's series finale was also called off due to weather.

After a scheduled off day, the opener of this set was postponed Friday due to a forecast of cold and windy weather.

"It's never really good to have that many off days, especially when you bang a game this time - you're going to play a lot of games in a row later," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Somewhere you're going to pay. But you can't fight this weather. It is what it is. But you'll be playing in better weather, which is a good thing. But the pitching gets a little out of whack here."

Given the unusual circumstances, the Twins will turn to Vance Worley (0-2, 10.50). Acquired from Philadelphia this offseason, Worley has been a disappointment thus far, and he was especially bad last Friday in a 16-5 loss to the Mets.

The right-hander surrendered a career-high nine runs before being removed after facing four batters and failing to record an out in the second inning.

"It's frustrating," he said. "Nobody likes to have that happen to them. So I'll have to make some adjustments this week so that I'm ready to go."

The White Sox (7-9) are coming off a four-game split with Toronto. Chris Sale was outpitched by R.A. Dickey in a 3-1 loss Thursday as Chicago finished a 3-7 road trip.

"It's been a long, rough trip," Ventura said, "so we are ready to go home and hopefully turn it around."

The White Sox are likely to be without Dayan Viciedo, who left Thursday's game with a left oblique strain. Viciedo is batting .333 with two homers and 13 RBIs in his last 11 matchups with the Twins.

Chicago has won 22 of the last 28 meetings with Minnesota. The White Sox took 14 of 18 last season, including the last four.

They will need to be wary of Joe Mauer, who's gone 16 for 31 with two homers and seven RBIs over the last seven games. Mauer is a career .320 hitter versus Chicago, and his 14 home runs in the series are his most against any opponent.

"When he gets hot, nobody can really stop him," second baseman Brian Dozier said. "He does some pretty neat things with the bat."

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04/20/2013 11:39 AM

Preview: Tigers (9-7) at Angels (5-10)
Game: 2
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: April 20, 2013 3:05 PM EDT


The Los Angeles Angels are playing much better at home, and Albert Pujols is playing a key role.

The venue hasn't mattered when the nine-time All-Star faces the Detroit Tigers.

Pujols looks to continue pounding Tigers pitching in order to help the Angels win their fourth straight at home on Saturday.

Los Angeles (5-10) has been one of the early disappointments of the season, but it's trying to begin reversing its sluggish start on this six-game homestand.

The Angels began that stretch with an 8-1 victory over Detroit, winning a fourth straight at home versus the Tigers.

"I don't feel like anyone has panicked in this clubhouse," said Tommy Hanson, who tossed six scoreless innings Friday. "We know we're a good team, and we're going to play well. I feel like we just need to get rolling, and I don't think anybody is second-guessing our team in this clubhouse."

They're starting to string together some success at home, winning three in a row while scoring 17 runs after mustering 11 while dropping the first four.

Pujols is providing some pop with a .407 average at home compared to .214 on the road. He went 3 for 5 with two RBIs in the opener of this three-game series, giving him a career .458 average in 21 regular-season meetings with Detroit.

Mike Trout is 9 for 20 with four doubles, one homer and six RBIs over the past five games after getting a double and two RBIs on Friday.

The reigning AL Rookie of the Year is 4 for 15 with four RBIs in four home meetings versus Detroit, but two of those hits are doubles while the other two are homers.

Garrett Richards (0-0, 4.22 ERA) is scheduled to get another turn in the rotation with Jered Weaver on the disabled list.

Richards yielded four runs in 6 1-3 innings last Saturday before the Angels rallied with four in the last two frames to pull out a 5-4 win over Houston.

He's 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five games against the Tigers, winning his only start by allowing three hits in seven innings of a 13-0 away victory on July 17.

Torii Hunter, who leads Detroit with a .418 average, has put together a 12-game hitting streak after going 2 for 4 with a double Friday in his return to Anaheim. He's batting .453 over that stretch.

Rick Porcello (0-1, 5.11) is expected to return to the rotation after making his most recent appearance out of the bullpen. The right-hander capped Sunday's 10-1 victory at Oakland by tossing two perfect innings.

Porcello wasn't nearly that effective in his latest start April 10, when he surrendered four runs and eight hits in five innings of an 8-6 loss to Toronto.

He's 3-2 with a 5.80 ERA in seven career starts against the Angels, losing 6-5 in his only appearance in Los Angeles on April 20, 2010. He was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.

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04/20/2013 11:40 AM

Preview: Nationals (9-7) at Mets (8-7)
Game: 2
Venue: Citi Field
Date: April 20, 2013 3:05 PM EDT


Superb pitching has been vital to the New York Mets' early success at Citi Field.

They may need another strong performance on the mound if they're going to beat Gio Gonzalez and the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

New York (8-7) has won five of seven home games thanks in large part to a 2.14 ERA - 1.87 from the rotation. That's a dramatic difference from the Mets' 6.42 ERA in eight road games.

They got another strong performance in the opener of this series Friday, when Matt Harvey outpitched Stephen Strasburg in a 7-1 victory, ending their eight-game home slide to Washington (9-7). Harvey allowed one run and four hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

"He pitched great, but that's the mark of a true ace," manager Terry Collins said. "Games like that can spread to great seasons."

Gonzalez (1-1, 4.50 ERA) pitched plenty of great games last season for the Nationals in finishing third in the Cy Young Award voting, and he certainly had his way with the Mets in his final three starts. The left-hander won all three while posting a 0.96 ERA.

That includes limiting New York to a .116 average in two road outings.

Gonzalez will try to continue that dominance while rebounding from Sunday's 9-0 loss to Atlanta. He was tagged for seven runs and seven hits - two homers - with three walks in five innings after compiling an 0.82 ERA over his first two starts.

"Our job is to make sure we keep them as close as possible, and I didn't do that," Gonzalez said.

Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 7.20) hasn't come close to doing that, either.

The right-hander has surrendered seven runs and four homers in four innings over his last two games - one start. Rain and snow postponed two games and have kept him from starting since a 7-3 loss at Philadelphia on April 10.

Hefner, however, was impressive in his only home start so far, yielding one run in six innings of a 7-5 loss to Miami on April 5.

Hefner's recent troubles may only continue since he lost all three starts versus the Nationals as a rookie last year while compiling a 5.29 ERA. Bryce Harper went 3 for 9 with a double, a triple and a homer in their matchups.

The Mets have 12 homers at Citi Field after going deep four times Friday, and they've hit at least one in each of their first seven home games for the first time since 2002.

They haven't put together a longer season-opening string at home since homering at least once in the first 14 games of their inaugural season of 1962.

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda hit two each Friday, and all three of Davis' have come at home. The first baseman is hitting .173 while tying Marlon Byrd with a team-high 15 strikeouts, but at 4 for 10 he's one of the few Mets who has had some success against Gonzalez.

Duda, 1 for 2 against Gonzalez, is 7 for 17 with four solo homers and seven runs over the past six games.

New York last won back-to-back home meetings with the Nationals when it swept a two-game set from May 18-19, 2011.

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04/20/2013 11:42 AM

Recap: Dodgers , Orioles
Game: 1
Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Date: April 19, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


BALTIMORE (AP) - The rainout of Friday night's game between the Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles provided slumping Los Angeles with a second straight day off, although it didn't feel that way to manager Don Mattingly.

Los Angeles got in batting practice before the rain started. The game never got under way and was finally called after a delay of nearly two hours.

The Dodgers arrived in Baltimore on Thursday, so they've gone two straight days without playing a game.

``Today really wasn't really a day off,' Mattingly said.

Given that the Dodgers arrived at the clubhouse around 3:30 and didn't leave until shortly before 9, he had a point.

This is the Dodgers' only visit to Camden Yards this season, so the teams will play a split-doubleheader on Saturday. The first game will start at 1:05 p.m. and the second at 7:05 p.m.

Los Angeles hasn't visited Camden Yards since 2002. The teams also met in California in 2004.

The Dodgers entered the game mired in a four-game losing streak. Los Angeles scored only seven runs during the skid, which included a three-game sweep by the visiting San Diego Padres.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was scheduled to start for the Dodgers on Friday night, will start Saturday afternoon against Baltimore's Jason Hammel. Josh Beckett will start for the Los Angeles in the nightcap against left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.

``Puts guys on the same time,' Mattingly said. ``Gives Ryu an extra day, so he will be on regular rest.'

The Dodgers are mired in a four-game losing streak. Los Angeles scored only seven runs during the skid, which included a three-game sweep by the visiting San Diego Padres.

Baltimore is in the midst of a nine-game homestand that began with a series win over Tampa Bay. After facing AL East foes Boston, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay in succession, getting ready for the Dodgers and interleague play was quite a change for the Orioles.

``It's a real challenge for your time,' manager Buck Showalter. ``We were here until well after midnight (Thursday) and today spent the whole day trying to gather the information our players need to know. It was one of those days where you close your door from noon to 3 trying to get everything done.'

The Orioles are quite familiar with two of the hottest Dodgers, Adrian Gonzalez (.407 batting average) and Carl Crawford (.375), both of whom played with Boston last season.

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