Yu the man in Texas

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Angels at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. EDT The Texas Rangers' Yu Darvish has mainly struggled in his three starts since the All-Star break but he had an effective performance against the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander will try to produce another such outing Wednesday night while denying the Angels their first three-game win streak in a little more than a month. Darvish (11-7, 4.05 ERA) was among the final players to make the AL roster for the All-Star game but … [Read more...]

Strasburg favored over Lee

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Philadelphia (45-57) at Washington (61-40), 7:05 p.m. EDT The Philadelphia Phillies haven't been in last place this late in a season in nearly 10 years, finding themselves in an unfamiliar position at the non-waiver trade deadline after winning the last five NL East titles. Stephen Strasburg and the division-leading Washington Nationals aren't exactly used to their current standing, either. Washington will send Strasburg to the mound Tuesday night seeking a 14th … [Read more...]

First place Dodgers host D’backs

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Arizona (51-50) at Los Angeles (55-47), 10:10 p.m. EDT The Los Angeles Dodgers are back in first place in the NL West. The Arizona Diamondbacks, though, aren't going away. The Dodgers open a three-game series at home against the Diamondbacks on Monday night. Los Angeles swept San Francisco in a three-game series over the weekend, recording back-to-back shutouts, including a 4-0 win Sunday, to move into a tie with the Giants atop the division. Besides climbing … [Read more...]

Zambrano slumping

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Washington (50-35) at Miami (42-45), 7:10 p.m. EDT Carlos Zambrano's teams have never lost seven straight of his starts over his 12-year career. The Miami Marlins look to help Zambrano avoid that fate Monday night while also hoping their bats break out as they seek a four-game home split with the Washington Nationals. Zambrano (4-7, 4.20 ERA) is 0-4 with an 8.00 ERA in his last six outings. It matches his longest career winless run with the Cubs from Aug. … [Read more...]

Reds go for sweep of Cards

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St. Louis (46-41) at Cincinnati (48-38), 8:05 p.m. EDT The All-Star break hasn't seemed to slow down the NL Central-leading Cincinnati Reds. If they are to extend their winning streak to six and complete a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night, though, they'll need to do it without their ace. Johnny Cueto was scheduled to start, but following Saturday's 3-2, 10-inning victory, the Reds (49-38) announced their 10-game winner would be … [Read more...]