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05/02/2013 10:45 AM

OFF to a good start in May.....lets continue the winning....

Date WLT Pct Net Units Record

05/01/13 19-­11-­0 63.33% +­4395 Detail

Totals 19-­11-­0 63.33% +4395

Thursday, May 2

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Tampa Bay - 2:10 PM ET Tampa Bay +125 500 POD # 2

Kansas City - Over 7.5 500

San Diego - 2:20 PM ET San Diego +118 500 POD # 1
Chi. Cubs -

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05/02/2013 11:58 PM

Preview: Reds (15-14) at Cubs (11-17)

Game: 1
Venue: Wrigley Field
Date: May 03, 2013 2:20 PM EDT

Struggling to win away from home, the Cincinnati Reds are hoping to change their fortunes by adding to their recent dominance at Wrigley Field.

The Reds, though, will face the pitcher who started them on their current hitting slump, Carlos Villanueva, when they try to match their longest road win streak against the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

With three wins away from home, Cincinnati (15-14) is one of the worst road teams in the majors. The Reds haven't helped themselves by hitting .195 with 17 runs in the last nine games, including the first seven of a 10-game trip.

Cincinnati had six hits in a 4-2 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday, and Brandon Phillips was the only player to drive in runs with a solo homer and double.

"Hopefully, we'll regroup in Chicago and come home victorious," manager Dusty Baker told the team's official website. "I'd like a sweep before we get home."

The Reds would appear to have a good chance to salvage their trip as they've won six in a row at Wrigley Field. Cincinnati recorded its only seven-game win streak there June 25, 2002-April 14, 2003.

Cincinnati, though, will face Villanueva (1-1, 2.29 ERA) in the series opener. The right-hander yielded a solo homer, two singles and two walks to the Reds in a career high-tying 8 1-3 innings April 23, but he did not get a decision in a 4-2 road win.

Villanueva had a 1.53 ERA in his first four starts with Chicago before giving up four runs over six innings in Sunday's 6-4 loss in Miami. He's 1-2 with a 2.50 ERA in six starts against the Reds.

The Cubs (11-17) nearly headed into this game having won six of eight, but they allowed four runs in the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss to San Diego on Thursday.

Welington Castillo allowed the tying run to score when he failed to hustle after a passed ball.

"I want to apologize to my teammates for doing that. That's not going to happen anymore," Castillo said.

Chicago will seek to bounce back by recording its sixth win in 23 games against the Reds. Mike Leake will try to help Cincinnati add to that dominance while rebounding from the shortest start of his career.

Leake (1-1, 4.34) lasted three innings and gave up four runs, six hits and three walks in a 6-3 loss in Washington on Saturday.

The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.11 ERA in his last four starts against Chicago but gave up two runs over seven innings in a 5-4 victory April 22. He's 0-2 with a 4.68 ERA in his last five outings at Wrigley.

Starlin Castro is 12 for 32 (.375) against Leake, his most hits versus any pitcher. Castro singled off him in last month's loss while David DeJesus, 5 for 12 versus Leake, and Nate Schierholtz (5 for 10) each had two hits.

Anthony Rizzo, batting .400 in his last seven games, is 4 for 8 against Leake, while Alfonso Soriano is 2 for 21. Phillips has struggled against Villanueva, going 3 for 21.

The Cubs' Carlos Marmol is seeking to surpass Lee Smith with a franchise-best 453rd career relief appearance.

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05/03/2013 12:00 AM

Preview: Athletics (16-13) at Yankees (17-10)

Game: 1
Venue: Yankee Stadium
Date: May 03, 2013 7:05 PM EDT

After his winningest April, CC Sabathia will try to give another boost to the injury-plagued New York Yankees with a victorious start to May.

A matchup with the Oakland Athletics might help him do just that.

The left-hander will try to add to his recent success against the A's while helping the Yankees improve to 7-1 on their homestand Friday night.

Sabathia (4-2, 3.35 ERA) picked up a fourth win in April for the first time in his career after lasting eight innings against visiting Toronto on Saturday. He gave up four runs and a season-high nine hits - including the fifth and sixth homers he's allowed in the past three starts - but the Yankees (17-10) rallied for a 5-4 victory.

"The way he competes when he doesn't have his (best) stuff is probably as impressive as anything," manager Joe Girardi said. "That's how you become a 20-game winner."

Sabathia has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last five starts, aiding a team that's without Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis among nine players on the disabled list.

Despite an impressive record on this homestand, the Yankees are hardly blowing teams out. New York has outscored its opponents by just two runs - 32-30 - in the past seven games and has won nine of its last 11 by two runs or fewer.

The Yankees took advantage of Lyle Overbay's guile on the basepaths in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over Houston. Overbay made the Astros tag him at second on a double-play grounder in the sixth inning, allowing Eduardo Nunez to score the go-ahead run before the final out.

"We've played well so far," Ben Francisco said. "We've gotten great starting pitching. Our lineup has been doing the job, getting enough runs, and our bullpen has been unbelievable. That's a recipe for success."

Sabathia has possessed the right ingredients in his last 11 starts against Oakland (16-13), going 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA. He's 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in the past six and has posted a 1.16 ERA in his last three at home in the series.

In this start, Sabathia will face a team that's won three of four but also has lost five of six on the road. The Yankees have won 11 of 13 at home and are 16-6 overall since their 1-4 start.

A.J. Griffin (2-2, 4.65) will try to help his club snap out of its recent road funk by ending his own woes. The right-hander gave up a combined 13 runs over 11 innings in his last two starts after going 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in his first three.

After allowing a career-high nine runs in Boston on April 22, Griffin's troubles against Baltimore on Saturday all came in the fourth inning. He gave up all four runs in that frame of a 7-3 loss, including two homers.

"(Griffin) pitched well pretty much every inning but one," manager Bob Melvin told the team's official website. "The big inning has been our Achilles' heel recently."

Griffin went 1-0 with a 5.23 ERA in two starts against New York last season. He gave up four runs over 4 1-3 innings in his only game at Yankee Stadium.

Ichiro Suzuki, 13 for 31 (.419) over his last eight games, is 1 for 3 against Griffin. Jed Lowrie is 5 for 15 against Sabathia while Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss are a combined 0 for 17.

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05/03/2013 12:03 AM

Preview: Mariners (13-17) at Blue Jays (10-18)

Game: 1
Venue: Rogers Centre
Date: May 03, 2013 7:07 PM EDT

After getting off to a so-so start, Felix Hernandez is back to being a dominant pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. That has hardly been the case when he's faced the Toronto Blue Jays in his career.

Hernandez has been pounded in his last two starts against Toronto, but he enters Friday night's opener of a three-game series on his best run of 2013.

The right-hander went 1-2 with a 3.05 ERA in his first three outings this season before turning things around over his last three. He's 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA over that span, allowing 15 hits and two walks while striking out 28 in 22 innings.

Hernandez (3-2, 1.90 ERA) gave up one earned run and five hits in eight innings to beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 on Saturday.

"Like always, he throw an invisible ball. It's unbelievable," catcher Jesus Montero said. "He settled in so great."

Hernandez's pitches haven't been so invisible to the Blue Jays. He's gone 3-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine starts against them - easily his highest ERA versus a team he's faced more than once - and his last two matchups have been particularly one-sided.

Hernandez has allowed seven runs in each outing while giving up 22 hits over 10 innings. He lasted four innings and lost 8-3 at Toronto on Sept. 13 in his last start in the series.

He'll be looking to end those struggles while helping the Mariners (13-17) stay hot. They beat Baltimore 8-3 on Wednesday for their fifth victory in seven games following a 2-7 stretch.

"I feel like our guys have taken significant steps and what you are seeing now is more the norm in regard to what our guys are capable of," manager Eric Wedge said. "The way we're going to go about doing it is to be a complete team and to be able to count on all areas of our club."

Michael Morse hit his third homer in four games, a two-run shot, to become the first Mariner to have nine home runs in the team's first 30 games since Mike Cameron in 2002. Morse is 6 for 15 with four RBIs in the past four games.

Seattle now plays five straight and 14 of 17 on the road, where it has lost seven of eight.

The Mariners were scheduled to face Josh Johnson on Friday night, but the Blue Jays (10-19) placed him on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of inflammation in his right triceps.

Ricky Romero will take his place after struggling in spring training and beginning the season in the minors to work on his mechanics. The left-hander was an All-Star in 2011, but he went 9-14 with a 5.77 ERA in 32 starts last season.

Romero, who made one start for Class A Dunedin and allowed one run in seven innings, is 1-3 with a 3.88 ERA in eight starts against the Mariners.

"Everything we've seen, it's been really good," manager John Gibbons told the Blue Jays' official website. "... He's had a lot of work, he just hasn't had a lot of game action."

Toronto lost for the sixth time in seven games Thursday, 3-1 to Boston at home. The Blue Jays also scored once in falling to the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Seattle had won five in a row against the Blue Jays until they roughed up Hernandez in September.

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05/03/2013 12:04 AM

Preview: Twins (12-12) at Indians (12-13)

Game: 1
Venue: Progressive Field
Date: May 03, 2013 7:05 PM EDT

While he isn't a household name, Ryan Raburn is leading the charge for the surging Cleveland Indians.

The Indians try to extend their winning streak to five for the first time in two years Friday night when they open a three-game set against the visiting Minnesota Twins.

After back-to-back two-homer games, Raburn had his second four-hit contest in three days and drove in another two runs as Cleveland (12-13) completed a two-game sweep of Philadelphia with Wednesday's 6-0 win. Having only appeared in 16 games, Raburn has made the most of increased playing time with Nick Swisher (shoulder) and Michael Bourn (finger) out due to injury.

While Bourn remains sidelined, Swisher could return following a two-game absence.

"When you plug a guy in, whether it's injury or a doubleheader or whatever, and he gets this hot, that's such an added bonus," manager Terry Francona said of Raburn, who's 11 for 13 with nine RBIs over the last three games. "You can't flip a switch on when a guy plays, but he's been so hot. We've been able to hit him all over the lineup."

Raburn isn't the only one locked in. Hitting a major league-best .395, Carlos Santana is 10 for 18 with a homer, five walks, five runs scored and four RBIs over the last five games. Asdrubal Cabrera has also come up big over that stretch, going 9 for 20 with seven RBIs.

The Indians, who have outscored opponents 39-5 during their run, haven't won five straight since a seven-game winning streak April 26-May 3, 2011.

"Their whole team is swinging the bat so well, you just have to credit them," Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee said.

Cleveland will try to keep things going against Pedro Hernandez (1-0, 2.35 ERA). The 24-year-old left-hander scattered five hits over five scoreless innings Saturday, earning his first big league win in a 7-2 victory over Texas.

"Hernandez was fantastic," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We got exactly what we wanted out of him, a nice performance by him."

The Indians counter with Justin Masterson (4-2, 3.12), who's gone 1-2 with a 6.38 ERA over his last three starts. The right-hander struck out a season-high nine but otherwise struggled in the opener of Sunday's day-night doubleheader against Kansas City, allowing seven runs over 6 1-3 innings of a 9-0 loss.

"I ended up hanging some pitches up there and not finishing through a couple," he said. "Hopefully this is one of the outliers of the season. You're bound to have something like this."

Masterson went 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA against the Twins (12-12) last year. He was especially bad in a 12-5 road loss July 28, yielding a career-high 10 runs over 5 2-3 innings.

Masterson, though, has had his way with Joe Mauer, limiting him to four hits in 23 at_bats since 2010. He's also made things difficult on Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham, who are a combined 3 for 23 in their matchups.

While Mauer was batting .393 on April 20, his average has since dropped to .287 thanks to a 3-for-33 slump. The five-time All-Star is a career .339 hitter versus Cleveland.

After playing in all 23 games, Mauer was given the day off Wednesday as Minnesota won 6-2 at Detroit. Chris Parmelee went 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs.

"We're relying on what's going to make us win," winning pitcher Scott Diamond told MLB's official website. "That's our defense and moving runners. It's a good thing we're focusing on the right things."

The Twins have hit .292 and outscored the Indians 103-56 during a 12-3 run in the series. They have won six of eight in Cleveland.

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05/03/2013 12:05 AM

Preview: Marlins (8-20) at Phillies (12-16)

Game: 2
Venue: Citizens Bank Park
Date: May 03, 2013 7:05 PM EDT

A visit from the Miami Marlins might be what the Philadelphia Phillies need to get on track and string together some victories at home.

Coming off a strong offensive performance in the series opener, the Phillies try for a fifth straight home victory over the lowly Marlins on Friday night.

Domonic Brown homered for one of his three hits and Kyle Kendrick threw seven solid innings as Philadelphia (13-16) avoided a third straight defeat with a 7-2 win over Miami on Thursday. Ryan Howard added a solo shot for the Phillies, who snapped a three-game home skid to improve to 7-8 at Citizens Bank Park.

Philadelphia has won 10 of 13 overall and 17 of 22 at home against the Marlins (8-21).

Batting .394 (13 for 33) with three home runs and six RBIs during a nine-game home hitting streak, Howard is 7 for 14 while the Phillies have won three of four versus Miami this season.

Brown is batting .387 (12 for 31) with two homers and seven RBIs in his last eight games. He's hit .322 with two homers and nine RBIs in 16 overall against the Marlins.

"He's got the talent to be a good hitter," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He can not only be a high average hitter, but a power hitter, too."

Scheduled to make his third career start, Philadelphia's Jonathan Pettibone (1-0, 4.35 ERA) looks to build on his first career victory. He allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings of a 9-4 road win over the New York Mets on Saturday.

The right-hander has managed to avoid the big inning and is expected to remain in the rotation for the injured John Lannan.

"He deserves to pitch some more," Manuel said. "He kept his composure. ... He got in a tight jam (in the fourth inning) but he wiggled his way out of it. That was good."

The Marlins counter with Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 3.82), who has allowed three runs in each of his last two outings. On Sunday, the right-hander gave up four hits in a season-high seven innings of a 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Nolasco, who gave up a run in six innings of a 3-1, 10-inning home loss to the Phillies on April 12, is 6-1 with a 2.98 ERA in seven starts at Citizens Bank Park.

Center fielder Justin Ruggiano homered Thursday for the Marlins, who have dropped two straight since a season-high three-game winning streak. Ruggiano is 6 for 16 (.375) in the last four games, and he's batting .316 (6 for 19) with two home runs and five RBIs in seven career contests at Citizens Bank Park.

Ex-Phillie Juan Pierre became the 14th major leaguer to steal 600 bases Thursday. In his 14th season, Pierre is the eighth player since 1920 to record at least 1,000 runs, 2,000 hits and 600 steals.

"We got the base for him," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He's a tremendous competitor and has had an amazing career."

Pierre is nine of 10 in stolen bases this season.

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05/03/2013 12:07 AM

Preview: Rays (12-15) at Rockies (17-11)

Game: 1
Venue: Coors Field
Date: May 03, 2013 8:40 PM EDT

While Matt Moore turned heads with superb outing after superb outing last month, cruising through his first start in May likely won't be as easy.

Looking to remain perfect on the season, Moore takes on one of baseball's most potent offenses as the Tampa Bay Rays and Colorado Rockies open a three-game set Friday night at hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Moore (5-0, 1.13 ERA) has been lights out in winning each of his first five starts, posting a major league-leading .121 opponents batting average and the AL's second-lowest ERA.

After allowing one run and striking out nine over a career high-tying eight innings in a 5-1 win over the New York Yankees on April 22, Moore scattered three hits and struck out nine over six innings of one-run ball Saturday in a 10-4 road victory over the Chicago White Sox.

"He's built on each outing," manager Joe Maddon said. "I know the last game he pitched eight (innings), but he has been just as good and maybe a little bit better."

The emerging left-hander became the sixth pitcher under the age of 24 to go 5-0 in April, joining Fernando Valenzuela, Babe Ruth, Greg Swindell, Dwight Gooden and Dontrelle Willis. Only Valenzuela posted a lower ERA.

"When he gets a feel for his fastball and knows where it's going, heads up, because he really feels good about the other stuff," Maddon told MLB's official website. "Fastball command makes the world go round for a pitcher. It's getting better, and as it gets better, he's going to get even better beyond the numbers you're seeing right now."

Moore could be in for his stiffest test to date against the NL West-leading Rockies (17-11). Besides hitting a league-best .283, Colorado ranks first with 148 runs and is near the top with 36 homers.

The Rockies have proven especially formidable in Denver, where they've won nine of 12 while batting .311 with runners in scoring position.

Colorado returns home after dropping three of four to Arizona and taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers, including Wednesday's 7-3 win. Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer each had two hits and two RBIs as Colorado overcame a shaky effort from starter Juan Nicasio.

"That's the beauty of having an offense like we have," manager Walt Weiss said. "We can outslug some things. You can't do that all the time, but we have the capability. ... We can hit with anybody."

The Rockies' bullpen has also come up big, allowing three unearned runs and striking out 33 over 30 2-3 innings over the last eight games.

"Our bullpen is throwing the ball really well," Weiss added. "If our starting pitching can give us a chance, with the way our bullpen is throwing and the way our offense can score runs, we're going to win some games."

The Rockies now turn to Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.29), against whom opponents are batting .348. The left-hander had gone 0-2 with a 12.60 ERA over his previous three starts before allowing two runs and four hits over five innings Saturday in a 3-2, 10-inning loss at Arizona.

Francis is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA over two starts versus Tampa Bay (12-15). While James Loney is 1 for 17 against Francis, he's 22 for 42 (.524) with a homer and nine RBIs over his last 14 games.

The Rays dropped back-to-back games at Kansas City before Thursday's series finale was postponed due to weather. They are 4-11 on the road, their poorest start since opening a franchise-worst 4-28 in 2005.

Tampa Bay is 2-7 at Colorado but hasn't visited since 2009.

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05/03/2013 12:14 AM

Preview: Diamondbacks (15-13) at Padres (11-17)

Game: 1
Venue: PETCO Park
Date: May 03, 2013 10:10 PM EDT

After being swept in their last series, the Arizona Diamondbacks have few things to blame other than suspect relief pitching. They'll hope the bullpen will have patched up its struggles prior to meeting the upstart San Diego Padres Friday night in the opener of a three-game set at Petco Park.

The Diamondbacks (15-13) squandered a lead in each contest while losing three straight at home to San Francisco. The bullpen gave up seven hits, seven walks and eight earned runs in six innings during the series.

Wednesday's 9-6 defeat saw Arizona score more than four runs for the first time in eight contests and also marked its major league-leading 10th blown save as David Hernandez surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth. Hernandez walked two before giving up the home run.

"This is a tough time. It's a tough game," manager Kirk Gibson said. "We just have to pick ourselves up."

Thursday marked the Diamondbacks' first off day since April 15, providing a valuable rest for the bullpen - which worked 46 2-3 innings over 16 games in as many days since then.

Heavy work for Arizona's relievers could be necessary again if left-hander Wade Miley (2-0, 2.37 ERA) produces an outing similar to his last one. Miley didn't allow a run against Colorado on Saturday but lasted 4 1-3 innings after walking a career-high seven.

He had walked seven in 26 innings over his first four starts and averages 2.3 per nine innings for his career.

"I just didn't have it tonight and that was pretty much the bottom line," said Miley, whose team still managed a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

The Diamondbacks run into a Padres squad that completed a late comeback Thursday to salvage a road split against the Cubs and post its sixth victory in eight games.

Yonder Alonso's pinch-hit bloop single with two outs brought home the first of four runs in an eighth inning that also saw two infield singles and a passed ball, leading to a 4-2 win for the Padres (11-17).

"It's one of those things where, regardless of what the situation is with the outs or what the score is, you can always take advantage of the mental lapses that go on the field," outfielder Kyle Blanks said.

Starting for the Padres will be Jason Marquis (2-2, 4.20), who has also struggled with walks. Marquis issued four in three of his five starts, including Sunday against San Francisco. He still limited the Giants to two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings to pick up the victory.

Marquis and Miley will look to shake off recent history against each other's teams, as Marquis is 0-4 with a 6.39 ERA in his last seven starts against Arizona while Miley is 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA in four starts versus San Diego.

Martin Prado is 13 for 33 (.394) in his last eight games against the Padres, while Chris Denorfia is hitting .433 in his last nine versus the Diamondbacks.

Nick Hundley is riding a seven-game hitting streak with six RBIs, but he's 1 for 17 over his last six against Arizona.

San Diego was the only NL West team the Diamondbacks posted a sub-.500 record against in 2012, with the Padres winning 11 of 18 meetings.

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05/03/2013 12:16 AM

Preview: Dodgers (13-14) at Giants (16-12)

Game: 1
Venue: AT&T Park
Date: May 03, 2013 10:15 PM EDT

Clayton Kershaw has routinely mowed down baseball's best hitters since his arrival in the major leagues. His next start could prove to be one of his most challenging - but not because of the competition.

Kershaw will take the mound Friday night for the first time since the death of his father as the Los Angeles Dodgers meet the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a three-game set at AT&T Park.

Kershaw (3-2, 1.73 ERA) was placed on the team's bereavement list Monday as he traveled to his home state of Texas, but he plans be in San Francisco in time for Friday's game.

The left-hander has been dominant in 17 career starts against the Giants, going 9-4 with a 1.29 ERA. He's allowed a total of eight earned runs in his last nine, and pitched a four-hit shutout - while also homering for the game's first run - in a 4-0 opening day win.

Kershaw was dominant again in his latest start for the Dodgers (13-14), throwing eight innings of four-hit ball against the Brewers while striking out 12 in a 2-0 win Sunday. He also didn't issue a walk, a good sign after he gave up five earned runs and eight walks over 10 1-3 innings in his previous two outings.

"It was good to see Kershaw back to his old self," outfielder Carl Crawford said. "He struggled his last two outings, so to get him back on track is a plus for us."

Los Angeles could especially use another strong start from Kershaw as it struggles to find any consistency after splitting its last eight games. The Dodgers were let down Wednesday by Josh Beckett, who gave up five runs in four innings of a 7-3 home loss to the Rockies.

The Giants (16-12), meanwhile, have plenty to feel good about after a three-game road sweep of Arizona that ended a five-game skid. San Francisco trailed in all three contests, with a 9-6 win Wednesday marking the club's ninth come-from-behind victory already this season.

Brandon Belt homered twice in the series with six RBIs, while Pablo Sandoval has hit safely in five straight games while batting .522.

"These guys have been amazing with these comebacks," manager Bruce Bochy said. "They come through when we need them."

The Giants' rotation had a 5.06 ERA in its most recent turn, a stretch they'd like to forget about as they hand the ball to Barry Zito (3-1, 3.29). He has thrown seven scoreless innings in three of his five starts, but couldn't get past the fourth frame in his latest outing.

The left-hander pitched three spotless innings Saturday at San Diego before being charged with six runs - all but one unearned - in the next frame.

"He just couldn't get the last out in the fourth," Bochy said. "That's what killed us. He was cruising until then."

Zito went 3-2 with a 2.64 ERA against the Dodgers last season, posting a 1.93 ERA in three home outings. Matt Kemp went 4 for 8 in their matchups, though, and is a .436 lifetime hitter with three homers off Zito.

The only three Giants hitting better than .200 with more than six at_bats against Kershaw are Marco Scutaro (.357), Angel Pagan (.308) and Sandoval (.303). He's baffled Hunter Pence (1 for 26) and Buster Posey (6 for 36).

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05/03/2013 08:10 AM

Preview: Nationals (15-14) at Pirates (16-12)

Game: 1
Venue: PNC Park
Date: May 03, 2013 7:05 PM EDT

While their injury issues have played a role in their recent slump, the Washington Nationals could get a boost offensively in the opener of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ryan Zimmerman will likely return to the lineup on Friday night as he looks to help the Nationals win their third straight on a seven-game road trip.

After hitting .282 with 25 homers and 95 RBIs in 2012, Zimmerman was batting .226 with one homer and 11 RBIs before suffering a hamstring injury that has forced him to miss the last 14 games.

Without the star third baseman, Washington has scored 37 runs while batting .197 with nine homers.

The Nationals (15-14) scored three times over the first two innings Thursday before coming up empty the rest of the way in a 3-1 victory that gave them a four-game split in Atlanta.

Bryce Harper was able to play after bruising his left shoulder a day earlier, but Jayson Werth could miss this series after leaving for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. Werth had missed the previous two games with a strained right hamstring and bruised left ankle.

Zimmerman, though, is expected to be in the lineup after going 0 for 3 in his final rehab game with High-A Potomac on Wednesday.

"Hopefully, we're getting close to being full strength," manager Davey Johnson told the league's official website. "Zim came through Wednesday's rehab game all right. He's going to work out, and then he will join us on Friday."

Although Zimmerman is batting .375 (24 for 64) in 16 games at PNC Park, he's hitless in six at_bats against Pittsburgh's A.J. Burnett (2-2, 2.83 ERA).

The Pirates (16-12), who have won three straight at home, send the veteran right-hander to the mound as they look to build on a 6-4 trip.

After losing two of his first three starts, Burnett has started to find his groove with a 2-0 record and 2.00 ERA over his last three.

Burnett, who ranks among the major league leaders with 48 strikeouts in 35 innings, allowed two runs and struck out 10 over eight innings as Pittsburgh rallied for a 5-4 win over Washington at PNC Park on May 8.

Adam LaRoche is in the middle of a 2-for-38 slump but has six hits, including a homer and two doubles, in 18 at_bats against Burnett.

Denard Span, who went 3 for 4 with two RBIs on Thursday, is 7 for 21 when facing Burnett.

Washington will counter with left-hander Ross Detwiler (1-2, 2.03), who has given up two runs over 13 innings in a pair of road starts.

He'll try to bounce back from his worst outing of the season as he allowed four runs and a career high-tying 11 hits in five innings of a 5-2 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday.

In his only start at PNC Park, Detwiler surrendered three runs and seven hits over six innings in a 4-2 loss May 9.

Andrew McCutchen is hitting .442 with 10 homers and 21 RBIs in 23 games versus the Nationals and has singled in each of his three at_bats against Detwiler.

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