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06/01/2013 11:58 AM

Preview: Mets (22-30) at Marlins (14-41)
Game: 2
Venue: Marlins Park
Date: June 01, 2013 4:10 PM EDT

The Miami Marlins may own the worst record in baseball, but Marcell Ozuna and Jose Fernandez are giving them some hope for the future.

Ozuna looks to extend the longest active hitting streak in the majors while Fernandez tries to rebound from the worst outing of his rookie season when the Marlins host the New York Mets on Saturday.

The calendar may be flipping to June, but Miami (14-41) seems headed for a third straight season with a losing record. Ozuna and Fernandez (2-3, 3.78 ERA), however, have been rare bright spots.

Ozuna, 22, leads the Marlins with a .330 average since being recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville after Giancarlo Stanton went on the disabled list due to a strained right hamstring April 30.

Stanton is still out, and Ozuna is making the most of his opportunity. The rookie right fielder is batting .356 during a 16-game hitting streak, the team's longest since Jose Reyes' 26-game run last year. It's also the second-longest by a Marlins rookie behind Edgar Renteria's 22-game hit streak in 1996.

"I feel good because I'm enjoying my game," Ozuna said. "The manager and coaches give me confidence and always stress that I remain calm and also have fun."

Ozuna seems to enjoy facing the Mets (22-30), going 6 for 11 in three meetings after collecting three hits and an RBI in Friday's 5-1 win. The Marlins snapped a nine-game skid behind seven shutout innings from Jacob Turner, another of their top prospects.

Fernandez will try to make it two straight in the middle game of this series by bouncing back from his shortest outing of the season in Monday's 10-6 loss at Tampa Bay. The 20-year-old right-hander was roughed up for a season-high seven runs - four earned - with six strikeouts and three walks in 3 1-3 innings.

He had been 2-0 with a 2.16 ERA over his four previous outings.

"The most important part is I'm learning from it," Fernandez told the team's official website.

Facing an NL East rival may be just what Fernandez needs. He has a 1.33 ERA in five starts within the division but is 1-0 since he's been backed by eight runs.

Fernandez has yet to receive a decision while allowing three runs with 12 strikeouts in nine innings over two starts against New York.

"He's got one of the better arms in the entire league," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Collins would like to see his club get back on track after its season-high five-game winning streak was halted in the series opener.

Daniel Murphy may play a role in that since he's hitting .389 over his past 18 games after getting two hits Friday, including an RBI double. He has a .333 average in his last 13 visits to Miami, getting at least one hit in 12 of them.

Collin McHugh is expected to get a spot start after Jonathon Niese was ruled out of at least one outing with left shoulder tendinitis.

McHugh has made two relief appearances since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 14. The right-hander has allowed four runs and two homers in three innings, last pitching against Cincinnati on May 21.

McHugh went 0-3 with a 7.16 ERA in four starts last year, and this will be his first against the Marlins. He surrendered a walkoff single in the 11th inning in Miami on Oct. 2.



Mets at Marlins
Fri, May 31 Final 1 to 5
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Mets at Marlins
Sat, Jun 1 - 4:10PM EDT

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06/01/2013 12:00 PM

Preview: Dodgers (23-30) at Rockies (28-27)
Game: 2
Venue: Coors Field
Date: June 01, 2013 4:10 PM EDT

Zack Greinke claims there are no lingering effects from an injury suffered in a benches-clearing brawl more than seven weeks ago.

Whether that's the case or not, the former Cy Young winner has undoubtedly been off his game since returning.

Greinke will try to help the Dodgers win their first road series against the Colorado Rockies in three seasons Saturday.

Signed to a $147 million, six-year deal in the offseason, Greinke (2-1, 4.38 ERA) is trying to get back into form after missing more than a month with a broken collarbone suffered during a fight in San Diego on April 11. The right-hander has made three starts since returning, going 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA in the last two - each lasting just four innings.

"I felt good, actually," Greinke told the Dodgers' official website after giving up six runs - four earned - and 10 hits in Monday's 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Manager Don Mattingly doesn't seem too concerned about Greinke's recent struggles.

"I feel he's been behind the 8-ball the whole year, but I do think he'll get where he needs to get to," Mattingly said.

Greinke is 1-1 with a 5.13 ERA in five starts against Colorado, none since 2011 while with Milwaukee.

He'll toe the rubber after the Dodgers (23-30) avoided a third consecutive defeat with Friday's 7-5, 10-inning victory. Los Angeles rallied after Todd Helton's game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth.

The victory capped off a 10-17 month - the worst May percentage-wise (.370) in club history - but the last-place Dodgers are just 6 1/2 games behind NL West-leading Arizona.

"If we can just stay afloat until these big boys come back, we'll be fine," Skip Schumaker, who is replacing the injured Matt Kemp (right hamstring strain) in center field, said after extending his hitting streak to eight.

The Rockies (28-27) aren't fine, dropping six of seven following a 6-1 run that had them tied with the Diamondbacks atop the West. Four of Colorado's last six losses have been by two runs or fewer.

"We've played a lot of tight games this year and sometimes the reward for competing like that is getting punched in the gut," manager Walt Weiss said.

Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 3.90) will get the ball as Colorado tries to avoid a season-worst fourth consecutive home loss. The right-hander, 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in three May starts at Coors Field, threw seven innings of two-run ball in his last appearance, Monday's 3-2, 12-inning loss at Houston.

Chacin's only start against the Dodgers last season was a bad one, yielding seven runs and a career high-tying 11 hits over 4 2-3 innings of a 7-6 home loss May 1.

He gave up a three-run homer to Andre Ethier in that game. Ethier is a .438 hitter (7 for 16) off Chacin.

Juan Uribe is hitless in 15 at_bats in that matchup, but he's 10 for 22 in his last eight games after going 2 for 4 on Friday with an RBI double and a 10th-inning single that plated Schumaker.

Carlos Gonzalez should return to the Rockies' lineup after striking out in a pinch-hitting appearance Friday. Gonzalez has the second-best batting average (.360) against the Dodgers among active players.

He's 3 for 9 with a double off Greinke.

The Dodgers' last series win in Denver was a three-game sweep Sept. 27-29, 2010.



Dodgers at Rockies
Fri, May 31 Final 7 to 5
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Dodgers at Rockies
Sat, Jun 1 - 4:10PM EDT

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06/01/2013 12:02 PM

Preview: Red Sox (33-23) at Yankees (31-23)
Game: 2
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Date: June 01, 2013 7:15 PM EDT

With their losing streak over and two key members of their lineup back from injury, the New York Yankees hope they can now begin to get on a roll.

Phil Hughes is on one of his own against the Boston Red Sox, as he'll look to win a fourth straight start over them in the middle game of this three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

New York (31-23) had lost a season-high five in a row, including a four-game sweep by the New York Mets, before beating Boston 4-1 on Friday.

Mark Teixeira (partially torn tendon in right wrist) made his season debut and Kevin Youkilis (back) played for the first time since April 27. Teixeira went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run while Youkilis added an RBI single.

The infielder is batting .357 during a seven-game hitting streak against his former team.

The returns of Youkilis and Teixeira are timely for a Yankees club that has been ravaged by injury throughout the season.

``These guys grind out at_bats,' manager Joe Girardi said. ``I think their impact is big, and we need to keep them healthy.'

Hughes (2-3, 4.97 ERA) will try for a third straight strong outing as looks to put a pair of rough games further behind him. The right-hander allowed 13 runs in 6 1-3 innings over a pair of starts in mid-May, but he's given up three runs in 13 innings in two outings since.

Hughes allowed one run in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to the Mets on Monday.

He has been dominant during his three-start win streak against Boston, posting a 1.27 ERA and giving up no earned runs in the past two matchups.

Boston (33-23) will look to end that run while attempting to get back on track offensively. The Red Sox have dropped three of four after a 10-3 stretch, totaling five runs in the past three defeats.

Boston leads the major leagues in runs.

Dustin Pedroia had three hits Friday to extend his hitting streak to five. He's gone 15 for 31 in his last eight against the Yankees.

Boston played the series opener without Jacoby Ellsbury due to a tight left groin. He stole a team-record five bases in a 9-2 win over Philadelphia on Thursday and experienced tightness after the final one.

``We're expecting to be a day-to-day and hopefully not too long of a situation,' manager John Farrell said.

The Red Sox will send Felix Doubront to the mound Saturday as he seeks his first victory in six starts.

Doubront (3-2, 5.29) has posted a 3.18 ERA over his last three outings but has received two runs of support in that stretch. He allowed four runs - two earned - and struck out eight in six innings against Cleveland on Sunday before the Red Sox rallied for four in the bottom of the ninth to win 6-5.

The left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.52 ERA in four starts against the Yankees. He opposed Hughes the last time he faced them, giving up two runs and walking five in 6 1-3 innings of a 2-0 defeat Sept. 13.

Hughes struck out seven in 7 1-3 innings.



Red Sox at Yankees
Fri, May 31 Final 1 to 4
Boxscores • Recaps

Red Sox at Yankees
Sat, Jun 1 - 7:15PM EDT

Red Sox at Yankees
Sun, Jun 2 - 8:05PM EDT

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06/01/2013 12:03 PM

Preview: Nationals (28-27) at Braves (32-22)
Game: 2
Venue: Turner Field
Date: June 01, 2013 7:15 PM EDT

With Stephen Strasburg's early exit in the series opener, the Washington Nationals may be without two young stars for a while as they try to catch the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.

The short-handed Nationals, though, will try to keep gaining ground in the division by winning their second straight over the host Braves on Saturday night.

Washington (28-27) received a scare in its 3-2 victory Friday when Strasburg left after two innings with a strained right oblique. The ace is expected to head back to the nation's capital to have his side examined.

Strasburg has gone 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA in his last four starts.

"We seem to be having all kinds of problems, but we'll get through it,' manager Davey Johnson said. "Hopefully Stras won't miss too much time.'

Outfielder Bryce Harper was already out of the lineup Friday for the fifth straight game with bursitis in his left knee. Harper, hitting .287 with a team-high 12 homers and 23 RBIs, is unlikely to play in this series.

"We've got to try to figure out whether he needs more rest or what we have to do to get him by that," said Johnson.

Johnson's club could certainly use Harper's bat, as it's hit .239 while dropping eight of 13. The Nationals, however, moved to within 4 1/2 games of the Braves (32-22) with Friday's win.

Washington will send another outstanding pitcher to the mound Saturday, though it hasn't provided much support for Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.90 ERA) of late. The left-hander has gotten eight runs while going 0-1 over his last four starts despite a 2.36 ERA.

He yielded four runs and four walks over 5 2-3 innings in his shortest outing since April on Monday, a 6-2 loss to Baltimore.

Gonzalez hasn't pitched well against the Braves, going 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA in six career starts. He's given up 12 runs, eight walks and 14 hits - three homers - over nine innings in two losses to Atlanta this season.

Andrelton Simmons homered off Gonzalez in both of those meetings, and he's 4 for 9 with four RBIs lifetime against him. Simmons has gone 10 for 27 in his last six games overall.

Evan Gattis, 7 for 14 with two homers in his last four contests, is 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs against Gonzalez.

Since winning eight in a row, the Braves have lost four of six. Their scheduled starter for this game is also struggling.

Tim Hudson (4-4, 5.37) has gone 0-3 with an 8.69 ERA in his last four starts. The right-hander, though, is 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in five starts at home this season.

He's also pitched very well versus Washington, going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts in 2013 and 16-5 with a 2.55 ERA in 28 career matchups.

Hudson gave up one run and three hits over seven innings to beat Gonzalez and the Nationals 8-1 in Atlanta on April 30. Gonzalez lasted four innings and allowed five runs with five walks, though he recorded nine of his 12 outs via strikeout.

Freddie Freeman went 3 for 5 with three RBIs in that contest and homered off Strasburg on Friday. He's 11 for 22 with two homers in his last five games.

Washington's Denard Span, who went 3 for 4 with two triples in the series opener, has gone 6 for 8 with four extra-base hits in his last two games at Turner Field.



Nationals at Braves
Fri, May 31 Final 3 to 2
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Nationals at Braves
Sat, Jun 1 - 7:15PM EDT

Nationals at Braves
Sun, Jun 2 - 1:35PM EDT

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06/01/2013 12:05 PM

Preview: Diamondbacks (30-24) at Cubs (23-30)
Game: 2
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: June 01, 2013 7:15 PM EDT

Jeff Samardzija proved nearly unhittable earlier this week while throwing his first career shutout.

The surging Chicago Cubs may not need him to be as sharp given their recent efforts at the plate.

Enjoying their longest winning streak in nearly two years, the Cubs try to hand the Arizona Diamondbacks a 10th loss in 11 games at Wrigley Field on Saturday night.

Samardzija (3-6, 2.85 ERA) was at his best Monday, throwing a two-hitter while striking out eight and walking two in a 7-0 road win over the White Sox.

"Sometimes he reverts back to probably thinking a little too much instead of just knowing what he is. He is a big-time power guy," manager Dale Sveum said.

"You guys saw his split-finger pitch tonight, it is pretty much a non-hittable pitch when he is committed to it and throwing it like that. Not that he's not a pitcher, but sometimes he wants to be this pitcher that is pitching like a Greg Maddux. He is not that kind of a pitcher."

The right-hander ranks second in the NL with 9.91 strikeouts per nine innings and is among the league leaders with a .196 opponents' batting average. He's thrown at least seven innings in each of his last three starts, going 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA and allowing 10 hits in 24 innings.

"I am going out with the mindset to pitch deep in every game," he said. "If you want to be one of the guys the team turns to in a big situation, that's the number one thing, pitch deep into games and give your offense a chance to win the game."

After enduring a season-worst six-game skid, the Cubs (23-30) have batted .395 with runners in scoring position, hit 11 homers and averaged 7.2 runs while posting five consecutive victories - their longest run since taking seven straight July 31-Aug. 6, 2011.

Chicago won 7-2 in the opener of this three-game set Friday, as Scott Hairston hit a grand slam and Alfonso Soriano added a two-run shot. Cody Ransom also went deep.

"We've been really confident lately and catching our breaks," Hairston told the Cubs' official website. "A lot of balls we're hitting hard are finding holes now; before they weren't."

The Cubs have hit .294 with 18 homers in taking nine of 10 from the Diamondbacks (30-24) at Wrigley, including four straight by a 22-5 margin.

Soriano is batting .400 with 17 homers and 37 RBIs during his last 29 games against Arizona, and he's 6 for 11 with three home runs off Saturday's scheduled starter Ian Kennedy (2-3, 4.70).

The right-hander was scratched from Monday's outing due to a laceration on his right index finger.

"The only thing that really bothered me was spinning on my knuckle curve," he told MLB's official website. "It would just split open. I haven't been able to throw any curveballs, but my fastball has been good in the bullpens."

Kennedy is 1-0 with a 3.50 ERA over his last three starts. He's gone 2-2 in six matchups versus Chicago while compiling a 6.94 ERA, his second-highest mark against any NL opponent.

Besides Soriano, Kennedy will need to be wary of Starlin Castro, who's 6 for 16 with two doubles and a triple in their matchups. Castro, though, is hitting .189 with two extra-base hits over his last 12 games.

In his only start against Arizona, Samardzija was tagged for five runs in as many innings during a 6-1 road loss June 22.



Diamondbacks at Cubs
Fri, May 31 Final 2 to 7
Boxscores • Recaps

Diamondbacks at Cubs
Sat, Jun 1 - 7:15PM EDT

Diamondbacks at Cubs
Sun, Jun 2 - 2:20PM EDT

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06/01/2013 12:06 PM

Preview: Reds (34-21) at Pirates (34-21)
Game: 2
Venue: PNC Park
Date: June 01, 2013 7:15 PM EDT

There wasn't much for the Pittsburgh Pirates to celebrate in their 1,000th game at PNC Park, but they still finished their best month in 21 seasons.

Francisco Liriano will try to get the Pirates off to a good start in June when their series with the Cincinnati Reds continues Saturday night.

After winning six straight and 10 of 11 at home, Pittsburgh (34-21) fell 6-0 on Friday for its fifth loss in 21 games overall.

The Pirates had one hit, a fifth-inning single by Brandon Inge, for their fewest since Cincinnati's Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter and won 1-0 at PNC on Sept. 27.

"Luckily Brandon saved us all with a half-swing base hit," second baseman Neil Walker said. "Maybe we should all have half-swinged tonight. Nothing else really worked for us."

Still, the Pirates finished May with a 19-9 mark for their best month since going 21-8 in September 1992, the last year they made the postseason.

The Pirates are tied with the Reds (34-21) for second in the NL Central behind St. Louis, giving the division three teams with winning percentages of .600 or better through May 31. It's the first time that's happened since Boston, New York and Baltimore were over .600 heading into June in 1986.

Pittsburgh will try to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since May 8-9 with Liriano (3-1, 2.35 ERA) looking to rebound from his worst outing of the season.

The left-hander surrendered four runs and eight hits in five innings of Monday's 6-5 loss at Detroit. Liriano had a 1.00 ERA in his first three starts.

"I know that I've got to hit my spots and make good pitches if I don't want to get beaten up," he said.

Liriano has never faced the Reds or second baseman Brandon Phillips, who's batting .448 (13 for 29) with four homers and nine RBIs in a seven-game hitting streak against Pittsburgh.

Phillips went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and Jay Bruce also homered Friday to help Cincinnati avoid a third consecutive loss and win for the first time in four tries at Pittsburgh this season.

Mike Leake (4-2, 3.02) will try to build on Johnny Cueto's brilliant eight-inning performance when he gets the ball Saturday. He's 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA in his last three outings after striking out a season high-tying seven with no walks while not receiving a decision in Monday's 4-2 win over Cleveland.

"He's been lights out lately," shortstop Zack Cozart told the Reds' official website of the right-hander, who allowed one earned run in 7 1-3 innings. "He's pounding the zone, and I think when you do that, you keep your defense in the game and you get ahead of guys. And when you get ahead of guys, it's proven that you're successful, and I think that's what he's doing."

This will be Leake's second start against the Pirates in 2013. He didn't factor in the decision after allowing season highs of five runs and 10 hits in a 6-5 loss at Pittsburgh on April 12.

Walker had two hits off Leake that night to improve to 9 for 23 (.391) in their matchups.

Left fielder Alex Presley, 6 for 15 with two homers, a triple and a double against Leake, could get the start after getting called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

Pittsburgh is 488-512 at PNC since it opened with an 8-2 loss to the Reds on April 9, 2001.



Reds at Pirates
Fri, May 31 Final 6 to 0
Boxscores • Recaps

Reds at Pirates
Sat, Jun 1 - 7:15PM EDT

Reds at Pirates
Sun, Jun 2 - 1:35PM EDT

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06/01/2013 12:08 PM

Preview: Giants (29-25) at Cardinals (35-18)
Game: 2
Venue: Busch Stadium
Date: June 01, 2013 7:15 PM EDT

The San Francisco Giants hope their latest victory will provide some much-needed momentum as they begin a difficult stretch of games.

Returning to the place where they began their undefeated run to the 2012 World Series title, the Giants face the St. Louis Cardinals in a day-night doubleheader Saturday after the series opener was postponed because of rain.

San Francisco (29-25) has lost 10 of 16 but hopes to build on Thursday's 5-2 win over Oakland that prevented a season series sweep at the hands of its Bay Area rival.

"If this game got away from us, it would have been a long flight to St. Louis, believe me," manager Bruce Bochy said. "I thought (Thursday) was really critical."

Pablo Sandoval delivered a go-ahead two-run single to highlight a four-run sixth inning for the Giants, who remain confident despite their recent struggles.

"We've been losing some games but the attitude's been good. That's one thing we never lose," center fielder Angel Pagan told the Giants' official website. "We play with a lot of perseverance and determination to go out there and try to get everything better and play hard and believe that things will change."

Perhaps a return to Busch Stadium will help San Francisco start to string together wins again.

The Giants trailed the Cardinals 3-1 in last year's NL championship series but ran off seven straight victories to win the World Series, starting with a 5-0 win at Busch in Game 5.

St. Louis (35-18), however, owns the best record in the majors and outscored the Giants 20-7 while taking two of three at San Francisco in early April. This series begins a stretch of 12 of 14 on the road for the Giants, featuring games against the NL's top teams in the Cardinals, Arizona, Pittsburgh and Atlanta. San Francisco also hosts Toronto for two games during that span.

"We have to be on top of our game," Bochy said.

Game 1 starter Matt Cain (4-2, 5.00 ERA) has gone 4-0 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts this month for San Francisco, allowing four runs and six hits in 12 innings to go 1-0 in his last two. He gave up two runs and walked five in five innings of a 7-3 win over Colorado on Sunday.

However, the right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.04 ERA in four starts at St. Louis, including postseason. He allowed nine runs over 3 2-3 innings of a 14-3 home loss to the Cardinals on April 7.

Matt Carpenter is 7 for 9 with a home run against Cain, and has batted .395 during an overall nine-game hitting streak.

Carpenter went 2 for 4 in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Kansas City that ended after 3 a.m. Central Time due to an hour rain delay to start and one of 4 hours, 32 minutes in the ninth inning. The Cardinals led 2-1 heading into the ninth, but fell to 20-7 in May.

Shelby Miller (5-3, 2.02) will oppose Cain looking to end his recent struggles. After allowing one run and striking out 24 in 20 2-3 innings while going 2-0 in his first three May starts, he's given up six runs in 11 innings to go 0-1 in the last two.

The right-hander allowed three runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-3 win at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.

"I don't think my fastball was as good as it had been earlier on (in the season)," Miller told the Cardinals' official website. "I feel just a little off, but not much. Hopefully I can get that taken care of."

He allowed two runs and walked four in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-3 win at San Francisco on April 6.

Adam Wainwright (7-3, 2.48) will start the nightcap for St. Louis. The right-hander has won back-to-back starts, giving up one run in 7 1-3 innings of a 10-2 victory over San Diego on May 21 before allowing three runs in eight innings of a 6-3 win at Kansas City on Monday.

"I think as a pitcher, no matter what happens on the other side, you just have to keep battling and eventually if you keep making pitches things will work out," Wainwright said.

He has tossed at least seven innings in eight of his 11 starts, including when he allowed two runs in seven innings to beat San Francisco on April 7.

Wainwright has gone that same distance while posting a 1.71 ERA during a three-start winning streak against the Giants, which includes an 8-3 victory in Game 4 of the NLCS.

He'll be opposed by Madison Bumgarner (4-3, 3.13), who went 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA over six starts in April but is 1-3 with a 5.17 ERA in five starts since. He allowed four runs and walked a career worst-tying five in 6 2-3 innings of Monday's 4-1 loss to Oakland.

Bochy still was impressed with the outing.

"That's the kind of pitching we're going to need," Bochy said. "It doesn't go down as a quality start, but he left the game with a really good start and that's what we're going to need playing these good clubs. He did all he could."

The left-hander has a 6.88 ERA while losing three straight starts against the Cardinals. He gave up six runs and eight hits - including two-run homers to Carlos Beltran and David Freese - over 3 2-3 innings of a 6-4 loss in Game 1 of the NLCS the last time he faced them.

Beltran's two hits in six at_bats off Bumgarner are homers, while Freese went deep on two of his three hits in seven at_bats against him.

Bochy announced prior to Friday's rainout that Sandoval would likely miss this series and possibly a full week because of a strain in his right foot.



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Fri, May 31 - 8:15PM EDT

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Sat, Jun 1 - 7:15PM EDT

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Sun, Jun 2 - 2:15PM EDT

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06/01/2013 12:09 PM

Preview: Astros (18-37) at Angels (25-30)
Game: 2
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: June 01, 2013 10:05 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Angels appeared to be putting it all together during a recent tear, but they may have a tough series on their hands against the Houston Astros.

The Angels will try to get back on track after having their home winning streak snapped, while the suddenly hot Astros seek their longest run in more than a year Saturday night.

Carlos Pena had three hits and Jason Castro added his seventh home run to help Houston (18-37) stop Los Angeles' season-best six-game home win streak with a 6-3 victory. The Angels had won 10 of 12 overall.

The Astros, who won their third straight, haven't taken four in a row since May 21-25, 2012.

"We're just trying to ride this out,' center fielder Brandon Barnes said. "We're going out there and playing hard-nosed baseball.'

Los Angeles has scored 10 runs in its past four games after averaging 7.3 in the previous nine. It will now face a Houston team that's posted a 2.63 ERA in winning four of five.

Bud Norris (4-4, 3.71 ERA) will try to keep the Angels' bats quiet again while beating Los Angeles for the third time in as many matchups this season. Norris has held the Angels to one run in 15-plus innings in the two games.

Since allowing a season-high seven runs over five innings of a 7-2 loss at Detroit on May 13, Norris has given up two runs over 13 innings in his last two starts.

He worked his way out of several jams Monday, giving up two runs over seven innings of a 3-2, 12-inning win over Colorado on Monday.

"He was absolutely fantastic,' manager Bo Porter said. "He kept his composure and just made quality pitch after quality pitch.'

Josh Hamilton homered off Norris in the right-hander's last start against the Angels, a 3-1 victory May 8.

Hamilton went 1 for 4 on Friday after missing two of the previous three games with back spasms. He's batted .345 with 12 homers and 32 RBIs in 39 career games against the Astros.

Albert Pujols, who has been battling chronic foot and knee problems, is expected back in the lineup after getting the night off in the opener. He's 7 for 31 (.226) with no homers against Norris.

Erick Aybar provided one of the few Angels highlights Friday, going 2 for 4 with his first home run. He's 9 for 26 in his past six games.

Jerome Williams (4-1, 2.58) has given Los Angeles' rotation a boost, going 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA over his last four starts. He'll try to cool off a Houston team that's totaled 19 runs in its past three games.

Castro has been on a tear, going 14 for 26 with three home runs and six RBIs in his last eight contests.

Chris Carter, who had an RBI single Friday, is 8 for 21 with three homers and eight RBIs against the Angels this season.



Astros at Angels
Fri, May 31 Final 6 to 3
Boxscores • Recaps

Astros at Angels
Sat, Jun 1 - 10:05PM EDT

Astros at Angels
Sun, Jun 2 - 3:35PM EDT

Astros at Angels
Mon, Jun 3 - 10:05PM EDT

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06/01/2013 12:11 PM

Preview: Blue Jays (23-32) at Padres (25-29)
Game: 2
Venue: PETCO Park
Date: June 01, 2013 10:10 PM EDT

The San Diego Padres seem to be benefiting from interleague play.

They're also finding success in extra innings.

A day after needing 17 innings to get their latest victory over an AL foe, the Padres will try to make things easier on themselves when they face the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday night.

San Diego (25-29) has won five of seven in interleague play after being swept in a three-game series at Tampa Bay from May 10-12.

The Padres are also 3-1 in extra innings, winning two of their last three when playing beyond the ninth.

Jesus Guzman delivered the decisive blow Friday, singling in Jedd Gyorko with two outs in the 17th to clinch a 4-3 victory in the opener of this three-game set.

The hit made Guzman 2 for 22 over his last 12 games.

Gyorko has been much more consistent, particularly at home and during interleague play. The rookie second baseman is batting .347 at pitcher-friendly Petco Park compared to .198 on the road.

He's also 10 for 25 (.400) with one homer, four RBIs and six runs in his last six contests against AL opponents.

With originally scheduled starter Clayton Richard getting the win in relief Friday, the Padres will recall Robbie Erlin from Triple-A Tucson to make his first career start.

"We talked about it, whether to use a position player or go to one of our starters, and we felt that was the thing to do," manager Bud Black said. "We wanted to win the game."

That leaves Black relying on Erlin, whose only experience in the majors is allowing two runs in two innings over two relief outings before returning to the minors May 2.

The 22-year-old left-hander is 4-0 with a 3.79 ERA in eight games - all starts - for Tucson, but he's pitched past the fifth inning just once. That could be an issue since the Padres used eight pitchers Friday.

Toronto (23-32), which has dropped four of five on the road, is in the same position after going to the bullpen seven times in the opener. However, the Blue Jays are scheduled to turn to Mark Buehrle (2-3, 5.51 ERA), who is second among active pitchers with 2,746 innings pitched and fifth with 28 complete games.

He's completed at least six innings in each of his last six starts.

The veteran left-hander did that again Monday, allowing one run with six strikeouts in six innings of a 9-3 win over Atlanta. He had been 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA over his previous seven outings.

"Everything's been down in the zone, so when you're down in the zone pretty much the only thing they can do with it is hit it down," Buehrle told the team's official website. "It's always good when I'm getting ground balls instead of fly balls - I'll take fly-ball outs - but when they're hitting the ball on the ground, that's kind of my game."

Buehrle is 1-0 with a 0.54 ERA in two career starts versus the Padres. He was superb at Petco on May 2, 2012, tossing a five-hitter in a 4-1 win with Miami.

It's unclear if he'll have to face Yonder Alonso, who suffered a right hand contusion after being hit by a pitch from Aaron Loup in the seventh inning Friday. The first baseman has at least one hit in 16 of the past 19 games, compiling a .313 average.



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Washington at Atlanta
The Nationals look to build on their 4-0 record in Gio Gonzalez' last 4 starts as an underdog of +110 to +150. Washington is the pick (+120) according to Dunkel, which has the Nationals favored by 1. Dunkel Pick: Washington (+120). Here are all of today's picks.

Game 951-952: NY Mets at Miami (4:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (McHugh) 15.101; Miami (Fernandez) 14.073
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Miami (-110); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-110); Over

Game 953-954: Milwaukee at Philadelphia (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Peralta) 13.711; Philadelphia (Cloyd) 14.695
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1; 8
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A

Game 955-956: LA Dodgers at Colorado (4:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Greinke) 14.677; Colorado (Chacin) 15.988
Dunkel Line: Colorado by 1 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Colorado (-130); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Colorado (-130); Under

Game 957-958: Arizona at Chicago Cubs (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Arizona (Kennedy) 15.542; Cubs (Samardzija) 14.725
Dunkel Line: Arizona by 1; 10
Vegas Line: Chicago Cubs (-135); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: Arizona (+115); N/A

Game 959-960: San Francisco at St. Louis (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Bumgarner) 15.237; St. Louis (Wainwright) 16.305
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1; 6
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-140); 7
Dunkel Pick: St. Louis (-140); Under

Game 961-962: Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cincinnati (Leake) 16.181; Pittsburgh (Liriano) 15.026
Dunkel Line: Cincinnati by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Pittsburgh (-120); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Cincinnati (+100); Over

Game 963-964: Washington at Atlanta (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Gonzalez) 16.466; Atlanta (Hudson) 15.560
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Atlanta (-140); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (+120); Over

Game 965-966: Tampa Bay at Cleveland (1:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Archer) 15.699; Cleveland (Jimenez) 16.571
Dunkel Line: Cleveland by 1; 8
Vegas Line: Cleveland (-130); 9
Dunkel Pick: Cleveland (-130); Under

Game 967-968: Seattle at Minnesota (1:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Seattle (Harang) 15.229; Minnesota (Correia) 14.124
Dunkel Line: Seattle by 1; 9
Vegas Line: Minnesota (-140); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Seattle (+120); Over

Game 969-970: Chicago White Sox at Oakland (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Quintana) 13.238; Oakland (Straily) 16.010
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 3; 7
Vegas Line: Oakland (-155); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-155); Under

Game 971-972: Kansas City at Texas (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Kansas City (Shields) 14.110; Texas (Tepesch) 16.101
Dunkel Line: Texas by 2; 8
Vegas Line: Texas (-135); 9
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-135); Under

Game 973-974: Detroit at Baltimore (4:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Verlander) 16.773; Baltimore (Hammel) 15.251
Dunkel Line: Detroit by 1 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Detroit (-135); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Detroit (-135); Over

Game 975-976: Boston at NY Yankees (7:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Boston (Doubront) 15.342; NY Yankees (Hughes) 14.418
Dunkel Line: Boston by 1; 10
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-120); 9
Dunkel Pick: Boston (+100); Over

Game 977-978: Houston at LA Angels (10:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Houston (Norris) 15.398; LA Angels (Williams) 16.897
Dunkel Line: LA Angels by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: LA Angels (-220); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Angels (-220); Under

Game 979-980: Toronto at San Diego (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Buehrle) 16.276; San Diego (Erlin) 14.975
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: Toronto (-115); 8
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (-115); Under

Game 981-982: San Francisco at St. Louis (1:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Francisco (Cain) 15.402; St. Louis (Miller) 16.371
Dunkel Line: St. Louis by 1; 7
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A
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