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06/04/2013 02:23 AM

Preview: Rockies (30-27) at Reds (35-22)
Game: 2
Venue: Great American Ball Park
Date: June 04, 2013 7:10 PM EDT

The Cincinnati Reds have been getting some brilliant starting pitching performances since Homer Bailey last took the mound.

The right-hander looks to deliver one of his own when Cincinnati tries to win its seventh straight over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

With Jay Bruce hitting a two-run eighth-inning homer and Bronson Arroyo pitching eight innings, the Reds (36-22) posted a 3-0 victory in Monday's series opener. Back from a 2-3 road trip, Cincinnati won for the eighth time in nine tries at Great American Ball Park to improve to a major league-best 21-7 at home.

Colorado had scored seven runs in each of the previous two games - both wins - to move past the Reds with an NL-leading 275 runs.

"That's a tough ballclub to shut out," manager Dusty Baker said.

Reds starters have posted a 0.64 ERA as the team has blanked three of four opponents since Bailey's last outing, a 7-1 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. He surrendered a season high-tying seven runs, all with two outs in the fourth inning, before getting pulled.

Bailey had gone 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his previous three outings. He's 2-0 with a 2.32 ERA in his five home starts, with Cincinnati winning each of those contests.

However, Bailey has gone 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA in five starts against Colorado, and his two strong starts versus the Rockies have surprisingly come at hitter-friendly Coors Field. Bailey has gone 0-2 with a 9.69 ERA in three home outings against them.

The Rockies (30-28), losers of five of six in Cincinnati, will send Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.79) to the mound for his first appearance against the Reds. The right-hander is looking for a better effort after surrendering a season high-tying five runs in five innings of a 7-5 loss to Houston on Thursday.

Nicasio had surrendered two runs in 11 innings in his previous two starts.

Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has missed the last two games with a left forearm contusion, and he's not expected back during this three-game set. Cesar Izturis, who went 0 for 4 in the opener, or Jack Hannahan will likely get the start Tuesday.

Joey Votto will try to start a new hitting streak against the Rockies after an 0-for-4 effort with two strikeouts Monday ended an eight-game run.

Shortstop Zack Cozart is batting .364 during an eight-game hitting streak. He's hit .391 in his last 11 games to raise his average 40 points to .246.

Colorado's Michael Cuddyer is batting .448 with two home runs and seven RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.

Teammate Troy Tulowitzki is 5 for 9 off Bailey.

Rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado continued to struggle Monday, going 0 for 4. He's 3 for 24 in his past six games.

"I'm not too concerned about Nolan, because he's going to hit up here," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website. "With young players, you want to make sure they're OK and not getting too beat up by the game mentally. He's barreled up enough balls in a short time up here to say he can hit up here."

Despite the Rockies' gaudy season run total, they've scored seven times in their last four road games and have gone 1-4 in their last five away from home.



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06/04/2013 02:24 AM

Preview: Twins (25-29) at Royals (23-31)
Game: 1
Venue: Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium
Date: June 04, 2013 8:10 PM EDT

The Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals have both experienced their share of struggles.

But a recent power surge has things looking up for the Twins, while the Royals' offense is still sputtering through a prolonged slump.

Minnesota would like to see both trends continue Tuesday night when it visits Kansas City in the opener of a three-game series.

The Twins (25-29) don't resemble the offense that managed five runs during a three-game sweep at the hands of the Royals from April 8-10. They arrive in Kansas City winners of seven of nine while slugging .449 with 15 homers - including four in Sunday's 10-0 win over Seattle.

This stretch immediately follows a 10-game losing streak - tied for fourth-longest in team history - that saw the Twins average 2.8 runs while slugging only .317.

"Those 10 games we were losing, some games were one-run games and we just needed a big hit," Brian Dozier, who went 3 for 4 with a home run Sunday, told the team's official website.

Dozier has struggled this season and was batting .197 before going 10 for 24 (.417) over his last six games.

"But we've turned this thing around and it's not a streak anymore," he said. "Everything is going good right now and we're clicking."

The Royals (23-31), meanwhile, continued to squander opportunities in a 3-1 loss at Texas on Sunday. They couldn't score a run in the second despite loading the bases with no outs, and also finished the fourth empty-handed after putting runners on second and third.

Kansas City is hitting .221 with runners in scoring position while averaging 2.6 runs during a 3-14 slide. This came after the club started 20-17, and hit .312 with runners in scoring position.

"We were in a position to do some damage," manager Ned Yost said Sunday. "We had our opportunities and it just didn't happen. We have to start picking up some of those opportunities."

Both starting pitchers put together solid outings Wednesday. Minnesota's Samuel Deduno (1-1, 5.11 ERA) held Milwaukee to one run and four hits over seven innings in a 4-1 win, while Luis Mendoza (1-2, 4.63) gave up a run in 5 2-3 innings at St. Louis in a game the Royals would go on to lose 5-3.

Deduno yielded one run in 6 1-3 innings in winning his lone start against the Royals on July 22.

Mendoza is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in five games - four starts - against the Twins. Justin Morneau, who is expected to be back in the lineup after missing two straight games because of the stomach flu, is 5 for 8 off the right-hander.

A matchup with the Twins might be just what Billy Butler and Salvador Perez need to help awaken Kansas City's offense. Butler is batting .422 with 11 RBIs during an 11-game hitting streak versus Minnesota, while Perez has at least one hit in 17 of his 19 games against the divisional foe, batting .403. He went 6 for 12 in the first three games this year.

Joe Mauer, who is 7 of 18 in his last five games, is hitting .452 with 31 RBIs in his last 35 contests against Kansas City dating back to 2010.

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06/04/2013 02:26 AM

Preview: Athletics (34-24) at Brewers (21-34)
Game: 2
Venue: Miller Park
Date: June 04, 2013 8:10 PM EDT

The Oakland Athletics' improved play outside the Bay Area has helped them reach their high-water mark of the season.

Another game visiting the slumping Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night could further aid their push for the AL West lead.

Since dropping a season-worst five consecutive road games, the A's (35-24) are 8-3 outside Oakland following Monday's 10-2 victory. It was Oakland's fourth consecutive victory as it played in Miller Park for the first time.

The A's starters have a 2.66 ERA while winning 15 of 17 to help lift the team a season-best 11 games above .500 and within 1 1/2 games of division-leading Texas.

A.J. Griffin (5-4, 4.04 ERA) will try to keep the pressure on the Rangers. Oakland had won the right-hander's previous three starts - and six in a row overall - before a 5-2 loss at San Francisco on Thursday when Griffin yielded four runs in 5 2-3 innings.

"It was one of his better outings of the year," catcher Derek Norris told the A's official website.

Griffin, though, could fare better against a Milwaukee team which has lost five straight at home for the third time this year and eight of 10 overall. The Brewers' last six-game skid at Miller Park was Aug. 30-Sept. 10, 2011.

One positive Monday was Rickie Weeks going 2 for 3 with a home run and a triple. The struggling second baseman, batting .192, nearly had a two-homer game before a video review in the seventh overturned the call.

Perhaps the Brewers calling up second baseman Scooter Gennett from Triple-A Nashville on Monday and manager Ron Roenicke mentioning a platoon system got Weeks' attention.

"It was nice to see him swinging it well. Hopefully that continues,' Roenicke said.

Milwaukee (21-35) also made a trade Monday, acquiring third baseman Juan Francisco from Atlanta for minor league pitcher Tom Keeling. Francisco, who hit .241 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 35 games for the Braves, is expected to join the team Tuesday.

Jonathan Lucroy, who had his eight-game hitting streak snapped Monday, will likely be behind the plate as Kyle Lohse (1-6, 4.37) tries to avoid losing a career high-tying sixth consecutive decision.

The veteran right-hander has one of the majors' lowest run-support averages (2.56) - it's 1.85 at home - but he didn't help himself in Thursday's 8-6 loss at Minnesota, permitting a season-worst six runs in a season-low 4 2-3 innings.

Lohse was also tagged for a career-high four homers in his first start since missing a turn due to elbow discomfort.

"Physically, I wasn't having the pain in the elbow where I had it before. I just didn't locate the ball," he told the Brewers' official website. "... A guy like me, I've got to locate, change speeds, and I didn't do a very good job."

Lohse hasn't been very good against Oakland, going 1-3 with a 5.54 ERA in seven starts. The last one was in 2007 while with Cincinnati.

Coco Crisp, who had four of Oakland's season-high 19 hits Monday, including his 10th career leadoff homer, has faced Lohse more than twice as much any other A's player. He's 9 for 35 in that matchup.

Oakland has won four straight over Milwaukee.



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06/04/2013 02:28 AM

Preview: Diamondbacks (32-24) at Cardinals (37-19)
Game: 2
Venue: Busch Stadium
Date: June 04, 2013 8:15 PM EDT

If the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks remain atop their respective divisions, solid pitching likely will be a major reason.

Each sends a highly regarded young hurler to the mound Tuesday night, with Michael Wacha looking to guide St. Louis to an eighth victory in 10 tries in a matchup with Tyler Skaggs and visiting Arizona.

St. Louis (38-19) has the best record in the major leagues and hasn't lost back-to-back games since a three-game skid April 27-29. Carlos Beltran went 3 for 5 with a two-run homer and Yadier Molina, after appealing a one-game suspension handed down just before the contest, hit a solo homer in the fifth inning of a 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Matt Carpenter had three hits and is batting .412 during a career high-tying 12-game hitting streak.

The defeat was the first in three contests for Arizona (32-25). Gerardo Parra, 10 for 20 in four games versus St. Louis this season, had two hits and is batting .407 during a seven-game hitting streak.

Both teams' success to date is due largely to strong pitching. St. Louis has a 2.96 ERA that's tops in baseball, while Arizona ranks seventh with a 3.64 mark.

Skaggs (1-0, 0.00 ERA) contributed to that number in his first start of the season May 27. Called up to start the first game of a doubleheader, he gave up three hits and struck out nine in six scoreless innings of a 5-3 win over Texas.

``I'm happy that they called me up and had the confidence in me," said Skaggs, who went 1-3 with a 5.83 ERA in six starts last season. "Hopefully I opened up a few eyes.'

Though the Diamondbacks initially recalled Randall Delgado to take the roster spot of Brandon McCarthy, who was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, manager Kirk Gibson opted to give the 21-year-old Skaggs another start.

"He threw all of his pitches. That's what he has to do, and hopefully he'll do that again," Gibson told the team's official website.

The left-hander, Arizona's top prospect according to, has not faced the Cardinals, who will start a prized youngster of their own.

Wacha (0-0, 1.29) had impressive major league debut Thursday, allowing one run and two hits while striking out six in seven innings of a 4-2 loss to Kansas City. The bullpen allowed three ninth-inning runs.

"Definitely just one to remember," Wacha said. "Once I threw the first pitch for a strike I really calmed down and was able to execute my pitches pretty well.'

The right-hander will face a Diamondbacks team that has dropped five of six in St. Louis.

Arizona had won three of the previous four meetings overall prior to Monday.



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06/04/2013 02:29 AM

Preview: Blue Jays (24-33) at Giants (30-27)
Game: 1
Venue: AT&T Park
Date: June 04, 2013 10:15 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy presented Melky Cabrera with a World Series ring in last month's visit to Canada.

Cabrera, suspended for drug use last season and now with the Toronto Blue Jays, may not get as favorable a reunion with Bay Area fans when he returns to San Francisco in Tuesday night's opener of a three-game set.

The outfielder was suspended 50 games Aug. 15 for a positive testosterone test. The MVP of last year's All-Star game, he was left off the Giants' postseason roster and took the unprecedented move of disqualifying himself for the NL batting title. San Francisco's Buster Posey took the crown by leading the majors with a .336 average while Cabrera batted .346.

Bochy presented Cabrera with his ring in a private ceremony in the weight room before the start of a series May 14-15. Toronto (24-33) swept the two games from San Francisco (30-27).

The manager may have done that to avoid a scene at home, although Cabrera insists he isn't worried about his reception.

"It's up to the fans, it's nothing I have control of," Cabrera told the Blue Jays' official website. "I'm just going to play the game. If they decide to boo, that's fine. If they decide to cheer, that's fine with me, too. But I'm not going to worry about that. I'm just going to focus on the game and try to help my team win."

There will likely be boos if Cabrera produces like he did in last month's series. He went 5 for 8 with four runs scored and two RBIs.

San Francisco starters allowed 16 runs in that series. Half of them were unearned, as the Giants totaled four errors.

Tim Lincecum (3-5, 5.12 ERA), who was tagged for seven runs in 3 2-3 innings in his lone start versus the Blue Jays in 2007, could be pitching to remain in the rotation Tuesday. Lincecum has posted an 8.27 ERA in losing his last three starts, and Bochy actually had the right-hander available in the bullpen this past weekend in St. Louis.

Cabrera is 1 for 6 against Lincecum.

These teams had Monday off. Toronto, however, is no doubt looking for some length out of starter Josh Johnson (0-1, 6.86) after its bullpen allowed one run in 22 2-3 innings over the weekend as the Blue Jays dropped two of three in San Diego.

Toronto relievers worked nine scoreless innings in Sunday's 7-4, 11-inning victory.

"We're proud of it, but then again, we're only as good as our next one,' reliever Steve Delabar said.

Johnson will make his first start since April 21 after being out due to right triceps inflammation. He has worked on a revamped changeup during his rehab.

"Hopefully, I can get it to that level where it can be a huge pitch for me," said Johnson, seeking his first win in eight starts.

The right-hander is 0-3 with a 3.46 ERA in six outings against the Giants. Hunter Pence (5 for 11 with two homers) and Andres Torres (5 for 8 with a homer and three doubles) have fared well against him.

The same can be said of Angel Pagan, who is 6 for 17 against Johnson and may return Tuesday after missing eight games with a sore left hamstring.

Brandon Belt, who went 3 for 6 with a homer last month in Toronto, broke a tie with a two-run pinch-hit double in the seventh in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Cardinals. That was just the second win in seven games for San Francisco.



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06/04/2013 01:56 PM

Preview: Padres (26-31) at Dodgers (24-32)
Game: 2
Venue: Dodger Stadium
Date: June 04, 2013 10:10 PM EDT

Adrian Gonzalez doesn't appear to be slowing down, and the Los Angeles Dodgers could also be adding a second high-profile hitter in as many days to the lineup Tuesday night.

The red-hot Gonzalez could be joined by Hanley Ramirez in his return as the Dodgers host the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

Behind home runs from Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke, Los Angeles (24-32) opened a 10-game homestand with a 2-1 victory over the Padres (26-31) on Monday. The Dodgers have gone 7-10 in their last 17, but they've won eight of 11 in Los Angeles.

Highly regarded Yasiel Puig had two hits and made a strong throw from right field to first base to complete a game-ending double play in his major league debut. The 22-year-old Cuban defector is helping fill in for outfielders Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford, who are dealing with hamstring injuries.t

"He's an energetic guy, eager to get on the field, loves the game and always has a smile on his face,' Gonzalez said. "We all know he's got a great arm.'

Gonzalez went 1 for 3 with a home run Monday and is batting .429 with four homers and 12 RBIs in his last 10 games.

After Puig provided a spark Monday, Los Angeles could get Ramirez back for this game after he missed the past 28 with a hamstring injury. The third baseman has played in only four games, going 5 for 11 with a homer.

It might be perfect timing considering he's 9 for 10 against San Diego's Clayton Richard (1-5, 7.86 ERA).

Gonzalez has also dominated the left-hander, going 8 for 10.

Richard had posted an 11.12 ERA over his previous four starts before finally earning a victory with two scoreless innings of relief in a 4-3, 17-inning win over Toronto on Friday.

"That's the crazy thing about baseball. You never really know what you're going to get," Richard said.

Richard had one of his best starts of the season against the Dodgers on April 9, allowing two runs over five innings of a 9-3 home win.

He'll try to help the Padres, losers of two in a row after winning four of five, get back on track as they face Ted Lilly (0-2, 4.26).

The left-hander has allowed four earned runs over 11 innings in two outings since replacing Josh Beckett (groin) in the rotation.

Lilly has gone 5-1 with a 1.25 ERA in his last six starts against the Padres, and he's yielded one unearned run in 13 1-3 innings over the past two matchups.

San Diego's Nick Hundley (2 for 20), Will Venable (1 for 9) and Chris Denorfia (2 for 12) have struggled against Lilly.

Everth Cabrera went 2 for 3 in the series opener and is 8 for 18 with four stolen bases over his last four games.

Carlos Quentin may be able to return after injuring his right shoulder running into the wall Sunday.



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06/04/2013 01:58 PM

Preview: Orioles (32-25) at Astros (21-37)
Game: 1
Venue: Minute Maid Park
Date: June 04, 2013 8:10 PM EDT

The Houston Astros sure aren't playing like the team with the worst record in the AL.

Back home after a perfect road trip, Houston will try to extend its winning streak to seven when it faces the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

The Astros (21-37) have a ways to go before they can start thinking about reaching the .500 mark, but Houston has the longest current winning streak in baseball. The club capped a 6-0 trip and finished its first four-game sweep as a member of the AL with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday.

It's the Astros' longest run since a seven-game streak July 27-Aug. 3, 2010.

"It was just a matter of time," manager Bo Porter said. "... you're starting to see we're coming together."

Houston is playing well in close games, winning four times on the trip by two or fewer runs.

Its starters have played a big part, posting a 2.28 ERA during the club's 7-1 stretch. Lucas Harrell (4-6, 5.37 ERA) will try to keep that run of excellent pitching going Tuesday when he faces an Orioles team that's won nine of 13.

The right-hander had gone 0-4 with a 7.53 ERA in six May starts before giving up four runs - three earned - in 5 2-3 innings in a 7-5 victory over Colorado on Thursday. Harrell's outing was made more impressive by the fact that he worked around the Astros' season-high four errors.

He'll face a challenge in first baseman Chris Davis, who hit his major league-leading 20th home run in a 4-2 win over Detroit on Sunday that helped the Orioles (32-25) take two of three from the AL Central leader.

"I think we can compete with anybody," Davis told the Orioles' official website.

Davis is a big reason why the Orioles lead the majors with 81 homers and are second with a .275 batting average. His .357 average and 52 RBIs are second to the totals of Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera.

"Just the consistent approach every day has helped me out, the routine," said Davis, the AL player of the week. "I heard for such a long time that routine was such a big part of this game. I've really found one that I like and I've continued to do that.'

Davis, though, has gone 3 for 23 in seven games against the Astros, all while with Texas.

Baltimore's Chris Tillman (4-2, 4.26) will also have to contend with a dangerous power hitter in Chris Carter, who has 12 home runs after leading the Astros with three and seven RBIs on the trip. Tillman has given up 11 homers in his last five appearances after yielding a career-high four in a 9-6 victory over Washington on Wednesday.

The right-hander, who allowed six runs in 4 2-3 innings, has never faced Houston.

The Orioles go for a seventh consecutive victory in this series following a sweep in their last meeting June 17-19, 2008.

Baltimore dropped all three games in its only series in Houston from June 3-5, 2003.



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06/04/2013 01:59 PM

Preview: Cubs (23-32) at Angels (25-33)
Game: 1
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Date: June 04, 2013 10:05 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum believes the Los Angeles Angels are a dangerous club despite their sub-.500 record.

It may be about time the Angels begin proving him right before it's too late.

Jered Weaver faces the visiting Cubs on Tuesday night when he looks to help get Los Angeles back on track after suffering an embarrassing sweep.

The Angels (25-33) are one of baseball's biggest disappointments due to lofty expectations that came with the aggressive signing of free agents to high-priced deals the past two offseasons.

They may have hit their lowest point after being swept in a four-game series at home by last-place Houston, which has picked up seven of its AL-worst 21 victories over the Angels.

Los Angeles scored eight runs the entire set after falling 2-1 on Monday, continuing to founder despite a lineup featuring sluggers Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Mark Trumbo and Josh Hamilton.

Sveum isn't counting the Angels out just yet, though.

"We know they're capable of being a prolific offense," Sveum told the team's official website. "They have guys with some track records of some powerful stuff. You know they're going to do their thing. They have some guys with special ability with the bat."

Weaver (1-1, 3.71 ERA) looks to turn in a solid effort on the mound Tuesday as he makes his second start since returning from a fractured left elbow. He allowed one run and struck out seven in six innings of Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

``It's been a long road and a lot of frustrating times,' Weaver said. ``I got to give it up to the training staff for dealing with me for six weeks. When you haven't been out there in a while, you ask yourself, `Can I still do this?''

Weaver seemingly has a good opportunity to keep rolling against another NL team Tuesday. He hasn't lost an interleague start since falling to the Dodgers on June 20, 2009, going 8-0 with a 1.94 ERA over his last 12 outings.

One of those victories came June 19, 2010, when he scattered two hits over seven innings to beat the Cubs 12-0 at Wrigley Field.

Chicago (23-32) had Monday off as it prepares for this short two-game series. It has another day off Thursday before beginning a seven-game homestand.

"We know the history of the West Coast is no fun," Sveum said. "It's hard to win out there. In our case, we're going out there a couple different times and this one is only for two days. You're putting a lot of miles on."

The Cubs are coming off back-to-back home losses to Arizona - 12-4 on Saturday and 8-4 on Sunday - that followed a five-game winning streak, and Feldman (5-4, 2.82) will look to help get them back on track.

Feldman spent the last eight seasons with Texas but still hasn't faced the Angels since 2010. He's 4-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 11 career starts against them, opposing Weaver three times.

The right-hander has been solid in his first season with the Cubs, allowing two or fewer earned runs in eight of his 10 starts. He allowed two runs and struck out seven in six innings of Wednesday's 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

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06/04/2013 02:02 PM

Preview: White Sox (24-31) at Mariners (25-33)
Game: 2
Venue: Safeco Field
Date: June 04, 2013 10:10 PM EDT

After bouncing back from a brief rough stretch, Seattle's Felix Hernandez can focus on extending his home dominance over the Chicago White Sox.

Jake Peavy, meanwhile, hopes to remain successful against the Mariners and help the White Sox avoid an eighth consecutive defeat Tuesday night.

Hernandez (6-4, 2.38 ERA) allowed 11 runs and 19 hits over 10 2-3 innings to lose two in a row before he gave up one run and three hits in eight innings of a 7-1 win at San Diego on Thursday.

"He stayed in his delivery better," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "Executed pitches, good stuff. Controlled the ballgame, which is what we want guys to do.'

Though the star right-hander allowed four runs in 6 1-3 innings to drop to 0-2 with a 6.50 ERA in his last three starts - all on the road - versus Chicago (24-31), he's 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA in five against the White Sox at Safeco Field. Hernandez has not faced them there since 2011, but he's yielded two runs and 13 hits and struck out 24 while going 1-0 in the last three home outings.

The Mariners ace might be the last person Chicago wants to see on the mound as it tries to avoid the club's first-eight game skid since Sept. 14-21, 2010. After their eight-game winning streak at Seattle (25-33) ended with Monday's 4-2 loss, the White Sox are batting .192 while being outscored 37-11 in the last seven contests.

Chicago also will try to avoid its first nine-game road slide since May 30-June 22, 2008.

"It's been tough, but we hope to turn it around," said second baseman Gordon Beckham, who went 0 for 3 on Monday in his first game since he injured his wrist April 9.

Chicago's Adam Dunn drove in a run with a hit in his fourth straight game Monday, but is batting .133 (6 for 45) with 21 strikeouts in his last 13 contests.

Peavy (6-3, 3.62), though, is 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in nine starts versus Seattle. He's allowed two runs and fanned 23 over 21 innings to win all three career starts at Safeco Field.

However, the right-hander has yielded 10 runs in 10 innings to lose his last two road outings. He allowed six and eight hits in four innings of an 8-3 loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

"I felt good,' said Peavy, who served up a grand slam to Cubs pitcher Travis Wood. "There was no excuse of it whatsoever.'

A lifetime .313 hitter with two doubles and a home run off Peavy, Raul Ibanez delivered a two-run homer Monday to help Seattle improve to 5-4 since a season-high eight-game losing streak.

"First and foremost, it's nice to get a win to start off a series,' winning pitcher Joe Saunders said. "We've been kind of struggling of late.'

Teammate Kendrys Morales had an RBI double, and is batting .400 (24 for 60) with 15 RBIs in his last 14 games. He's hit .425 with nine RBIs in his last 11 against the White Sox.



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06/04/2013 02:03 PM

Diamond Trends - Tuesday

June 4, 2013


-- The Indians are 0-10 since July 29, 2012 as a dog after a loss in which they left 18+ men on base for a net profit of $1000 when playing against.


-- The Brewers are 10-0 OU since July 31, 2008 as a home dog after a 5+ run loss and it is not the first game of a series for a net profit of $1000 when playing the over.


-- When Jered Weaver starts the Angels are 17-0 since September 10, 2010 as a 140+ favorite in the first game of a series that not past the first 150 games of the season for a net profit of $1700.


-- The Pirates are 10-1 (+$1,232) since May 2010 when they have averaged less than 1.8 runs per game their past five games.


-- The Mets are 0-7 since May 19, 2012 on the road after a 5+ run loss and it is not the last game of a series for a net profit of $720 when playing against.

-- When Homer Bailey starts the Reds are 0-7 since June 14, 2007 at home in June for a net profit of $837 when playing against.

Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: