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05/22/2013 11:58 AM

Preview: Yankees (28-17) at Orioles (24-21)

Game: 3
Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Date: May 22, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


The Baltimore Orioles were staring at the possibility of a winless homestand. Instead, they have a chance to take to the road on a positive note when they wrap up their series with the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Baltimore's struggles at Camden Yards have dropped it into a tie for third with Tampa Bay in the AL East, five games off the pace set by the Yankees (28-17). The Orioles (24-21), though, defeated New York 3-2 in 10 innings Tuesday on Nate McLouth's walkoff homer.

``We really needed this win,' said outfielder Chris Dickerson, who had two solo homers. ``This team continues to grind, continues to push forward even when the chips are down. Nate came up huge. This was one of those things that can turn it around.'

The win came a night after the Yankees rallied against closer Jim Johnson and went on to a 6-4 victory in 10 innings. However, Johnson pitched a perfect inning for the win Tuesday to help Baltimore snap a six-game overall losing streak and seven-game slide at home.

The Orioles now have a chance to wrap up their eight-game homestand with two victories before facing Toronto and Washington on the road for the next six games.

"It was nice to win, period,' manager Buck Showalter said. ``Anytime, regardless of yesterday and the day before. We don't get bogged down in that woe is me and this means that. You've got to keep turning the page.'

That may be a challenge with the Yankees turning to Hiroki Kuroda (6-2, 1.99 ERA), who will try to win his third consecutive start and shut down Baltimore for the second time this year. The right-hander scattered two hits and one walk in eight innings of a 5-0 victory over Toronto on Friday, giving him a 5-1 mark and 1.38 ERA in his past seven starts.

Kuroda notched his fifth shutout at the Orioles' expense April 14, tossing a five-hitter in a 3-0 victory. He is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in three lifetime starts versus Baltimore and will be making his first appearance at Camden Yards.

After a strong start to the season, Jason Hammel (5-2, 5.72) is trying to rediscover that form after being hit hard in his last two outings. He allowed season worsts of seven runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 12-10 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday, and has been reached for 13 runs and 18 hits in 8 2-3 innings in the past two appearances.

"I'm missing out over the plate, arm-side with my fastball," Hammel, whose ERA has jumped 1.62 runs his last two starts, told the team's official website. "It's a pretty simple fix, but for right now, it's seemingly a little bit difficult for me."

Hammel beat the Yankees on April 13, giving up three runs - two on solo homers - in six innings of a 5-3 victory. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 5.82 ERA in nine starts and 15 lifetime appearances versus New York.

Robinson Cano has gone 10 for 26 (.385) with two doubles and a homer against Hammel, while Vernon Wells is 5 for 14 with two solo homers.

The Yankees have scored four or fewer runs in all eight of their road losses. They led 1-0 in the first inning Tuesday but lost for the first time in 20 games when scoring first this season.

``We have to do a better job of adding on when we do score runs early,' Wells said.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Yankees at Orioles
Mon, May 20 Final 6 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Yankees at Orioles
Tue, May 21 Final 2 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Yankees at Orioles
Wed, May 22 - 7:05PM EDT

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05/22/2013 12:00 PM

Preview: Tigers (24-19) at Indians (26-18)

Game: 2
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: May 22, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


Justin Verlander's difficulties began against the Cleveland Indians.

The Detroit Tigers ace, coming off his worst start of the season, will look to get back on track against the Indians Wednesday night.

Verlander (4-4, 3.17 ERA) began his season on a roll, posting a 1.55 ERA over his first seven starts. Then, he faced Cleveland (26-18) and surrendered three earned runs, six hits and a season-high five walks in five innings against the Indians on May 11.

According to Verlander, his rough start against Cleveland contributed to his most recent appearance Thursday, when he surrendered a career high-tying eight runs on six hits in 2 2-3 innings of a 10-4 loss against Texas

"It wasn't much of a night to begin with, but I'd definitely say the whole game kind of (was a) carryover from my last start,' Verlander said. "I'm not somebody who is going to go home and pout about this; I'm somebody who is going to figure it out and figure it out in a hurry.'

He'll have to figure it out in a hurry versus the Indians - his 4.57 ERA in 31 career starts is his worst against any team he's faced at least 10 times. Cleveland is also responsible for four of the 10 career starts Verlander has allowed at least seven runs, and his 14 losses to the Indians are his most to any one team.

Fortunately for Verlander and the Tigers (24-19), teammate Max Scherzer shut down Cleveland's previously red-hot bats on Tuesday night, holding the Indians to two hits over eight innings in a 5-1 victory. He retired the last 22 hitters to face him, and Cleveland's three hits were its fewest since April 12.

"We've got to put that behind us,' leadoff hitter Michael Bourn said. ``Tomorrow we've got Verlander and he's really the ace of their staff.'

Verlander has fared well against the Indians' top hitters. Nick Swisher, who missed Tuesday's game after his wife gave birth to their first child, is 12 of 56 with 20 strikeouts against Verlander, while Asdrubal Cabrera is 8 for 47 with 19 strikeouts.

Carlos Santana is 4 for 20, and Mark Reynolds has struck out nine times in 15 career at_bats against Verlander.

Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 5.31), meanwhile, has been pitching well of late, recording a 1.90 ERA over his last four starts. After walking 10 batters through his first 12 innings of the season and posting an 11.25 ERA after three starts, Jimenez has walked just nine batters since and Cleveland has won the last five games he has started.

That streak includes a win over Detroit on May 11, in which the right-hander yielded one run and three hits over six innings. He then struck out a season-high nine batters in his last start against Seattle, allowing two runs and seven hits in five innings en route to a no-decision in Cleveland's 6-3 victory over Seattle on Friday. Jimenez has struck out eight or more in three straight starts.

Jimenez will attempt to rein in Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who has four home runs and seven RBIs over his last two games. Cabrera is riding a seven-game hitting streak and batting .413 (31 for 75) with eight homers and six doubles in the month of May.

"There aren't many guys who can do that," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said of Cabrera's latest shot. "That's why he is who he is.'

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Tigers at Indians
Tue, May 21 Final 5 to 1
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Tigers at Indians
Wed, May 22 - 7:05PM EDT

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05/22/2013 12:02 PM

Preview: Mariners (20-26) at Angels (18-27)

Game: 2
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: May 22, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


The Los Angeles Angels have a chance to record their longest winning streak of 2013 and extend the Seattle Mariners' worst skid of the season.

Orange County native Brandon Maurer will try to prevent that Wednesday night when the Angels go for a two-game sweep in Anaheim.

Since falling a season-worst 12 games below .500 with a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Friday, Los Angeles (18-27) has reeled off three straight wins to match its longest streak of the season.

The Angels are batting .340 with 10.0 runs per game during their current run after pounding out 15 hits in Tuesday's 12-0 victory. Mike Trout's solo homer in the eighth inning capped off the sixth cycle in team history, and first since Chone Figgins on Sept. 16, 2006.

"We have to see if we can get back in this thing," said Trout, whose three career five-RBI games have all come against Seattle.

The Angels' last four-game winning streak was a five-game run that ended with a 9-4 home loss to Seattle on Sept. 27.

The Mariners (20-26), meanwhile, have dropped five in a row and are 9-17 on the road.

Maurer (2-5, 5.75 ERA) went 6 1-3 innings in the opener of that series, a 6-0 victory, but he's 0-2 in three starts since. The right-hander walked a season-high four in Friday's 6-3, 10-inning loss at Cleveland, but he delivered a solid six-inning performance with three runs allowed.

"I wanted to give him the opportunity to do that (get through the sixth), and it was big for him and us," manager Eric Wedge told the Mariners' official website after Maurer threw a season-high 102-pitches. "He's hard on himself out there. He needs to back off himself a little, but he's learning a great deal every time he goes out there."

The right-hander, who grew up in Costa Mesa, Calif., and starred at Orange Lutheran High School, still has plenty of strides to make against left-handed batters, who are hitting .341 off him.

Josh Hamilton, the Angels' only everyday left-handed batter, was one of six hitters to go 1 for 3 against Maurer last month.

The following day in Los Angeles' 6-3 victory, Wednesday's starter C.J. Wilson (3-3, 3.72) won for the sixth time in seven decisions against the Mariners with 5 1-3 innings of three-run ball.

The left-hander will try to avoid his first career four-start losing streak after dropping his last two to Chicago by identical 3-0 margins. Wilson pitched a season-high seven innings in Friday's defeat, giving up just two runs.

"C.J. did a great job. I hate that we can't score runs for him,' said Hamilton said.

Hamilton might be able to help with that. The former MVP has more homers (19) against Seattle than any other team after going 2 for 5 with a two-run shot Tuesday, his 32nd birthday.

Eric Aybar, one of five Angels with at least two hits in the series opener, is questionable after leaving Tuesday's game with right knee soreness. If he can't go, Brendan Harris could get the start at shortstop.

If the Angels cap off their nine-game homestand with a fifth victory, it will send the Mariners to their first six-game skid since June 9-15.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Mariners at Angels
Tue, May 21 Final 0 to 12
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Mariners at Angels
Wed, May 22 - 7:05PM EDT

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05/22/2013 12:04 PM

Preview: Cubs (18-26) at Pirates (27-18)

Game: 2
Venue: PNC Park
Date: May 22, 2013 7:05 PM EDT


Pitching has been vital to the Pittsburgh Pirates' recent surge, but improvement from the offense may be more important to beating Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija for the first time.

Francisco Liriano will try to keep the Pirates cruising on the mound as they attempt to finally solve Samardzija on Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh is 9-2 over its last 11 games thanks in large part to a 2.34 ERA while limiting opponents to a .223 average.

The offense is also showing signs of improvement, batting .255 over that span - 10 points higher than the team's season mark.

A big at-bat kept the Pirates (27-18) surging in the opener of this three-game series Tuesday. Travis Snider connected for a pinch-hit grand slam during a five-run sixth inning to power a 5-4 win.

Pittsburgh won for the fourth time in 11 meetings with the Cubs, batting .206 and averaging 3.7 runs over that stretch.

Part of those troubles have come against Samardzija (2-5, 3.49 ERA), who has dominated the Pirates - especially at PNC Park.

The right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.92 ERA in 14 games - three starts - against them. All of the wins - including the three starts - have come in his last four visits to Pittsburgh, compiling a 0.69 ERA.

Samardzija was superb there on opening day, striking out nine and allowing two hits in eight shutout innings of a 3-1 win April 1. However, he hadn't won again until last Wednesday, when he allowed two runs in eight innings of a 6-3 victory over Colorado.

He helped himself with a two-run homer in the second.

"He's a velocity guy who can get carried away with trying to blow people away," manager Dale Sveum told the team's official website. "He's learning the hard way and understanding, 'I still better locate my fastball.' He's going to give up the hanging split (sometimes) - that's just the way that goes with a power split, you're not going to throw every one of them to the earth, you are going to hang them sometime.

"That game against Pittsburgh on opening day, he pitched inside incredibly, and we have to get back to pitching to both sides of the plate and not letting guys get comfortable."

Location has been key for Liriano, who has gone 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his first two starts with the Pirates after opening the season on the disabled list while recovering from a broken right arm.

The left-hander's latest effort included seven strikeouts while yielding one run in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-1 victory over Milwaukee in his home debut Thursday.

"I just try to stay calm, not try to do too much, hit my spot and just focus on location," Liriano said. "Pitching is all about location. I'm locating my fastball a lot better and my slider is working for me so far."

Liriano suffered an 8-2 defeat with Minnesota in his only start against the Cubs on June 10, 2012. He gave up four runs and three walks while striking out six in 5 2-3 innings.

Andrew McCutchen had one of the hits off Samardzija on opening day, but he's 2 for 8 with five strikeouts against him dating to last year.

The star center fielder went 0 for 4 in the series opener after missing a game with knee soreness. He was 7 for 14 with five runs over his three previous contests.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Cubs at Pirates
Tue, May 21 Final 4 to 5
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Cubs at Pirates
Wed, May 22 - 7:05PM EDT

GAME 3
Cubs at Pirates
Thu, May 23 - 12:35PM EDT

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05/22/2013 12:09 PM

Preview: Phillies (22-24) at Marlins (13-33)

Game: 3
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: May 22, 2013 7:10 PM EDT


After avoiding a fourth straight loss to the major league-worst Miami Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies appear to have a good opportunity to win the series with Cliff Lee on the mound.

Lee will attempt to win his third straight decision and lead the Phillies to their fourth straight series victory in Miami on Wednesday night.

Following a two-game absence due to a sore knee, Ryan Howard showed no ill-effects with three hits and three RBIs to help Philadelphia (22-24) end its skid against the Marlins (13-33) with a 7-3 victory Tuesday.

Ben Revere added three hits and Delmon Young hit his first homer in 17 games as the Phillies won for the sixth time in nine contests.

"Hopefully we can carry this over the rest of this road trip because we're going to need to score runs the rest of this road trip to win ballgames," Young said.

Philadelphia now turns to Lee (4-2, 2.83 ERA) as it looks to wrap up the first stop on an eight-game road swing in positive fashion.

Since going 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA during a three-start stretch, the three-time All-Star is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA over his last three outings - all Philadelphia victories.

Lee struck out seven and surrendered two runs over seven innings before leaving without a decision in a 5-3 victory over Cincinnati on Friday.

The left-hander has yielded three runs or less in seven of eight career starts against the Marlins, going 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA.

This time, he faces a Miami team that ranks last in the majors in several offensive categories, including runs (125), batting average (.224) and home runs (23).

The Marlins, though, will try to finish with 10 or more hits in three straight games for the first time since April 5-7. Former Phillie Placido Polanco has done some of the damage, going 4 for 8 in the first two games of this series.

Scheduled Miami starter Kevin Slowey (1-4, 3.44) has struggled since snapping his winless streak at 22 appearances in a 14-2 victory at Philadelphia on May 5.

The right-hander gave up six runs and seven hits - three homers - over three innings in a 9-2 loss to Arizona on Friday, leaving him with a 12.91 ERA in his last two starts after posting a 1.81 ERA in his first seven.

"It was the second time in a week that I haven't given my team a chance to win and that's disappointing," Slowey said.

Slowey has struck out 11 and yielded one run over 12 1-3 innings in two starts against the Phillies this season.

Howard is 9 for 17 with four doubles at Marlins Park this season, and Jimmy Rollins is 5 for 11 in his last three games against the Marlins.

Chase Utley, who is 1 for 7 lifetime against Slowey, could be sidelined for the second straight game after feeling discomfort in his right side during batting practice Tuesday.

"When he took a swing, he kind of felt a burn, a pain, in his rib cage," manager Charlie Manuel said.

The Phillies are also expected to be without catcher Carlos Ruiz for at least three weeks due to a strained hamstring.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Phillies at Marlins
Mon, May 20 Final 1 to 5
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Phillies at Marlins
Tue, May 21 Final 7 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Phillies at Marlins
Wed, May 22 - 7:10PM EDT

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05/22/2013 12:11 PM

Preview: Red Sox (27-19) at White Sox (21-23)

Game: 3
Venue: U.S. Cellular Field
Date: May 22, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


Wednesday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and visiting Boston Red Sox was scheduled to be a potential duel between two of this season's most successful starting pitchers.

Instead, Chicago will send Hector Santiago to the mound in place of the injured Chris Sale to oppose Clay Buchholz as it goes for its first series sweep of the season.

Sale, 4-0 with a 1.18 ERA in his last five starts, hasn't allowed a run in 23 straight innings, and his six-start streak of lasting at least seven while allowing fewer than three earned runs is the longest by a White Sox starter since Mark Buehrle's seven-start run in 2007.

Chicago announced Tuesday, though, that the left-hander had been scratched from this start due to mild tendinitis in his shoulder.

Santiago (1-2, 2.78 ERA) will take the hill in Sale's place. He has gone 1-1 with a 2.95 ERA in four starts since making his first May 2, but he walked four and gave up three runs in 3 1-3 innings of Chicago's 12-9 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.

He said he noticed his high pitch count in the fourth before being removed.

"I'm never like that. I go inning by inning. If I go five, if I go seven, it doesn't matter," Santiago said. "(I'm) just trying to make better pitches."

The only time Santiago, who has yet to make a start at home this season, has faced Boston was July 18, when he allowed two runs in three innings of relief in Chicago's 10-1 loss.

He seeks a better performance this time around for the White Sox (21-23), who have won six of nine after Jose Quintana took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of Tuesday's 3-1 victory. David Ortiz's one-out single in the seventh marked the Red Sox's first hit.

"Our starting pitching's really good," said Jeff Keppinger, who hit a two-run homer. "Every game, we're in it. It's just a matter of if we can get that big hit."

Alex Rios went 2 for 4 with an RBI double and is batting .391 during a career-best 16-game hitting streak. Rios, though, is 2 for 13 off Buchholz, who seeks his first victory in four outings.

Buchholz (6-0, 1.78) won his first six starts behind a 1.01 ERA, but he's posted a 3.43 ERA over his last three. He struck out nine and gave up two runs in seven innings of a 3-2, 10-inning win over Minnesota on Friday, marking the sixth time he's finished with at least eight strikeouts.

"Team wins. That's what this game's about. There's absolutely no disappointment (not earning a decision)," said Buchholz, whose ERA is best in the AL.

The right-hander also didn't pick up a victory despite a stellar start the last time he faced the White Sox, giving up one run in eight innings of a 3-1 win July 19. He's 1-1 with a 1.71 ERA over his last three outings against Chicago.

The Red Sox (27-19) have dropped the first two games of this set after winning five straight. Ortiz is 1 for 7 after entering the series batting .429 during a seven-game hitting streak.

Boston outfielder Shane Victorino didn't play Tuesday because of tightness in his left hamstring and is day to day.

The Red Sox have lost three straight road meetings with the White Sox after winning the previous five.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Red Sox at White Sox
Mon, May 20 Final 4 to 6
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Red Sox at White Sox
Tue, May 21 Final 1 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Red Sox at White Sox
Wed, May 22 - 8:10PM EDT

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05/22/2013 12:12 PM

Preview: Royals (21-21) at Astros (13-33)

Game: 3
Venue: Minute Maid Park
Date: May 22, 2013 8:10 PM EDT


The Kansas City Royals ended their longest losing streak of the season with a late rally.

Whether they can rally behind James Shields remains to be seen.

Despite his outstanding pitching this season, Shields will be trying to avoid losing his third consecutive start Wednesday night against the Houston Astros.

After dropping four straight one-run games, the Royals (21-21) scored all of their runs in the final three innings of a 7-3 victory Tuesday. The victory was just their fourth in 15 contests.

"Give the Royals a lot of credit. They battled their at_bats and put balls in play and had some really good at_bats late in the game," manager Bo Porter told the Astros' official website.

Kansas City has scored 15 runs in its last three contests, but it's managed four runs in dropping Shields' past three starts. The right-hander has posted a 1.50 ERA in that stretch - pitching eight innings each time - and a 2.00 ERA over his past six, going 1-2.

Shields gave up two runs and matched a season high with nine strikeouts in a 2-1 loss at Oakland on Friday.

"It's a tough loss right there. A real tough loss,' he said. "It was just a case of me not doing my job out there, whatever the score was.'

Shields (2-4, 2.45 ERA) hasn't lost three consecutive starts since a four-start stretch with Tampa Bay from June 29-July 16, 2011.

His last start before that skid was his only appearance against the Astros, a three-hitter in a 5-1 win at Houston.

The Astros (13-33), who opened this series with a 6-5 victory Monday, continue their eight-game homestand with Jordan Lyles (1-1, 6.63) set to take the hill.

The right-hander has made four starts since being called up May 2. He rebounded nicely Friday from an ugly outing, going five-plus innings and allowing two runs - one earned - in a 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh.

Lyles gave up eight runs and 11 hits in four innings of a 12-7 defeat to Texas on May 12.

"That first inning, I walked too many guys (two) and that's not what you want to see, but I bounced back," Lyles said after his latest outing.

He's faced the Royals once, throwing seven innings and giving up two runs in a 2-1 home loss June 20.

Alex Gordon, batting .514 during a nine-game hitting streak, is 1 for 3 with a triple off Lyles.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, 1 for 3 with a double against Lyles, snapped an 0-for-18 skid Tuesday with a tying RBI single in the eighth inning.

"One hit is not going to ... completely turn anything around, but it's a big hit in a big situation and it gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow,' he said.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Royals at Astros
Mon, May 20 Final 5 to 6
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Royals at Astros
Tue, May 21 Final 7 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Royals at Astros
Wed, May 22 - 8:10PM EDT

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05/22/2013 12:14 PM

Preview: Cardinals (29-16) at Padres (21-24)

Game: 3
Venue: PETCO Park
Date: May 22, 2013 10:10 PM EDT


The San Diego Padres have had to deal with some of the best pitchers in the NL lately, though they don't appear to be facing as tough of a challenge in their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Padres will try for their fourth win in five games when Tyler Lyons makes his major league debut for the visiting Cardinals on Wednesday night.

After beating Washington's Jordan Zimmermann on Saturday and St. Louis' Shelby Miller in the series opener Monday, San Diego (21-24) finally met its match in a 10-2 loss against Adam Wainwright on Tuesday.

"They've still got some big hitters over there, though, so you never can get too comfortable if they've got a lineup with some guys who can do some damage," Wainwright said.

The Cardinals (29-16) snapped a four-game losing streak to the Padres, limiting them to one extra-base hit after San Diego had 10 during its three-game winning streak.

The Padres' Jedd Gyorko went 3 for 4 with his team-leading 12th double. Chris Denorfia has gone 8 for 17 while recording at least a hit in four consecutive games.

It's uncertain if teammate Carlos Quentin will play Wednesday after sitting out the last game with a balky right knee.

Although St. Louis' starters have a major league-best 2.64 ERA, they had posted a 5.08 ERA in the previous seven games before Wainwright's gem Tuesday.

Due to injuries to Jake Westbrook and Jaime Garcia, Lyons gets his chance after the left-hander went 2-1 with a 4.47 ERA in eight starts at Triple-A Memphis.

"We talked about everything,' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "Lyons is the right guy right now."

Burch Smith (0-0, 15.63 ERA) hasn't been able to take advantage of a similar opportunity with the Padres, and his spot appears tenuous with Clayton Richard expected to rejoin the rotation soon.

Making his second career start, the right-hander gave up five runs and six hits - three home runs - over 5 1-3 innings of a 6-5 loss to Washington on Friday.

It was an improvement over his debut, in which Smith allowed six runs in one-plus innings of an 8-7 road loss to Tampa Bay on May 11.

Smith will face a St. Louis team that may be without third baseman David Freese for a third straight game after he was spiked in the thumb Sunday.

Daniel Descalso filled in nicely Tuesday, delivering his first grand slam and recording three hits and a career-high five RBIs. He had batted .161 over his previous 26 games.

Carlos Beltran went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and is 8 for 18 in his last four road games, while Allen Craig is 8 for 19 in his last five overall.

The Padres will be trying to wrap up their seven-game homestand with a winning record.

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SERIES AT A GLANCE

GAME 1
Cardinals at Padres
Mon, May 20 Final 2 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 2
Cardinals at Padres
Tue, May 21 Final 10 to 2
Boxscores • Recaps

GAME 3
Cardinals at Padres
Wed, May 22 - 10:10PM EDT

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05/22/2013 12:28 PM

MLB
Dunkel

Boston at Chicago White Sox
The White Sox go for a series sweep today and look to take advantage of a Boston team that is 1-7 in its last 8 games after dropping the first two games of a series. Chicago is the pick (-115) according to Dunkel, which has the White Sox favored by 1 1/2. Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-115). Here are all of today's picks.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

Game 951-952: Cincinnati at NY Mets (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Latos) 14.219; NY Mets (Harvey) 15.259
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1; 5
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-115); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-115); Under

Game 953-954: LA Dodgers at Milwaukee (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Ryu) 14.253; Milwaukee (Peralta) 15.457
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1; 9
Vegas Line: LA Dodgers (-115); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (-105); Over

Game 955-956: Arizona at Colorado (3:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Cahill) 15.625; Colorado (De La Rosa) 16.562
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Colorado (-125); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (-125); Under

Game 957-958: Washington at San Francisco (3:45 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Gonzalez) 14.530; San Francisco (Bumgarner) 16.031
Dunkel Line: San Francisco by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-145); 7
Dunkel Pick: San Francisco (-145); Over

Game 959-960: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cubs (Samardzija) 15.337; Pittsburgh (Liriano) 15.992
Dunkel Line: Pittsburgh by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-130); 7
Dunkel Pick: Pittsburgh (-130); Under

Game 961-962: Philadelphia at Miami (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Philadelphia (Lee) 15.563; Miami (Slowey) 13.739
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-170); 6 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-170); Over

Game 963-964: St. Louis at San Diego (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Lyons) 16.606; San Diego (Smith) 15.650
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1; 8
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-115); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-115); Over

Game 965-966: Oakland at Texas (2:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Parker) 16.111; Texas (Wolf) 15.284
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Texas (-140); 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (+120); Under

Game 967-968: Tampa Bay at Toronto (4:37 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Hellickson) 16.641; Toronto (Buehrle) 15.569
Dunkel Line: Tampa Bay by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Toronto (-115); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Tampa Bay (-105); Under

Game 969-970: NY Yankees at Baltimore (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Yankees (Kuroda) 15.581; Baltimore (Hammel) 16.477
Dunkel Line: Baltimore by 1; 9
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Baltimore (+100); Over

Game 971-972: Detroit at Cleveland (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Verlander) 16.649; Cleveland (Jimenez) 15.518
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Detroit (-155); 8
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-155); Under

Game 973-974: Seattle at LA Angels (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Maurer) 14.297; LA Angels (Wilson) 15.908
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-180); 8
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-180); Over

Game 975-976: Kansas City at Houston (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Shields) 13.782; Houston (Lyles) 14.657
Dunkel Line: Houston by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Kansas City (-200); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Houston (+170); Over

Game 977-978: Boston at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Buchholz) 14.833; White Sox (Santiago) 16.325
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1 1/2; 6
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-115); 7
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-115); Under

Game 979-980: Minnesota at Atlanta (12:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Minnesota (Worley) 13.489; Atlanta (Maholm) 15.619
Dunkel Line: Atlanta by 2; 7
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-180); 8
Dunkel Pick: Atlanta (-180); Under
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MLB
Armadillo's Write-Up

Wednesday, May 22

Hot pitchers
-- Reds won Latos' last three road starts (2-0, 2.33). Harvey is 1-1, 1.57 in his last four outings.
-- Ryu is 2-1, 2.93 in his last five starts.
-- Cahill is 3-1, 1.64 in his last five starts. de la Rosa is 3-0, 2.50 in last three.
-- GGonzalez is 1-0, 2.29 in his last three starts.
-- Liriano is 2-0, 1.59 in two starts this season.
-- Lee is 2-0, 1.64 in his last three starts.

-- Parker is 1-0, 2.70 in his last couple starts.
-- Kuroda is 3-1, 1.21 in his last four starts.
-- Jimenez is 3-0, 1.90 in his last four starts.
-- Shields is 1-2, 2.20 in his last six starts.
-- Buchholz is 6-0, 1.78 in nine starts this season.

Cold pitchers
-- Peralta is 1-3, 8.44 in his last four starts.
-- Bumgarner is 1-2, 7.64 in his last three starts.
-- Samardzija is 1-5, 4.81 in his last six starts.
-- Slowey is 0-2, 12.91 in his last couple starts.
-- Lefty Lyons is 2-1, 4.47 in eight AAA starts (56 hits allowed in 46.1 IP). BSmith is 0-1, 15.64 in two starts this season.

-- Worley is 1-2, 5.88 in his last five starts. Maholm is 2-4, 6.68 in his last six .

-- Wolf was 1-1, 1.85 in six AAA starts (27 hits allowed in 34 IP).
-- Buehrle is 0-3, 6.68 in his last five starts. Hellickson has a 7.72 RA in his last five starts.
-- Hammel is 1-1, 10.43 in his last three starts.
-- Verlander is 0-2, 14.09 in his last couple starts.
-- Wilson is 0-3, 5.40 in his last three starts. Maurer is 0-2, 6.00 in his last three outings.
-- Lyles is 1-1, 7.11 in four starts this season.
-- Santiago is 0-1, 8.68 in his last couple starts.

Starting Pitchers/First Inning
You can wager on whether teams will score in first inning. Below is how often a starting pitcher has allowed 1+ runs in first inning in one of his starts........
-- Latos 3-9; Harvey 2-9
-- Ryu 3-9; Peralta 1-9
-- Cahill 2-9; de la Rosa 3-9
-- GGonzalez 4-9; Bumgarner 0-9
-- Samardzija 3-9; Liriano 1-2
-- Lee 0-9; Slowey 3-9
-- Lyons 0-0; Smith 0-2

-- Worley 7-9; Maholm 1-9

-- Parker 2-9; Wolf 0-0
-- Hellickson 6-9; Buehrle 4-9 (1 of last 6)
-- Kuroda 4-9; Hammel 4-9 (3 of last 3)
-- Verlander 2-9 (2 of last 2); Jimenez 2-8
-- Maurer 3-8; Wilson 3-9
-- Shields 3-9; Lyles 3-4
-- Buchholz 1-9; Santiago 0-4

Totals
-- Eight of last eleven Cub games went over the total.
-- Eight of last twelve Philly games stayed under the total.
-- Last three Cincinnati games stayed under the total.
-- Under is 9-3-1 in last thirteen Milwaukee games.
-- Under is 10-2-1 in last thirteen Arizona games.
-- Five of last seven San Diego games went over the total.
-- Over is 9-2-1 in last twelve San Francisco games.

-- Under is 4-2-1 in last seven Atlanta games.

-- Over is 19-4 in last twenty-three Tampa Bay games.
-- Under is 7-3-1 in last eleven Bronx games.
-- Under is 6-3-1 in last ten Cleveland games.
-- Under is 7-2-1 in last ten Oakland games.
-- Ten of last thirteen Houston home games went over total.
-- Eight of last twelve Boston road games stayed under total.
-- Five of last six Angel games went over the total.

Hot teams
-- Pirates won nine of their last eleven games.
-- Reds won nine of their last eleven games.
-- Phillies won six of their last nine games.
-- Colorado won four of its last five games. Diamondbacks won five of their last seven games.
-- Cardinals won nine of their last thirteen games. San Diego won three of its last four games.
-- Giants won last five home games, allowing six runs.

-- Braves won their last six home games, scoring 35 runs.

-- Cleveland won 12 of its last 16 games.
-- Tampa Bay won ten of its last thirteen games.
-- Bronx won ten of its last fourteen games.
-- Oakland won its last five games, allowing seven runs. Rangers won nine of their last thirteen games.
-- White Sox won six of their last eight games. Boston won five of its last seven games.
-- Angels won their last three games, scoring 30 runs.

Cold teams
-- Cubs lost three of their last four games.
-- Marlins lost eight of their last ten games.
-- Mets lost nine of their last twelve games.
-- Brewers lost ten of their last thirteen games. Dodgers lost seven of their last eight away games.
-- Washington lost eight of its last eleven games.

-- Twins lost their last six games, allowing 38 runs.

-- Blue Jays lost three of their last four games.
-- Mariners are 7-17 in their last 24 road games.
-- Baltimore lost six of its last seven games.
-- Tigers lost four of their last six games.
-- Royals lost 12 of their last 16 games. Astros lost 11 of their last 14.

Umpires
-- Cin-NY-- 11 of last 15 Guccione games went over total.
-- Phil-Mia-- Favorites won five of last six Fletcher games.
-- LA-Mil-- Four of last five Gonzalez games went over total.
-- Chi-Pitt-- Seven of last nine Winters games went over total.
-- Az-Col-- Under is 7-3-1 in last eleven Demuth games.
-- Wsh-SF-- Five of last six Darling games went over the total.
-- StL-SD-- Six of last eight Joyce games stayed under the total.

-- Min-Atl-- Under is 23-6-1 in last thirty Culbreth games.

-- TB-Tor-- Visiting team won last six Bucknor games.
-- NY-Balt-- Five of last seven Schrieber games stayed under.
-- A's-Tex-- Seven of last eight LBarrett games went over.
-- Det-Clev-- Seven of last ten Foster games stayed under.
-- KC-Hst-- Home side won seven of last eight Hoye games.
-- Bos-Chi-- Seven of last eight Dimuro games went over total.
-- Sea-LA-- 12 of last 17 Carapazza games stayed under total.

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