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Vance Worely, Philadelphia Phillies (10-1, 2.85 ERA)
The Phillies have won each of Worely’s last 12 starts including a 6-4 decision over Cincinnati the last time he toed the rubber. The rookie wasn’t at his best, allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings, though he did strike out seven.
"It's kind of weird," Worley told reporters recently. "I didn't know I'd be doing what I was doing. I thought I'd just be up for a cup of coffee this year."
Ted Lilly, Los Angeles Dodgers (9-13, 4.39 ERA)
Lilly has finally put it together, posting a 2.35 ERA during August. Still, the Dodgers won just two of his six starts during the month. The last time he took the hill he gave up just two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 4-2 win over San Diego, though he did struggle a bit with four walks.
"Today was one of those days where Rod [Barajas] did the best with what he had as far as working with me," Lilly said. "It makes it tough on what fingers to put down."
Brett Myers, Houston Astros (3-13, 4.81 ERA)
Myers hasn’t won a game in three months, but is hoping a little time off helped him get back on track. He missed his last start to attend the birth of his fourth child, but heads into this game with a 0-7 record with a 4.87 ERA since the middle of June.
"You can only control what you can control," Myers said. "I'm going to go out there and keep trying to give us the best chance to win. If the wins are there, that would be great. If not, there's nothing I can do about that."
Phil Hughes, New York Yankees (4-5, 6.75 ERA)
Hughes gets another shot to hold onto his spot in the rotation, but he’ll have to pull it together in a hurry. He has allowed six runs in each of his last two starts and has 37 strikeouts and 20 walks in 60 innings of work so far this season. His WHIP is sitting at 1.55.
MLB: The under is 10-3-2 in the last 15 meetings between the Twins and White Sox.
MLB: The L.A. Dodgers are 3-11 in their last 14 games in Washington.
WNBA: Connecticut is 7-3 against the spread in its last 10 road games.
MLB: Seattle is 2-7 in Felix Hernandez’s last nine starts against the Angels.
MLB: Florida is 7-22 in its last 29 overall.
WNBA: The over is 6-19-1 in San Antonio’s last 26.
15 – The Detroit Tigers may be 7-3 in Rick Porcello’s last 10 starts against the Cleveland Indians, but that trend is misleading. Porcello has been hammered for 25 hits, four dingers and 15 runs in his last two starts against the Tribe, which spanned 14 1/3 innings. Cleveland is a -120 favorite Tuesday.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants - Umenyiora is expected to be sidelined for at least the first two weeks of the season. NFL.com reported that Umenyiora could possibly return for the Week 3 game against Philadelphia. The Giants have officially ruled him out for their Week 1 tilt against Washington. New York is set as a 3-point road favorite.
Game of the day
Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (-105, 8.5)
"We've got to take care of our own business. We don't want to have someone lose for us to get in, we wanna get there because we're playing well at the end of the year." – San Antonio Silver Stars sharpshooter Becky Hammon on her club’s game against the L.A. Sparks. The Silver Stars can secure the fourth and final playoff spot in the West with a win but are pegged as 3.5-point road underdogs.
Notes and tips
The Washington Nationals will finally welcome Stephen Strasburg back to action Tuesday more than a full year after he hit the shelf with an elbow injury. Strasburg was electric in his rookie season last year, going 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in only 68 innings of work. The Nats are set as -155 favorites against the Dodgers.
Rookie Liam Hendriks will make his big league debute Tuesday for the Minnesota Twins against the Chicago White Sox. Hendricks was 12-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 25 games between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester this year. The Twins are set as +115 underdogs.