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05/01/2013 10:04 AM

MLB

Wednesday, May 1

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Trend Report
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12:40 PM
NY METS vs. MIAMI
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Mets's last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
NY Mets are 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Miami is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games at home

1:05 PM
MINNESOTA vs. DETROIT
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota's last 6 games when playing Detroit
Minnesota is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
Detroit is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota

1:10 PM
PITTSBURGH vs. MILWAUKEE
Pittsburgh is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

1:45 PM
CINCINNATI vs. ST. LOUIS
Cincinnati is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
Cincinnati is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games on the road
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 8 games when playing Cincinnati

3:35 PM
LA ANGELS vs. OAKLAND
LA Angels are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 16 of LA Angels's last 22 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Oakland's last 10 games

7:05 PM
PHILADELPHIA vs. CLEVELAND
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing Cleveland
Cleveland is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 6 games at home

7:05 PM
HOUSTON vs. NY YANKEES
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees's last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
NY Yankees are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

7:07 PM
BOSTON vs. TORONTO
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Boston's last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
Toronto is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games

7:10 PM
WASHINGTON vs. ATLANTA
Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
Washington is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games

8:05 PM
SAN DIEGO vs. CHI CUBS
San Diego is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego's last 6 games when playing on the road against Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 8-15 SU in their last 23 games
Chi Cubs are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing San Diego

8:05 PM
CHI WHITE SOX vs. TEXAS
Chi White Sox are 3-7 SU in their last 10 games
Chi White Sox are 5-14 SU in their last 19 games on the road
Texas is 2-5 SU in their last 7 games when playing Chi White Sox
Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games

8:10 PM
TAMPA BAY vs. KANSAS CITY
Tampa Bay is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Kansas City
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Kansas City's last 21 games when playing Tampa Bay
Kansas City is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Tampa Bay

9:40 PM
SAN FRANCISCO vs. ARIZONA
San Francisco is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Arizona
San Francisco is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Arizona's last 6 games when playing San Francisco
Arizona is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against San Francisco

10:10 PM
BALTIMORE vs. SEATTLE
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore's last 7 games when playing Seattle
Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Seattle is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing Baltimore
Seattle is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

10:10 PM
COLORADO vs. LA DODGERS
Colorado is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Dodgers
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Dodgers's last 6 games when playing at home against Colorado
LA Dodgers are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Colorado

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05/01/2013 10:05 AM

MLB

Wednesday, May 1

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Four Wednesday starters with a combined 13-2-2 over record
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Any bettor that wagered $100 on the over on each of these pitcher's 17 starts would be up $1,033.19.

Here's a look at four pitchers starting on Wednesday that have a combined 13-2-2 over record:

Erik Bedard, Houston Astros (0-2, 7.98 ERA, 3-0-1 O/U as a starter)

In Bedard's last three starts, he has given up 13 earned runs in only 7 1/3 innings, while serving up five home runs.

Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers (3-1, 1.34 ERA, 4-1 O/U)

The Tigers have scored 7, 10 and 10 runs in three of Sanchez's starts. Octavio Dotel melted down in the other over game after Sanchez gave up only two earned runs through 6 2/3 innings. Detroit averages 4.96 runs per game offensively, fifth in baseball.

Aaron Harang, Seattle Mariners (0-3, 11.37 ERA, 3-0 O/U)

Harang has been blasted since returning to the American League for the first time since 2003. He hasn't made it to the sixth inning, has given up six home runs and 16 earned runs in his three starts.

Juan Nicasio, Colorado Rockies (3-0, 4.62 ERA, 3-1-1 O/U)

The Rockies have scored an average of 6.2 runs a game when Nicasio has been on the hill, better than the team's 5.35 runs per game average. Along with Nicasio not making it to seventh inning once and giving up an average of a home run a game, the scoreboard lights up with Nicasio pitching.

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MLB

Wednesday, May 1

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Wednesday's MLB weather watch
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Favorable weather across the majors today, but a possibility of showers in Kansas City. Here's the MLB weather report for Wednesday:

Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves (-115, 7)
Site: Turner Field

The wind will blow in from right field at 11 mph.

San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs (+107, n/a)
Site: Wrigley Field

The wind will blow from right to left at 10 mph.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Kansas City Royals (+108, 8)
Site: Kauffman Stadium

The wind will blow in from left field at 17 mph, with a possibility of rain showers.

Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals (-110, 7.5)
Site: Busch Stadium

Winds will blow from right field to center field at 10 mph.

Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers (-228, 8.5)
Site: Comerica Park

Wind will blow in from center field at 10 mph.

Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers (-119, 8.5)
Site: Rangers Ballpark

Wind will blow in from left field at 11 mph.

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05/01/2013 06:26 PM

MLB
Short Sheet

Wednesday, May 1

National League

Washington at Atlanta, 7:10 ET ESPN
Zimmermann: Washington 5-16 SU revenging 2 straight losses where team scored 2 or less runs
Maholm: Atlanta 21-6 SU after scoring 8 runs or more

San Diego at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 ET
Cashner: San Diego 17-9 SU after having won 4 of their last 5
Feldman: 8-17 TSR in games played on a grass field

(TC) San Francisco at Arizona, 9:40 ET
Lincecum: San Francisco 28-14 SU after allowing 1 run or less
McCarthy: Arizona 4-13 SU in home games after scoring 4 runs or less 3 straight games

Colorado at LA Dodgers, 10:10 ET
Nicasio: Colorado 7-0 SU after 2 or more consecutive overs
Beckett: 10-22 TSR in games played on a grass field


American League

Houston at NY Yankees, 7:05 ET
Bedard: Houston 10-42 SU as a road underdog of +175 to +250
Phelps: NY Yankees 26-12 OVER as a favorite of -200 or more

Boston at Toronto, 7:05 ET
Buchholz: 15-3 TSR when the money line is -100 to -150
Buehrle: Toronto 5-12 SU when the total is 8 to 8.5

Chicago White Sox at Texas, 8:05 ET
Sale: CHI White Sox 35-46 SU when the total is 8 to 8.5
Tepesch: Texas 14-3 SU in night games

Tampa Bay at Kansas City, 8:10 ET
Hellickson: Tampa Bay 0-9 SU after a loss by 6 runs or more
Mendoza: Kansas City 42-35 SU when the total is 8 to 8.5

Baltimore at Seattle, 10:10 ET
Chen: Baltimore 13-5 SU in road games after a win by 4 runs or more
Harang: Seattle 40-23 UNDER at home when the total is 7 to 7.5


Interleague

Philadelphia at Cleveland, 7:05 ET
Lee: Philadelphia 10-1 SU in road games after allowing 8 runs or more
Bauer: Cleveland 1-11 SU after 2 straight games where they stranded 5 or less runners on base


(TC) = Time change

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05/01/2013 06:32 PM

Early Morning Action So Far:

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

05/01/13 5-­3-­0 62.50% +­1635 Detail

Totals 5-­3-­0 62.50% +1635


Wednesday, May 1
Game Score Status Pick Amount

Philadelphia - 7:05 PM ET Cleveland +122 500 POD # 1
Cleveland - Under 7.5 500

Houston - 7:05 PM ET NY Yankees -193 500
NY Yankees - Over 8.5 500

Boston - 7:07 PM ET Toronto +121 500 POD # 3
Toronto - Over 8.5 500

Washington - 7:10 PM ET Washington +115 500 POD # 2
Atlanta - Over 7 500

Chi. White Sox - 8:05 PM ET Chi. White Sox +104 500
Texas - Under 8.5 500

San Diego - 8:05 PM ET San Diego -118 500
Chi. Cubs - Over 8.5 500

Tampa Bay - 8:10 PM ET Kansas City +101 500
Kansas City - Under 8 500

San Francisco - 9:40 PM ET San Francisco +107 500 POD # 4
Arizona - Under 9 500

Baltimore - 10:10 PM ET Seattle +119 500 POD # 5
Seattle - Over 7.5 500

Colorado - 10:10 PM ET LA Dodgers -142 500
LA Dodgers - Over 7.5 500

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05/02/2013 09:27 AM

Preview: Rays (12-15) at Royals (15-10)

Game: 3
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: May 02, 2013 2:10 PM EDT


After their comeback win put them back atop the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals have to be feeling good about staying there behind right-hander Ervin Santana.

The Royals send their hottest pitcher to the hill Thursday when they try for a three-game sweep and eighth win in nine home meetings against the road-weary Tampa Bay Rays.

Kansas City (15-10) fell into a 5-0 hole Wednesday and appeared to be on its way to a third loss in four games, but closed the deficit to 5-4 before scoring five times in the sixth inning for a 9-6 lead.

Lorenzo Cain and Jeff Francoeur provided the key hits during that sixth-inning rally and the Royals held on for a 9-8 victory that moved them back atop the Central.

"It looked like we were behind the eight-ball,' said designated hitter Billy Butler, who is batting .345 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 22 home games against the Rays, "but we just stayed within ourselves and kept pecking away.'

The Royals look to carry over their momentum as they go for their first sweep since taking three in a row from Minnesota in their first home series.

Since losing his debut with the Royals, Santana (3-1, 2.00 ERA) has been outstanding with a 3-0 record and a 1.20 ERA over his last four starts - all Kansas City victories.

The right-hander put together his best outing Saturday when he allowed six singles over seven shutout innings in a 3-2 win over Cleveland.

"He's been pretty electric,' first baseman Eric Hosmer said.

Santana, though, hasn't fared nearly as well in 13 starts against the Rays, going 5-6 with a 5.47 ERA. He's allowed 15 runs and seven homers over his last 16 1-3 innings versus Tampa Bay.

It's not likely to be any easier this time against the Rays (12-15), who have totaled 28 runs and batted .314 with eight home runs in the last four games.

Tampa Bay, however, fell to 2-4 on its 10-game trip and has lost 11 of 15 on the road overall.

"We actually did a lot of things well, another good offensive night,' manager Joe Maddon said. "For the pitching to come apart is really unusual for us.'

Evan Longoria, who went 3 for 5 with a double and triple Wednesday, is 5 for 12 with a pair of homers against Santana.

In only his second start due to a calf injury, Luke Scott had three hits - including his first home run. He's also 8 for 21 with two doubles and two homers in this matchup.

James Loney is also swinging a hot bat, going 11 for 23 over his last five contests.

Tampa Bay's Roberto Hernandez (1-4, 5.28) will try to bounce back after falling to 0-3 with a 6.50 ERA in three road starts with a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday. The right-hander allowed five runs and a career-worst three homers over six innings.

"I tried to keep the ball down to get a ground ball but I couldn't get the ground ball,' said Hernandez, who is 2-2 with a 5.92 ERA in seven career starts in Kansas City.

Alex Gordon has given Hernandez trouble throughout his career with 15 hits - including a homer and four doubles - in 31 at_bats.

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05/02/2013 09:29 AM

Preview: Padres (10-17) at Cubs (11-16)

Game: 4
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: May 02, 2013 2:20 PM EDT


The Chicago Cubs are putting together a strong stretch at Wrigley Field.

Starlin Castro has been impressive there all season.

Castro attempts to continue his offensive barrage at home Thursday, when the Cubs try to take this four-game set from the San Diego Padres.

Chicago (11-16) is hitting .237 while averaging 3.6 runs on the season. However, the Cubs have been much better in winning three of four at home, batting .316 with eight homers and 6.0 runs per game.

They had dropped five of their previous seven as hosts.

Castro, a two-time All-Star, has been their best hitter at Wrigley, compiling a .367 average with four doubles, three homers, one triple, eight RBIs and nine runs. He has hit safely in every home game.

The shortstop has a homer among his five hits in this series along with three RBIs and four runs. He's 10 for 26 with two homers, seven RBIs and seven runs over his last six home meetings with the Padres (10-17), and he was at it again in Wednesday's 6-2 win.

Castro had two hits with two runs while plating a run as the Cubs won for the seventh time in nine tries at home versus San Diego.

Travis Wood (2-1, 2.25 ERA) has been arguably Chicago's most reliable starter, but he may appreciate some help from the offense since he's been backed by seven total runs over five starts.

The left-hander has done his part over the last four, yielding two earned runs while completing at least six innings in each outing.

He was solid again Saturday, giving up two runs on a pair of homers in six innings of a 3-2 win at Miami.

Wood hasn't been very good in five games - four starts - against the Padres, going 0-1 with a 4.21 ERA, and he was hit hard in the only matchup at Wrigley on May 28. He surrendered six runs and four homers with three walks in five innings while not getting a decision in an 11-7 win.

Wood has also struggled against Chase Headley, who is 6 for 12 with two homers off him.

The third baseman also seems to enjoy visiting the North Side, hitting .400 with three homers and five RBIs in the last six games there.

He's 8 for 17 with three doubles, two homers and three RBIs over his past four games overall.

Will Venable is mired in an 0-for-18 slump over the past eight games, but both of his hits in seven at_bats versus Wood were homers.

Rookie Jedd Gyorko will face Wood for the first time, and he's batting .324 over the past nine games after connecting for his first career homer Wednesday.

"I was glad to get it over with," Gyorko said of the solo shot. "Hopefully it doesn't take another 100 at_bats to get my next one."

Eric Stults (2-2, 5.67) is expected to take the mound, and he's lost all three starts at Wrigley Field with a 7.24 ERA.

The left-hander, however, scattered five hits with five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings of a 2-0 home victory in his most recent start against the Cubs on Aug. 6.

Stults hasn't come close to being that sharp of late, surrendering 10 runs in 11 innings while going 0-1 over his last two starts.

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05/02/2013 09:31 AM

Preview: Red Sox (19-8) at Blue Jays (10-18)

Game: 3
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: May 02, 2013 7:07 PM EDT


Finally getting some run support, Ryan Dempster picked up his first win in a Boston Red Sox uniform.

The veteran right-hander could be in line for another if the MLB-leading Red Sox can continue their power surge versus the Blue Jays.

Dempster, a native of British Columbia, will make his first start in Toronto and first in Canada in a decade on Thursday night when Boston goes for its fourth consecutive series win.

Signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, Dempster (1-2, 3.30 ERA) went 0-2 through his first four starts with the Red Sox (19-8) totaling 12 runs in those contests. It was a different story on Friday, when Boston pounded out nine extra-base hits among its season-high 17 overall to back Dempster to the 7-3 win

"(His splitter) was like some Nintendo stuff going on out there," catcher Davis Ross said.

Dempster struck out 10 for the second time in three starts.

"It's always nice to get the first win out of the way, especially the first one with a new team, and hopefully I can build off that and work toward another," he told the Red Sox' official website.

Dempster last faced the Blue Jays in a relief appearance in 2005 while with the Chicago Cubs, and his last appearance north of the border was April 19, 2003, when he pitched in Montreal while with Cincinnati. Dempster went 5-0 with a 3.71 ERA in nine starts visiting the Expos.

He can only hope his teammates' bats stay hot when he tries to send the Blue Jays (10-18) to their 12th defeat in 16 games. Led by Mike Napoli's two homers - tying Will Middlebrooks for a team-best four versus Toronto this season - Boston hit five out of the park in Wednesday's 10-1 win. The Red Sox, who hit three long balls in Tuesday's 9-7 loss, now have one more homer against Toronto (16) than the rest of their opponents combined.

"When the roof is closed and it's warm in here, the ball definitely flies,' said manager John Farrell, whose club has a major league-best 8-3 road record.

Trying to slow down the Red Sox will be J.A. Happ (2-1, 3.86), who knows he'll have to cut down on his walks. The left-hander gave up two free passes in his last start, both of which scored on a Travis Hafner's three-run homer in Toronto's 5-4 loss at the New York Yankees on Saturday, and has 11 overall.

"It's something that can't happen,' Happ said. "Maybe I was trying to overanalyze out there, set myself down to bring myself up, but we're well beyond that point. I've just got to figure it out quicker.'

Happ had it figured out against Boston in his first start of the season in a 5-0 win on April 6, combining with two relievers on a two-hitter.

The southpaw will get his first look at David Ortiz this season, who has hit safely in each of his 10 games since coming off the DL on April 20.

Ortiz, 0 for 2 off Happ, is riding a career-best 22-game hitting streak dating to last season.

Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion, who had his eight-game hitting streak snapped on Wednesday, is 1 for 11 off Dempster. So is Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus.

Boston has outscored Toronto 36-19 while winning three of five meetings this season, all played at Rogers Centre.

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05/02/2013 09:32 AM

Preview: Marlins (8-20) at Phillies (12-16)

Game: 1
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Date: May 02, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


After their pitching staff allowed 20 runs and 31 hits in consecutive losses, the Philadelphia Phillies should be able to breathe easier with red-hot Kyle Kendrick set to face the worst offense in baseball.

Kendrick looks to continue his outstanding stretch Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against the visiting Miami Marlins.

Despite having Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee on the mound, Philadelphia (12-16) was outscored 20-2 while getting swept in a brief series in Cleveland.

"The Indians beat up on us these two games,' said manager Charlie Manuel following a 6-0 loss on Wednesday. "They took it to us pretty good.'

Now Manuel's club returns home looking to snap a three-game losing streak at Citizens Bank Park.

Kendrick (2-1, 2.41 ERA) is pitching with some confidence heading into this start after recording the second shutout of his career in a 4-0 road win over the New York Mets on Friday.

The right-hander scattered three singles, walked one and struck out five while allowing two runs or less for the fourth straight start. He's 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA over that span.

"He's had a lot of poise on the mound,' first baseman Ryan Howard said.

Kendrick is also 7-0 with a 2.19 ERA in his last nine starts against the Marlins, who enter this series last in the majors in runs (79), batting average (.224) and homers (12). The Phillies have won eight of those nine games dating back to the 2010 season.

NL-worst Miami (8-20) failed to sweep the Mets on Wednesday and had its season-high three-game win streak snapped when its bullpen blew a three-run lead in a 7-6 loss.

"It's tough to sweep teams in the big leagues,' manager Mike Redmond said. "At the end of the day we won a series, and that's huge, and hopefully something we can build off during this road trip.'

The Marlins turn to right-hander Alex Sanabia (2-3, 4.85) as they embark on a season-high 10-game trip.

After tossing six shutout innings in his first start, Sanabia has posted a 6.08 ERA while dropping three of his last four outings. He allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Sanabia pitched well in his only career start in Philadelphia, giving up one run and six hits over six innings in a 2-1 loss on Sept. 15, 2011.

Howard, who had his 11-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday, went 6 for 12 with four doubles to help the Phillies take two of three in Miami last month.

Second baseman Chase Utley is batting .348 in 67 career home games against the Marlins.

With Miami's Rob Brantly questionable due to a cut on the index finger of his throwing hand, Miguel Olivo could get another start behind the plate.

Olivo, though, may have a difficult time breaking out of his 1-for-16 slump since he is 1 for 9 against Kendrick.

Third baseman Placido Polanco makes his first trip back to Philadelphia after spending the past three seasons with the Phillies.

Philadelphia has won nine of the last 12 meetings in this series.

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05/02/2013 09:34 AM

Preview: Nationals (14-14) at Braves (17-10)

Game: 4
Venue: Turner Field
Date: May 02, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


An outstanding pitching performance helped them finally beat the Atlanta Braves, but the Washington Nationals still have injury concerns and an offensive slump holding them back.

After ending a nine-game losing streak to the NL East leaders, the Nationals will try to earn a split of this four-game series Thursday night at Turner Field.

Jordan Zimmerman gave up two hits over eight superb innings and Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in a rare 2-0 victory over the Braves (17-10) on Wednesday as Washington (14-14) snapped a three-game skid overall.

"We needed that one bad and he went out and pitched a blueprint game,' manager Davey Johnson said.

Johnson received some good news on Wednesday with ace Stephen Strasburg expected to make his next scheduled start after experiencing no pain during a bullpen session.

Jayson Werth, however, missed his second game in a row with a strained right hamstring and a bruised left ankle and Bryce Harper had to leave in the middle of the sixth after tweaking his left side on a check swing.

The Nationals don't want to lose Werth or Harper for a significant amount of time with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) likely returning this weekend.

"If I can play,' Harper said, "I'm going to play. I can tolerate pain. Hopefully nothing will keep me out of the lineup.'

Washington's depleted lineup has managed just seven runs and a dismal .165 batting average over its last four games.

It won't get any easier for the Nationals considering their recent track record against Atlanta's Kris Medlen (1-3, 3.26 ERA).

Medlen was dominant in two starts against Washington last season, allowing one run and striking out 20 over 14 innings in a pair of Atlanta victories.

After limiting opponents to three earned runs and 15 hits over 19 innings in his first three starts this season, the right-hander has taken a step back lately with eight runs and 17 hits allowed in consecutive losses.

He'll try to recover from one of the worst outings of his career after he surrendered five runs and 10 hits - including a pair of homers - over 5 1-3 innings in a 7-4 loss at Detroit on Saturday.

Adam LaRoche, a career .177 hitter in 57 games against Atlanta, will try to break out of his 1 for 35 slide overall.

Washington right-hander Dan Haren (2-3, 6.29 ERA) hopes to build off his promising performance in a 6-3 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday. He allowed two runs and six hits over a season-high six innings.

"I finally feel like part of the team,' said Haren, who was signed as a free agent this offseason. "I've got to be like this or better the rest of the year. There's no excuse for me not to be.'

Haren has won two of three career starts at Turner Field despite a 7.31 ERA, though those victories came back in 2004 and 2005.

B.J. Upton, who went 0 for 3 on Wednesday and is hitting .138 on the season, has struck out 11 times but has five homers and 10 hits in 31 career at_bats against Haren.

Atlanta, which ranks near the top of the majors in home runs and strikeouts, has whiffed 80 times but only has three home runs over the last seven games.

"That's what we're billed as,' manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Teams that aren't striking out are probably complaining they don't have any power.'

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05/02/2013 09:35 AM

Preview: White Sox (11-15) at Rangers (17-10)

Game: 3
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Date: May 02, 2013 8:05 PM EDT


A.J. Pierzynski's first interaction with his former club wasn't very pleasant.

He may be in the lineup against the Chicago White Sox for the first time Thursday night, when the Texas Rangers attempt to remain the only team in the majors to avoid losing a series.

Pierzynski spent eight seasons with the White Sox (11-15), playing a vital role in helping them win the 2005 World Series.

The former All-Star left Chicago for Texas (17-10) via free agency in December, and he's hitting .360 in eight home games.

He wasn't very happy with his first meeting with the White Sox after soreness and bruising to his side kept him out of Tuesday's 10-6 win in the opener of this three-game set.

In a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-2 loss, Pierzynski was hit by a pitch from closer Addison Reed. The fiery catcher reacted by flipping his bat away and saying a few words before staring at Reed on his way to first - and even more after getting there.

"I'm sure he was just trying to pitch me in and it got away," Pierzynski said diplomatically afterward.

The catcher may start Thursday as Texas tries to avoid its first series loss this season, but he'll see a familiar face when he steps into the batter's box.

"I mean, certainly we know each other very well," White Sox starter Jake Peavy told the team's official website of his scheduled start in the series finale. "He knows a lot of what I'm probably going to do to him. And I know what to do to him. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

"A.J. is a great hitter, and it's not a fun test trying to get him out three or four times."

Pierzynski is 4 for 15 versus Peavy, but that was before they became teammates in Chicago in 2009.

Peavy (3-1, 3.38), though, is looking for his first win versus Texas. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA in four career starts, but enters this meeting with some momentum.

He's 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 20 2-3 innings over his last three outings.

Peavy turned in another quality start Friday, allowing three runs and two homers while fanning six in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay.

The Rangers are scheduled to counter Peavy with rookie Justin Grimm (2-0, 1.59), who has won his last two starts while yielding two runs - one earned - and yielding 11 hits with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings.

"The name of the game is trusting my stuff," Grimm told the team's official website "It's not just the stuff, it's just a mindset. It's not trying for the strikeout or trying to do too much but just trusting my stuff out there."

The right-hander certainly did that Friday, scattering five hits in seven scoreless innings of a 4-3 win at Minnesota.

"I just want to pitch for this team, whether it's in the rotation or not," Grimm said. "I want to prove that I belong here. That's the whole idea."

It seems like he'll get that chance since Matt Harrison had a setback in his recovery from surgery on a herniated disk in his lower back, and needs a second operation in nine days.

Grimm, though, was tagged for three runs with three strikeouts and two walks in the final three innings of a 19-2 road loss to the White Sox on July 3.

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