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Friday’s games
National League
Diamondbacks (41-33) @ Pirates (36-38)
Corbin is 1-2, 6.46 in his last four starts; over is 6-2 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 8-7
5-inning record: 7-3-5. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-15

Nova is 2-0, 1.54 in his last two starts; under is 4-0-1 in his last five. Team in his starts: 7-6.
5-inning record: 7-2-4. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-13

Arizona lost three of its last five games; over is 6-2-1 in their last nine road games. Pittsburgh won four of its last seven games; under is 4-2 in their last six games.

Phillies (39-33) @ Nationals (40-33)
Eflin is 3-0, 1.93 in his last three starts (under 3-0). Team in his starts: 5-3.
5-inning record: 6-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-8

Roark is 1-2, 5.16 in his last four starts; under is 8-2 in his last ten. Team in his starts: 5-9.
5-inning record: 4-8-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-14

Phillies won four of their last five games; they’re 4-8 in road series openers. Over is 9-3 in their last 12 games. Nationals are 7-11 in their last 18 games; they’re 7-5 in home series openers- under is 4-1 in their last five games.

Cubs (42-30) @ Reds (29-45)
Quintana is 1-1, 1.59 in his last four starts; over is 5-3 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 9-5
5-inning record: 7-6-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-14

Castillo is 0-4, 7.40 in his last four starts; under is 5-2-2 in his last nine. Team in his starts: 6-9
5-inning record: 6-9. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-15

Cubs lost four of last six road games; Chicago’s last five games stayed under. Reds won their last four games; over is 6-2-1 in their last nine home games.

Dodgers (38-35) @ Mets (31-41)
Wood is 1-1, 8.15 in his last four starts; over is 3-1-1 in his last five. Team in his starts: 7-7
5-inning record: 4-7-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-14

Wheeler is 0-1, 4.11 in his last five starts; over is 7-4 in his last 11. Team in his starts: 4-9
5-inning record: 3-9-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-13

Dodgers lost three of last four games; they’re 6-5 in road series openers. Under is 7-0 in their last seven games. Mets are 7-22 in their last 29 games, 6-6 in home series openers. Under is 6-0 in their last six home games.

Cardinals (38-35) @ Brewers (44-30)
Flaherty is 2-0, 0.79 in his last two starts; under is 5-2 in his last seven. Team in his starts: 5-4.
5-inning record: 6-1-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-9

Guerra is 0-2, 3.64 in his last three starts; under is 5-1 in his last six. Team in his starts: 6-7
5-inning record: 5-6-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-13

Cardinals lost seven of their last nine games; over is 7-3-1 in their last 11 road games. Brewers won four of last six home games; under is 5-3 in their last eight games.

Marlins (29-46) @ Rockies (37-38)
Chen is 1-1, 7.16 in his last four starts (over 3-0-1). Team in his starts: 5-5
5-inning record: 6-4. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-10

Gray is 1-2, 7.92 in his last four starts; over is 5-1 in his last six. Team in his starts: 6-9
5-inning record: 7-7-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-15

Marlins lost three of their last four games, are 5-2 in last seven road series openers. Over is 6-1-1 in their last eight games. Colorado won its last three games; over is 17-2 in their last 19 games. Rockies are 3-8 in home series openers.

Padres (34-43) @ Giants (38-38)
Richard is 3-0, 3.00 in his last four starts; under is 6-2 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 8-7.
5-inning record: 5-10. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-15

Stratton is 5-1, 4.26 in his last seven starts; under is 4-1 in his last five. Team in his starts: 11-4.
5-inning record: 8-6-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 6-15

San Diego lost its last five games; under is 10-2 in their last 12 road games. Giants won four of their last five games; over is 5-2 in their last seven home games.

American League
New York (50-22) @ Tampa Bay (34-40)
Sabathia is 2-1, 2.21 in his last three starts; under is 3-1 in his last four. Team in his starts: 7-7.
5-inning record: 6-5-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-14

Bullpen games all weekend for the Rays. Team in bullpen games: 9-12. (under 11-9-1)
5-inning record: 9-8-4. Allowed run in 1st inning: 7-21

New York won seven of its last nine games; they’re 8-4 in road series openers. Under is 8-0 in their last eight road games. Tampa Bay lost five of its last seven games; they’re 5-5 in home series openers. Under is 8-1 in their last nine games.

Mariners (46-29) @ Red Sox (50-26)
LeBlanc is 3-0, 2.02 in his last four starts (under 6-2-1). Team in his starts: 7-2
5-inning record: 5-2-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-9

Wright is 1-1, 0.44 in his last three starts (under 3-0). Team in his starts: 2-1
5-inning record: 1-1-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-3

Seattle lost its last four games; they’re 8-5 in road series openers. Over is 6-2-1 in their last nine road games. Red Sox lost four of their last six games; under is 11-5 in their last 16 games.

Tigers (36-39) @ Indians (40-33)
Fiers is 1-0, 2.66 in his last four starts (under 4-0). Team in his starts: 9-4
5-inning record: 6-5-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-13

Bieber is 1-0, 3.97 in two starts (over 1-1). Team in his starts: 2-0.
5-inning record: 2-0. Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-2

Tigers won five of their last seven games, are 4-8 in road series openers. Under is 10-2 in their last 12 road games. Cleveland won its last four games; they’re 6-7 in home series openers. Under is 6-3-1 in their last ten games.

Royals (22-52) @ Astros (50-26)
Duffy is 1-1, 4.50 in his last four starts; over is 9-3 in his last 12. Team in his starts: 4-11.
5-inning record: 5-9-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 6-15

Keuchel is 1-2, 6.75 in his last five starts; over is 5-0-1 in his last six. Team in his starts: 7-8.
5-inning record: 4-8-3. Allowed run in 1st inning: 6-15

Royals lost their last nine games; they’re 3-8 in road series openers. Under is 10-4 in their last 14 games. Houston is 13-1 in its last 14 games; they’re 7-5 in home series openers. Over is 6-2 in their last eight home games.

A’s (38-36) @ White Sox (24-49)
Bassitt is 0-2, 5.73 in two starts this year (over 1-1). Team in his starts: 0-2.
5-inning record: 0-2 Allowed run in 1st inning: 1-2

Manaea is 1-0, 3.38 in his last three starts; over is 5-2 in his last seven. Team in his starts: 8-7.
5-inning record: 5-8-2 Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-15

Giolito is 1-3, 8.75 in his last five starts (under 8-6). Team in his starts: 5-9.
5-inning record: 3-10-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-14

Shields is 1-4, 4.64 in his last five starts; under is 9-1-1 in his last 11. Team in his starts: 5-10.
5-inning record: 5-9-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 5-15

A’s won their last four games; they’re 7-2 in last nine road series openers. Seven of last eight Oakland games went over the total. White Sox lost their last seven games; under is 15-2-2 in their last 19 games. Chicago is 4-7 in home series openers.

Rangers (32-44) @ Twins (33-38)
Minor is 1-2, 5.28 in his last five start 9under 4-1). Team in his starts: 6-7
5-inning record: 3-8-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 7-13

Romero is 1-0, 4.80 in his last three starts; over is 3-1 in his last four. Team in his starts: 5-4.
5-inning record: 4-3-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 6-9 (6 of last 6)

Rangers won their last five games; they’re 3-9 in road series openers. Under is 8-1 in their last nine road games. Minnesota won four of its last six games; they’re 6-7 in home series openers. Under is 6-3-1 in their last ten home games.

Blue Jays (34-40) @ Angels (40-35)
Estrada is 2-0, 1.45 in his last three starts; under is 6-2 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 7-7
5-inning record: 5-5-4. Allowed run in 1st inning: 2-14

Lamb allowed two runs in five IP (88 PT) in his first ’18 start. Team in his starts: 0-1 Over 1-0.
5-inning record: 1-0. Allowed run in 1st inning: 0-1

Toronto lost nine of its last ten road games; over is 5-1 in their last six games. Angels lost seven of their last ten games; over is 7-0-1 in their last eight games.

Interleague
Orioles (21-52) @ Braves (43-30)
Cobb is 1-4, 7.90 in his last five starts; over is 4-2-1 in his last seven. Team in his starts: 2-10
5-inning record: 2-9-1. Allowed run in 1st inning: 4-12

Newcomb is 3-1, 2.59 in his last four starts; under is 5-3 in his last eight. Team in his starts: 9-5
5-inning record: 9-3-2. Allowed run in 1st inning: 3-14

Baltimore lost 11 of its last 13 games; under is 9-3 in their last 12 road games. Orioles are 4-8 in road series openers. Braves won six of their last eight games; they’re 7-4 in home series openers. Under is 9-2 in their last 11 home games.

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Preview: Athletics at White Sox (Game 1)
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Jun 21, 2018

The Oakland Athletics have matched their season-best winning streak of four games as they enter a doubleheader with the host Chicago White Sox on Friday. While Oakland is enjoying a good run, the White Sox have equaled their longest slide of the campaign with seven straight losses entering the four-game series.

The teams are playing a doubleheader after Thursday's series opener was postponed by rain. The Athletics have scored 28 runs during their winning streak and put on an impressive power display by hitting five homers in Wednesday's 12-4 drubbing of San Diego. Chicago has allowed 41 runs during its skid and was hammered 24-5 by Cleveland in a three-game road set earlier this week. The seven-game losing streak is the third of the year for the White Sox, who are a season-worst 25 games below .500.

TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, NBCS California (Oakland), NBCS Chicago

PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics LH Sean Manaea (6-6, 3.56 ERA) vs. White Sox RH James Shields (2-8, 4.63)

Manaea defeated the Los Angeles Angels in his last turn after being winless in his previous five starts. The 26-year-old has served up at least one homer in each of his last nine turns and has allowed 14 blasts in 15 starts after giving up 18 in 29 outings last season. Manaea, who never has faced the White Sox, is 3-2 with a 3.48 ERA in seven road starts this year.

Shields has lost eight of his last nine decisions after winning his first start of the season. The 36-year-old has worked at least six innings in each of his last 11 outings and 13 of 15 overall. Shields lost in relief at Oakland earlier this season to fall to 6-7 with a 4.86 ERA in 19 career appearances (18 starts) against the Athletics.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Athletics scored 30 runs in a three-game home sweep of the White Sox in April.

2. Chicago SS Tim Anderson is batting .175 with 22 strikeouts this month.

3. Oakland DH Khris Davis (stomach illness) is expected back in the lineup after a one-game absence.

PREDICTION: Athletics 7, White Sox 5
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Preview: Phillies at Nationals
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Jun 22, 2018

Odubel Herrera and the Philadelphia Phillies look to continue their hot streaks when they visit the Washington Nationals for the opener of a three-game series Friday night in a battle for second place in the National League East. Herrera boasts multiple hits in five of his last seven games and has homered in four straight for the Phillies, who have won four of their last five contests.

Herrera, who is 9-for-17 in his last four outings, is just one of several Philadelphia regulars warming up as Rhys Hoskins is 9-for-21 during a five-game hitting streak and Cesar Hernandez has hit safely in six straight contests. Zach Eflin goes after his fourth consecutive win when he takes the mound for the Phillies against fellow right-hander Tanner Roark, who has given up five homers in his last four outings. Washington, who leads Philadelphia by one-half game in the NL East, avoided a series loss to major league-worst Baltimore with a 4-2 victory on Thursday - just its third triumph in the last 10 outings. Nationals rookie Juan Soto continues his standout season with a tie-breaking, two-run double in the eighth inning Thursday and has hit safely in five straight games with four walks in that span.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, NBC 10 (Philadelphia), MASN (Washington)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Zach Eflin (4-2, 3.43 ERA) vs. Nationals RH Tanner Roark (3-7, 3.87)

Eflin extended his unbeaten streak to three at Milwaukee last Saturday when he allowed one run on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts over five innings. The 24-year-old Floridian has limited six of his eight opponents this season to two or fewer earned runs and walked just one each in his last five outings. Eflin, who faces Washington for the first time in his career, is 2-1 with a 3.29 ERA in five road starts in 2018.

Roark permitted four runs on eight hits and two walks at Toronto on Sunday, but earned a no-decision to avoid his second straight setback. The 31-year-old Illinois native owns 10 quality starts in his 14 starts this year, including May 5 when he held Philadelphia to three runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss. Herrera is 13-for-31 with five doubles versus Roark, who is 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA in his career against the Phillies.

WALK-OFFS

1. Washington RF Bryce Harper was 1-for-1 with two walks and a sacrifice fly Thursday from the leadoff spot after going 2-for-32 in his previous nine games.

2. Philadelphia placed INF J.P. Crawford (hand) on the 10-day disabled list, recalled INF Mitch Walding from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and optioned RHP Jake Thompson to the same affiliate.

3. Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon is 9-for-19 with five runs, four doubles and four RBIs during a five-game hitting streak after homering Thursday.

PREDICTION: Nationals 4, Phillies 3
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Preview: Diamondbacks at Pirates
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Jun 22, 2018

Outfielder Jon Jay has proved to be a valuable pickup and looks to continue his latest hot streak when the Arizona Diamondbacks visit the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night for the second of a four-game set. Jay, who was acquired from Kansas City on June 6, had a pair of hits along with two RBIs in Thursday’s 9-3 victory while improving to 17-for-38 in his last nine games after going hitless in his first 12 at-bats with Arizona.

Five-time All-Star Paul Goldschmidt also knocked in a run for the Diamondbacks on Thursday and has been on a tear this month with 29 hits in 64 at-bats over the last 16 games with eight homers and 20 RBIs in that stretch. Left-hander Patrick Corbin goes after his seventh win for National League West-leading Arizona and will face righty Ivan Nova, who can build a three-game winning streak for the first time in 2018. Pittsburgh has dropped back-to-back contests after running off four victories in five games to reach the .500 mark and is 1-5 in its last six against the Diamondbacks - dating back to last season. Rookie outfielder Austin Meadows had three hits in Thursday’s loss and is 6-for-14 over his last four contests for the Pirates to raise his batting average to .340.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS Arizona, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

PITCHING MATCHUP: Diamondbacks LH Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.48 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Ivan Nova (4-5, 4.42)

Corbin has struggled in his last two starts, allowing 10 runs on 15 hits and five walks across 11 1/3 innings with a total of 12 strikeouts. The 28-year-old New Yorker surrendered three or fewer runs in his first eight starts of 2018 and accomplished that feat just three times in his last seven outings, losing three of his past five decisions. Gregory Polanco is 4-for-8 with a homer versus Corbin, who is 1-2 with a 5.90 ERA in five career games against the Pirates.

Nova was victorious in his last two appearances, permitting one run in each while allowing nine hits and five walks combined with 11 strikeouts over 11 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old Dominican had lost his previous four decisions over a five-start stretch, yielding 20 earned runs across 23 2/3 innings combined. Goldschmidt is 4-for-9 with two homers and a double against Nova, who is 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in three career starts versus Arizona.

WALK-OFFS

1. Pittsburgh CF Starling Marte recorded his 800th hit along with the 300th RBI of his career Thursday and is batting .339 all time against Arizona.

2. Arizona optioned RHP Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno on Thursday and recalled RHP Jake Barrett.

3. Pirates 3B Colin Moran has hit safely in eight consecutive games with a pair of homers and four RBIs in that stretch.

PREDICTION: Diamondbacks 4, Pirates 3
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Preview: Mariners at Red Sox
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Jun 21, 2018

The Boston Red Sox struggled to score runs for most of their road trip but come home on a high note after breaking out with the bats and avoiding a sweep at Minnesota on Thursday. The Red Sox will try to keep that momentum going at home when they host the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.

Boston dropped four of the last six on a 10-game trip, including two in Seattle, and failed to score more than two runs in half of those 10 contests but made an exception on Thursday when Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi homered among 16 hits in a 9-2 rout. "We needed some guys to swing it," Betts told reporters. "We got some guys rolling and we hit with some guys on base, so, yeah, we did a good job today." The Mariners did not get off to a great start on a brutal trip through the American League East and were swept in three games at the New York Yankees. Seattle is hoping to keep Wade LeBlanc undefeated when he goes up against Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright on Friday.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, ROOT Northwest (Seattle), NESN (Boston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Mariners LH Wade LeBlanc (3-0, 2.63 ERA) vs. Red Sox RH Steven Wright (2-1, 1.23)

LeBlanc is 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA in nine starts since joining the rotation and had no trouble shutting down Boston at home on Saturday. The veteran struck out nine and did not walk a batter while scattering two hits across 7 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his third win. LeBlanc, who is making his second career start at Fenway Park, has yet to allow more than three runs in a start.

Wright put together his third straight outstanding start on Saturday while going up against LeBlanc but came out on the losing end of the 1-0 final. The knuckleballer held Detroit and Baltimore scoreless in his first two starts after joining the rotation but surrendered his first run as a starter on five hits in seven innings at Seattle. Wright worked at least 6 2/3 innings in each of his first three starts.

WALK-OFFS

1. Mariners OF Guillermo Heredia is 0-for-14 over his last eight games.

2. Betts is 5-for-10 in the last two games after going 3-for-18 in the previous five contests.

3. Seattle placed RHPs Juan Nicasio (knee) and Dan Altavilla (elbow) on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday.

PREDICTION: Red Sox 6, Mariners 2
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Preview: Athletics at White Sox (Game 2)
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Jun 21, 2018

The Oakland Athletics have matched their season-best winning streak of four games as they enter a doubleheader with the host Chicago White Sox on Friday. While Oakland is enjoying a good run, the White Sox have equaled their longest slide of the campaign with seven straight losses entering the four-game series.

The teams are playing a doubleheader after Thursday's series opener was postponed by rain. The Athletics have scored 28 runs during their winning streak and put on an impressive power display by hitting five homers in Wednesday's 12-4 drubbing of San Diego. Chicago has allowed 41 runs during its skid and was hammered 24-5 by Cleveland in a three-game road set earlier this week. The seven-game losing streak is the third of the year for the White Sox, who are a season-worst 25 games below .500.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, NBCS California (Oakland), NBCS Chicago

PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Chris Bassitt (0-2, 2.45 ERA) vs. White Sox RH Lucas Giolito (4-7, 7.19)

Bassitt, who is making his third start of the season for Oakland, is just 2-13 all-time in 31 career appearances (25 starts). The 29-year-old lasted just four innings in his last outing as he gave up six runs - two earned - and seven hits in a loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Bassitt came away without a decision in his lone career start against the White Sox after allowing four runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 frames on April 5, 2016.

Giolito has dropped three of his last four decisions and has an unsightly 8.75 ERA over his past five outings. The 23-year-old has served up seven homers during the stretch after allowing just four over his first nine turns. Giolito, who never has faced Oakland, has struggled at home as he is 1-4 with a 11.05 ERA in seven starts at Guaranteed Rate Field.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Athletics scored 30 runs in a three-game home sweep of the White Sox in April.

2. Chicago SS Tim Anderson is batting .175 with 22 strikeouts this month.

3. Oakland DH Khris Davis (stomach illness) is expected back in the lineup after a one-game absence.

PREDICTION: Athletics 8, White Sox 2
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Preview: Yankees at Rays
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Jun 21, 2018

The New York Yankees moved in front of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East this week by pulling off a dramatic three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners and are showing no sign that they have any interest in slipping back to the pack. The Yankees will try to record their 18th win in 22 contests and fifth straight when they kick off a six-game road trip by visiting the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

New York recovered from a 5-0 deficit to walk off with a 7-5 win on Wednesday and smashed a pair of first-inning homers to spark a 4-3 win in Thursday's finale, bringing the club to 50 wins. "We've obviously played well and racked up a lot of wins, but you also realize every night how precious those wins are and how hard they are to come by, I don't care who we're playing," Yankees manager Aaron Boone told reporters. "But when you look at it, it is, I think, gratifying to know that we've played pretty well against some of the elite teams and some of the hot teams. I think it just speaks to what we believe our team is capable of, and the confidence these guys have no matter who the opponent is." The Rays are not playing quite as well against teams at the top of the standings and are 2-5 while playing New York and Houston over the last seven games. Tampa Bay will try to grab the upper hand on Friday behind right-hander Ryne Stanek while the Yankees send lefty CC Sabathia to the mound.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, WPIX (New York), FS Sun (Tampa Bay)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.30 ERA) vs Rays RH Ryne Stanek (1-1, 2.21)

Sabathia absorbed a loss at home against Tampa Bay on Sunday, when he was charged with three runs on 10 hits over 7 2/3 innings. The 37-year-old, who struck out a season-high 10 in the loss on Sunday, allowed three or fewer earned runs in each of his last four outings. Sabathia made two starts at Tropicana Field last season and won both while yielding a total of one earned run and seven hits across 10 innings.

The Rays continue to go the unconventional route by using a reliever in a starting role, and Stanek made that plan look smart the last time he made a start. The 26-year-old needed just 11 pitches to record five outs before handing it over to Jonny Venters in a game Tampa Bay eventually lost to the Astros on Monday. Stanek worked a scoreless inning in relief the next night against Houston, giving him eight consecutive scoreless appearances.

WALK-OFFS

1. Yankees OF Brett Gardner (right knee) could return to the lineup on Friday and avoid a trip to the disabled list.

2. Tampa Bay CF Kevin Kiermaier (thumb) is 0-for-9 in two games since returning from a two-month absence.

3. New York RF Aaron Judge hit his 19th home run on Thursday, snapping a 10-game homer drought.

PREDICTION: Yankees 7, Rays 4
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Preview: Cubs at Reds
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Jun 22, 2018

Until their recent surge, the Cincinnati Reds had the worst record in the National League, but now they’re one of the league’s hottest teams. The Reds aim for a fifth straight victory when they host the Chicago Cubs for the second of a four-game series Friday.


Cincinnati beat the Cubs 6-2 in Thursday’s series opener and is batting .314 as a team with eight homers and 28 runs during its four-game winning streak. The Reds are without a big left-handed bat for at least the first three games of the series with outfielder Scott Schebler going on the bereavement list Thursday, but they got to the Cubs’ pitchers during a six-run sixth inning Thursday. The loss was just the seventh in 22 games for the Cubs, who dropped a game behind Milwaukee in the NL Central. Chicago was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on in the opener, and that has been a recurring problem for what has been a boom-or-bust offense.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, WGN (Chicago), FS Ohio (Cincinnati)


PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Jose Quintana (6-5, 4.06 ERA) vs. Reds RH Luis Castillo (4-8, 5.77)

Quintana has allowed two runs or fewer in four straight starts and five of his last six, but he’s winless in his last three outings. The 29-year-old gave up two runs and four hits over five innings in a 5-0 loss at St. Louis on Sunday. Quintana threw seven innings of one-hit ball in a shutout of the Reds on May 19 and is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three career meetings.

Castillo has lost his last four starts and posted a 6.97 ERA over that span. The 25-year-old has posted only four quality starts in 15 outings this season and has surrendered a National League-high 17 home runs. Castillo pitched well against the Cubs in the first game of a May 19 doubleheader, allowing one run over five innings in a no-decision, and he threw six scoreless frames in his only start against Chicago last season.


WALK-OFFS

1. Cubs RF Jason Heyward is hitting .370 with 10 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs over his past 19 games and has reached base in 13 straight contests.

2. Reds 3B Eugenio Suarez is 12-for-40 with four homers during a career-high 11-game hitting streak.

3. OF Jesse Winker’s grand slam Thursday was the Reds’ sixth of the season, tied with Boston for the most in the majors.


PREDICTION: Cubs 7, Reds 4
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Preview: Tigers at Indians
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Jun 21, 2018

The Cleveland Indians have seen their offense kick it up a notch during their four-game winning streak, highlighted by a 12-run eruption in their last contest. The Indians (40-33) aim to continue their good fortune on Friday when they open a three-game series versus the visiting Detroit Tigers (36-39), who have dropped seven straight in Cleveland.

Jose Ramirez belted a three-run shot in Wednesday's 12-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox, boosting his home-run total to 22 to tie for fourth in Indians' history for the most through the team's first 73 games in a season. The 25-year-old Dominican has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games overall and is 12-for-37 with three homers versus Detroit this season, against which Cleveland has won seven of the 10 encounters. The Tigers moved into second place in the division on the strength of a five-game winning streak before their interleague struggles continued with back-to-back losses to Cincinnati. Detroit owns just a 13-22 mark away from Comerica Park this season and a 6-20 record in its last 26 at Progressive Field.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, SportsTIme Ohio (Cleveland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Mike Fiers (5-3, 4.09 ERA) vs. Indians RH Shane Bieber (1-0, 3.97)

Fiers was left with his second straight no-decision and fourth in five outings last Friday after permitting three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings against the White Sox. The 33-year-old has pitched well versus Cleveland this season, yielding one run on three hits in six innings of a 6-3 victory on May 14 before allowing a run in seven frames of a no-decision on June 9. Jose Ramirez (6-for-16) and Yonder Alonso (6-for-18) have flustered Fiers, although the hurler has done the same to Jason Kipnis (2-for-16) and Edwin Encarnacion (2-for-16).

Recalled from Triple-A Columbus, Bieber secured his first career major-league win on Sunday after allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-1 triumph over Minnesota. "It was hectic," the 23-year-old said of being told about his promotion Saturday evening. "They said go pack what you need and get on the road as soon as possible." Bieber, who is a fourth-round pick of the 2016 draft out of UC Santa Barbara, is battling Adam Plutko for final spot in the rotation as Carlos Carrasco deals with a bruised right elbow.

WALK-OFFS

1. Detroit RF Nicholas Castellanos, who is batting a team-best .302 this season, is just 6-for-37 versus Cleveland this season.

2. Encarnacion is 2-for-21 versus the Tigers this season.

3. Detroit SS Jose Iglesias is 7-for-16 with three RBIs during his four-game hitting streak.

PREDICTION: Indians 6, Tigers 3
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Preview: Dodgers at Mets
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Jun 21, 2018

The Los Angeles Dodgers will attempt to bounce back from their first series loss in over a month when they wrap up a six-game road trip with the first of three against the New York Mets on Friday night. The Dodgers put together an unbeaten streak of nine consecutive series before dropping two of three games at the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers were on a 22-7 tear before scoring a combined one run in the last two games against the Cubs, but manager Dave Roberts was not concerned by the offensive swoon despite stranding 31 runners in the series. "The series could have gone either way," Roberts told reporters. "You're not going to win every series, but going into New York, we feel pretty good about ourselves." The same cannot be said for the Mets, who return home off a 3-7 road trip that culminated in three straight losses at Colorado in which they gave up 26 runs. New York's Brandon Nimmo has hit safely in six consecutive games and has knocked in nine runs during a five-game RBI streak.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network, SportsNet LA (Los Angeles) SNY (New York)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Dodgers LH Alex Wood (2-5, 4.22 ERA) vs. Mets RH Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.82)

Wood won for the first time in nearly a month last Saturday, limiting arch-rival San Francisco to one run and four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He lasted a combined 12 innings over his previous three starts but managed to escape with a pair of no-decisions despite giving up 15 runs and 20 hits over that span. Wilmer Flores is 4-for-13 with a homer off Wood, who is 0-3 with a 3.94 ERA in eight starts versus the Mets.

Wheeler has been pitching markedly better but has nothing to show for it, extending his winless drought to nine starts after settling for a no-decision with six innings of two-run ball at Arizona last time out. It marked the fourth quality start in the last six outings for Wheeler, who is 0-4 since winning at San Diego on April 29. He was rocked by the Dodgers for seven runs in two innings last year.

WALK-OFFS

1. Los Angeles has won nine straight against New York, which has dropped 10 of its last 11 overall at Citi Field.

2. Mets 2B Asdrubal Cabrera did not play Thursday due to a bruised left elbow but is expected back Friday.

3. Dodgers SS-CF Chris Taylor exited Wednesday's game due to left hamstring tightness and is day-to-day.

PREDICTION: Dodgers 4, Mets 3
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Preview: Orioles at Braves
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Jun 21, 2018

The Baltimore Orioles arrive in the Peach State for a three-game interleague series against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, a matchup of two teams on the opposite ends of the baseball spectrum. Baltimore comes to town owning baseball’s worst record at 21-52 and begins the set 29 ½ games out of first place in the American League East, while the Braves – baseball’s biggest surprise so far in 2018 – leads the National League East by three games as they have won six of their last eight.

The Braves lost 90 games each of the last three years but are on pace for a 95-win season, thanks to the emergence of several young players – including Sean Newcomb, who will start the series opener – and outstanding campaigns from veterans like Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman. Atlanta has been great in close games, going 11-5 in one-run contests and winning nine times in its last at-bat. The Orioles are enduring their worst season since finishing 54-107 in 1988, losing for the 11th time in their last 13 games with Thursday’s 4-2 setback at Washington. Right fielder Colby Rasmus returned from the disabled list Thursday and finished 1-for-3 with a solo homer in his first contest since April 6.

TV: 7:35 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Baltimore), FS South (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Alex Cobb (2-9, 7.14 ERA) vs. Braves LH Sean Newcomb (8-2, 2.70)

Cobb signed a four-year deal with the Orioles late in spring training but has endured a miserable first season, posting a 1.71 WHIP while allowing 13.1 hits per nine innings. The 30-year-old has surrendered 14 runs and 18 hits - four homers - over 10 2/3 frames in his last two turns, losses to Toronto and Miami. Cobb, who won his only career start against the Braves in 2012, has received just 3.17 runs of support in his 12 outings this season.

The 25-year-old Newcomb has emerged as a bona fide All-Star candidate in his first full major-league season, entering Thursday third in the NL in wins and hits per nine innings (6.5), and seventh in ERA. The native of Massachusetts rebounded from a rare subpar performance with another gem Saturday at San Diego, giving up two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in six scoreless innings. Newcomb has not allowed an earned run in six of his 14 starts.

WALK-OFFS

1. Baltimore SS Manny Machado finished 1-for-4 Thursday and has recorded at least one hit in 55 of his 72 games this season.

2. Atlanta OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee) is expected to start a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Gwinnett.

3. Orioles 1B Mark Trumbo went deep Thursday, belting his third homer in four games.

PREDICTION: Braves 6, Orioles 1
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Preview: Royals at Astros
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Jun 21, 2018

The Houston Astros' loud bats played a significant role in the club recording a decisive sweep of the Kansas City Royals last weekend. Victorious in 13 of their last 14 contests to reach the 50-win plateau, the Astros (50-26) look to continue their torrid stretch on Friday when they begin a three-game series against the visiting Royals (22-52).

Jose Altuve collected his second three-hit performance of the series against Tampa Bay on Wednesday when he recorded his third career multi-homer performance in a 5-1 victory. The 2017 American League Most Valuable Player reached base five times in last weekend's series versus the Royals and is 8-for-16 in his career against Friday starter Danny Duffy. Kansas City's offense is doing the team no favors, as the reeling Royals batted an AL-worst .188 this month while losing nine straight and 15 of their last 16 games overall. Mike Moustakas belted a leadoff homer in Wednesday's 3-2 setback to Texas to extend his hitting streak to six games.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FS Kansas City, AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Royals LH Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.55 ERA) vs. Astros LH Dallas Keuchel (4-8, 4.15)

Duffy bids for a bit of revenge in the series opener after getting gashed for seven runs on as many hits in six innings of Saturday's 10-2 rout by Houston. The 29-year-old surrendered a three-run shot to Max Stassi in that contest and three free passes for the third straight outing, giving him 17 homers and 40 walks permitted in 82 2/3 innings. While Altuve and Marwin Gonzalez (7-for-14) have battered Duffy, the hurler has flustered Carlos Correa (1-for-12) and Josh Reddick (1-for-7) in their respective encounters.

Keuchel benefited from the Astros' offensive explosion on Saturday to post his first win since May 13 after allowing two runs (none earned) in six innings. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner had yielded 23 runs and 41 hits in his previous five outings, with a disastrous three-homer performance against Seattle resulting in his eighth loss of the season on June 5. Keuchel has flustered Salvador Perez (2-for-21, seven strikeouts) and Alex Gordon (2-for-13), although Cheslor Cuthbert (5-for-9, two homers) has gotten the better of the hurler.

WALK-OFFS

1. Houston INF Alex Bregman enters the series riding a 31-game on-base streak.

2. Gordon reached base five times in the recent set versus the Rangers after going for 1-for-9 with four strikeouts in last weekend's set against the Astros.

3. The Royals will play a regular-season game against Detroit in Omaha (Neb.) during the 2019 season, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday.

PREDICTION: Astros 7, Royals 1
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Preview: Cardinals at Brewers
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Jun 22, 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers have cranked up the bats over the past two weeks and look to post another strong offensive performance when they host the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. The Brewers rolled to a 11-3 win in the opener of a four-game series and have scored nine or more runs in five of their last 12 contests.

Eric Thames drove in three runs while Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar recorded two RBIs apiece to pace Milwaukee's 12-hit attack on Thursday, but center fielder Lorenzo Cain departed with a hamstring injury and is questionable for Friday. Aguilar is in the midst of a six-game hot stretch during which he is 9-for-21 with three homers and 10 RBIs. St. Louis is sliding in the wrong direction with seven setbacks in its last nine games and 10 in the past 16. Matt Carpenter homered in the opener and has gone deep five times with eight RBIs over his last seven contests.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FS Midwest (St. Louis), FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cardinals RH Jack Flaherty (3-2, 2.66 ERA) vs. Brewers LH Junior Guerra (3-5, 2.89)

Flaherty has allowed fewer than two runs in six of his nine starts this season. The 22-year-old has struck out 55 batters in 50 2/3 innings, topped by a career-best 13 in a victory over Philadelphia on May 20. Flaherty is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts against the Brewers, including a no-decision on April 3 in which he gave up one run and six hits with nine strikeouts in five frames.

Guerra is winless in his last six turns despite allowing three runs or fewer in each outing. The 33-year-old is holding opponents to a .220 batting average and has given up fewer than five hits in seven of his 13 turns. Guerra is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA in two starts against the Cardinals this season and 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA in six career outings.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Cardinals made four errors in the series opener to help the Brewers score six unearned runs.

2. Milwaukee LF Ryan Braun (thumb) sat out the opener after undergoing a cryotherapy injection to relieve nerve pain on Wednesday.

3. St. Louis placed Michael Wacha (oblique) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled RHP John Grant from Triple-A Memphis.

PREDICTION: Cardinals 6, Brewers 4
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Preview: Rangers at Twins
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Jun 21, 2018

The Minnesota Twins are looking more like the team that earned a wild card berth last season after back-to-back series wins over Cleveland and Boston, and the team believes it can be better. The Twins will try to keep rolling when they host the Texas Rangers on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Minnesota had chances to sweep the Indians and the Red Sox but fell short in the last game of each series, leaving the team with a sour taste. "Like we were in Cleveland, we were looking to try to find a way to take advantage when you get the first couple," Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters after a 9-2 loss to Boston in the series finale on Thursday. "Two really good teams we couldn't finish it off against. You'll take the four out of six in the big picture, but today you're thinking about sweeping." The Rangers did manage to pull off a sweep in their latest series and come into Minnesota with a five-game winning streak after taking three straight at Kansas City. Texas will send veteran lefty Mike Minor to the mound in Friday's opener while the Twins counter with rookie Fernando Romero.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, FS Southwest (Texas), FS North (Minnesota)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers LH Mike Minor (4-4, 5.35 ERA) vs. Twins RH Fernando Romero (3-2, 4.17)

Minor posted quality starts in each of his last two outings but could not find his way into the win column. The Vanderbilt product struck out six and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over seven innings against Colorado on Saturday but was held out of the decision in a game the Rangers went onto win 5-2. Minor is just 1-2 with an 8.14 ERA in five starts on the road this season.

Romero is struggling to work deep into games and was limited to four innings at Cleveland on Saturday while allowing three runs and six hits - two home runs - in a no-decision. The 23-year-old rookie allowed three or fewer earned runs in eight of his nine outings but completed six innings in only three of those turns. Romero is seeing Texas for the first time in his career and is 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA in four starts at home.

WALK-OFFS

1. Twins CF Byron Buxton (fractured toe) played his third straight rehab game for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday and could return to the majors once he finds his timing at the plate.

2. Texas RHP Chris Martin (calf, knee) could come off the disabled list when eligible on Friday.

3. Minnesota RHP Ervin Santana (finger) is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Friday.

PREDICTION: Twins 4, Rangers 3
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