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Masterson has been dynamite in his last two outings, allowing just one unearned run in his last 16 innings on the hill. He threw the fourth complete game of his career last week, limiting the Reds to three hits and that one unearned run while walking none. Masterson has 18 strikeouts in his last two starts, turning it around after the Indians had dropped six of his last seven.
Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals (9-3, 2.55 ERA)
Gonzalez has won seven of his last nine and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in an outing since his first start of the season. In his last turn, he labored early, needing 50 pitches to get through the first two innings against Tampa Bay. After that he went on to fire six innings of two-run ball, striking out four and walking two.
Carlos Zambrano, Miami Marlins (4-5, 4.01 ERA)
Zambrano continues to struggle with his control and Miami has lost his last three starts. He was a little better last week against Boston, allowing three runs over five innings, but still walked four. Big Z now has 13 walks during the three-game skid and 42 free passes to first in 83 innings this year for Miami.
Liam Hendriks, Minnesota Twins (0-4, 7.39 ERA)
Hendriks gave up six runs (three earned) on eight hits in five innings during a 9-1 loss to the Pirates last week. It was his fourth consecutive loss and he’s allowed six home runs over that span. Dating back to last year, he is without a win in 10 starts and owns a 6.84 ERA.
Washington Nationals at Colorado Rockies - 17 mph winds expected to blow out to left field.
Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals - 15 mph winds expected to blow in from right-centerfield.
MLB :Yankees are 22-7 in their last 29 overall.
MLB: Red Sox are 11-0 in Matsuzaka's last 11 starts vs. Blue Jays.
MLB: White Sox are 10-3 in their last 13 meetings with Minnesota.
WNBA: Storm are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
MLB: Pirates are 8-24 in the last 32 meetings in Philadelphia.
MLB: Over is 1-10 in Baltimore's last 11 overall.
MLB: Marlins are 5-16 in their last 21 overall.
WNBA:Sparks are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
-6.83 – The Tulsa Shock own the WNBA’s worst rebounding margin this year at -6.83 and sit last in the league at 1-11 straight up.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Matt Capps, Minnesota Twins – Minnesota’s closer has been placed in the 15-day DL with a right shoulder injury. Glen Perkins and Jared Burton are expected to handle closing duties with Capps is on the shelf. He has 14 saves and a 3.42 ERA this season.
Game of the day
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (+110)
“I feel like I'm a great player. I am a great player. Unfortunately I have to deal with circumstances that people don't have to deal with normally in a sport, but I can't be discouraged by that. I'm up for challenges. I have great tennis in me. I just need the opportunity.” – Venus Williams on her first-round exit at Wimbledon. It was the first time she failed to advance past the first round for the first time since her debut at the All England Club in 1997. Williams was pegged around +2500 to win the tournament.
Notes and tips
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve sat out Monday’s game after straining his hamstring in Sunday’s win over Cleveland. Altuve is hitting .309 with five homers, 23 RBI and has 12 stolen bases. He’s considered day-to-day for now.
Incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson is No. 1 on the Seahawks' depth chart over high-dollar free agent signee Matt Flynn and third-round draft choice Russell Wilson. For now, coach Pete Carroll is standing by what he said in minicamp: Jackson will take snaps with the first unit while Flynn and Wilson prove they're ready to run offense. Jackson finished 7-7 as the starter in his first year in Seattle, but he also struggled in late-game situations, and understood there would be competition for the starting job in his second season.
The Marlins might have reached their lowest point of the season Saturday with a 7-1 loss. After the game, third baseman Hanley Ramirez, for the first time in his career, initiated a players-only meeting.Manager Ozzie Guillen said he did not talk to players after Saturday's game "because I might say the wrong thing and tomorrow I might regret it. But Guillen vented to reporters after Miami's 15th loss in its last 17 games."If we are the problem, my coaching staff, myself, then speak up. That's easy. ... But in the meanwhile,they're the ones who perform and we are not performing the way we should." The Marlins then went out Sunday and shut out the Blue Jays 9-0.
-- THudson is 2-1, 2.70 in his last three starts.
-- Lohse is 1-1, 1.63 in his last four starts.
-- GGonzalez is 7-2, 2.95 in his last nine starts.
-- Vogelsong is 5-1, 1.99 in his last nine starts. Kershaw is 1-0, 2.86 in his last three road starts.
-- Angels won last six Wilson starts (4-0, 1.74).
-- Masterson is 2-1, 0.78 in his last three starts. Hughes is 3-1, 3.51 in his last four starts.
-- BChen is 3-0, 2.25 in his last three home starts.
-- Darvish is 2-0, 2.25 in his last couple starts.
-- Blackley is 1-0, 1.93 in his last couple starts.
-- Bedard is 1-2, 6.75 in his last four starts. Worley is 0-2, 4.13 in his last four starts.
-- Arroyo is 1-3, 6.26 in his last five starts. Estrada is 0-3, 5.76 in his last five starts.
-- DHudson has an 11.37 RA in his last three starts.
-- Zambrano is 0-2, 13.50 in his last three starts.
-- Gee is 1-2, 3.95 in his last four starts. RWells is 0-2, 6.59 in three starts this season.
-- KWells is making first MLB appearance since '09; he is 67-99, 4.71 in 212 career starts for eight different teams. He is 1-4, 4.97 in seven AAA starts so far this season. Lyles is 0-3, 6.89 in his last three starts.
-- Friedrich is 0-3, 9.60 in his last three starts.
-- Matusz is 0-3, 8.76 in his last three starts.
-- Matsuzaka is 0-2, 6.06 in three starts this season. Laffey is making first '12 start; he is 21-23, 4.77 as a big leaguer, with 49 career starts. This year in the minors, he is 3-5, 4.52 in 11 AAA starts.
-- Smyly is 1-2, 6.98 in his last six starts.
-- Hendriks is 0-4, 13.23 in his last four starts. Floyd is 2-4, 8.59 in his last seven starts.
-- Archer allowed three runs in six IP in his first MLB start.
-- Vargas is 1-3, 8.63 in his last four starts.
-- Diamondbacks won five of their last six games.
-- Pirates won six of their last nine games.
-- St Louis won five of its last six games.
-- San Diego won three of its last four games.
-- Giants won 10 of their last 14 home games.
-- Angels won six of their last eight games. Orioles won seven of their last eight home games.
-- Bronx Bombers won 13 of their last 16 games.
-- Red Sox won nine of their last twelve games. Injury-ravaged Blue Jays won seven of their last ten games.
-- Rangers won seven of their last nine games. Detroit is 7-4 in its last 11 away games.
-- Minnesota won three of its last four games.
-- Tampa Bay won seven of its last eleven road games.
-- A's won ten of their last thirteen games.
-- Atlanta lost six of its last seven home games.
-- Phillies lost 13 of their last 18 home games.
-- Cincinnati lost five of its last seven games. Brewers lost seven of their last ten road games.
-- Miami lost 16 of its last 19 games.
-- Mets lost their last three games, scoring nine runs. Cubs lost eight of their last twelve games.
-- Houston lost seven of its last ten games.
-- Rockies lost 14 of their last 18 games. Washington lost three of its last four games.
-- Dodgers lost seven of their last nine games.
-- Indians lost six of their last seven road games.
-- Royals lost three of their last four games.
-- White Sox lost five of their last six road games.
-- Mariners lost 11 of their last 15 games.
-- Under is 10-2-1 in last thirteen Arizona road games.
-- Over is 22-8 in Philly's last 30 games.
-- Eight of last ten Milwaukee road games stayed under.
-- Over is 5-1-1 in last seven Miami games.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in Cubs' last six games.
-- Under is 4-1-1 in last six Houston home games.
-- Under is 6-1-1 in last eight Washington games.
-- Under is 5-2-1 in Dodgers' last eight games.
-- Under is 8-3-1 in Angels' last dozen games.
-- Under is 8-1-1 in last ten Cleveland road games.
-- Over is 6-1-1 in Toronto's last eight road games.
-- Last six Detroit games stayed under the total.
-- Five of last six Minnesota games stayed under total.
-- Three of last four Kansas City games went over the total.
-- Under is 5-2-1 in last Oakland games.
-- Pitt-Phil-- Five of last six Hudson games went over the total.
-- Mil-Cin-- Last four Kellogg games stayed under the total.
-- Az-Atl-- Do not know who the umpire is for this game.
-- StL-Mia-- 11 of 15 Bellino games stayed under the total.
-- NY-Chi-- Visiting team won four of last five Cuzzi games.
-- SD-Hst-- Under is 9-1-2 in last ten Reyburn games.
-- Wsh-Col-- Over is 5-1-1 in last seven Conroy games.
-- LA-SF-- Seven of last eight Barksdale games stayed under.
-- LA-Balt-- No idea who the umpire is for this game.
-- Cle-NY-- Underdogs are 7-5 in last dozen Reynolds games.
-- Tor-Bos-- Favorites won four of last five Estabrook games.
-- Det-Tex-- Home side won five of last six Darling games.
-- Chi-Min-- Six of last eight Everitt games stayed under total.
-- TB-KC-- Underdogs won four of last six Vanover games.
-- A's-Sea-- Five of last six Scott games went over the total.