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Probable Pitchers

Cincinnati Reds @ Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
Anthony DeSclafani, RHP
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    Anthony DeSclafani, last 3 starts
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    Anthony DeSclafani, regular season
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    Anthony DeSclafani, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Career stats

DeSclafani threw a career-high 122 pitches and gave up a career-high 11 hits against the Twins on Tuesday. He was able to work out of several jams until he gave up three runs in the seventh inning.

Doug Fister, RHP
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    Doug Fister, last 3 starts
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    Doug Fister, regular season
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    Doug Fister, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Career stats

In three starts since returning from the disabled list on June 18, Fister has allowed nine earned runs in 18 1/3 innings. In his career against the Reds, the right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA.

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San Diego Padres @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
James Shields, RHP
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    James Shields, last 3 starts
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    James Shields, regular season
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    James Shields, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Career stats

Shields started off July with a loss against the Mariners. The right-hander pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, walking four and striking out seven batters. In June, Shields had a 5.52 ERA in 29 1/3 innings.

A.J. Burnett, RHP
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    A.J. Burnett, last 3 starts
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    A.J. Burnett, regular season
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    A.J. Burnett, last 5 years vs. SD
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Career stats

Burnett improved to 7-3 on Wednesday, holding Detroit to two runs in seven innings. He's been lights-out in every environment this season, but particularly at PNC Park, where he's 2-2 with a 1.29 ERA in seven starts.

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Houston Astros @ Cleveland Indians

, Progressive Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP
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    Dallas Keuchel, last 3 starts
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    Dallas Keuchel, regular season
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    Dallas Keuchel, last 5 years vs. CLE
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Career stats

Keuchel hasn't allowed a run in his last 17 innings, which is the longest streak by an Astros pitcher this year. He's gone at least six innings in 28 consecutive starts, dating to last year, and leads the Majors in innings pitched.

Carlos Carrasco, RHP
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    Carlos Carrasco, last 5 years vs. HOU
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Career stats

Carrasco lasted 8 2/3 no-hit innings against the Rays on Wednesday before flinching in a one-hit, 13-strikeout gem on the road. The righty has gone 6-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 59 strikeouts in his last eight turns (54 IP).

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St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
John Lackey, RHP
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    John Lackey, regular season
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    John Lackey, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Career stats

Lackey is 2-0 against the Cubs this year, having allowed just three runs over 14 2/3 innings in two home starts. He picked up a loss in his only outing at Wrigley Field last year, despite allowing just two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Jon Lester, LHP
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    Jon Lester, last 5 years vs. STL
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Career stats

Lester will make his 10th start at Wrigley Field, and he is looking for his first win since May 16. The lefty is 0-4 in eight starts since then. In his last outing, he threw seven scoreless innings against the Mets, but did not get a decision.

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Atlanta Braves @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Matt Wisler, RHP
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Career stats

Wisler got some quick revenge against the Nationals in his last start, throwing 5 1/3 shutout innings and striking out six batters, thanks largely to a sharp slider. In three starts since being called up, Wisler has posted a 2.60 ERA.

Kyle Lohse, RHP
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Lohse has pitched much better lately than the box scores indicate, good news for a team that may try to trade him later this month. "If you get distracted, you're not doing the things you need to do to win," Lohse said.

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Baltimore Orioles @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
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    Wei-Yin Chen, regular season
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Career stats

Chen is coming off Wednesday's win against the Rangers in which he allowed two runs on four hits and one walk with two strikeouts in eight innings.

Phil Hughes, RHP
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    Phil Hughes, last 5 years vs. BAL
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Career stats

With Ervin Santana's return, Hughes was pushed back a day from his scheduled start. Hughes has been pitching well recently with five straight quality starts.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Alex Colome, RHP
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Colome is trending in the wrong direction. He has not won since May 21, and the Rays are 0-8 in his past eight starts. He's allowed eight runs on 12 hits over his past two outings (13 innings pitched).

Edinson Volquez, RHP
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    Edinson Volquez, last 5 years vs. TB
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Career stats

The Royals have won 11 of 16 games with Volquez starting on the mound, including six of eight at home. He is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in three career games against the Rays.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Mark Buehrle, LHP
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Career stats

Buehrle has allowed two or fewer run in each of his last six starts. He has gone at least seven innings in all but one of those outings and hasn't lost since May 23 against the Mariners.

Chris Sale, LHP
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    Chris Sale, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Career stats

Sale joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in Major League history with eight straight strikeout games by fanning 12 Cardinals in eight innings Tuesday. He has struck out 115 and walked 12 over his last 76 innings.

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Detroit Tigers @ Seattle Mariners

, Safeco Field
Alfredo Simon, RHP
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The right-hander has allowed 18 runs on 29 hits over his last three games, the latest a 15-hit barrage against the Pirates on Wednesday. He's also struggled away from Comerica Park, posting a 5.03 ERA on the road.

Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP
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The 34-year-old returns from a 10-week stint on the DL after starting the year 0-1 with a 6.61 ERA in 3 starts. He was 37-19 with a 2.97 ERA in 77 starts the previous three seasons, including 1-1, 2.35 in four games vs. Detroit.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Sean O'Sullivan, RHP
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O'Sullivan assumes Aaron Harang's spot in the Phillies' rotation with Harang hitting the DL. This means O'Sullivan (1-6, 5.76 ERA) will make this start on six days rest as opposed to the usual four.

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New York Mets @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Jon Niese, LHP
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Niese has pitched well at AT&T Park over the years, posting a 2.53 ERA in six starts there while holding the Giants to a .211 average and .603 OPS. But Niese has had trouble containing catcher Buster Posey, who is a .364 lifetime hitter against him.

Chris Heston, RHP
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This encounter will pit Heston against the club he no-hit on June 9 in New York. In four starts since then, he's 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA.

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