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Probable Pitchers

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
Alex Wood, LHP
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    Alex Wood, last 3 starts
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Wood has eclipsed the 100-pitch mark in back-to-back starts but managed to give up only three earned runs in 12 innings between the two outings. He has surrendered leadoff homers in the first inning of two of his three starts.

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. ATL
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Burnett learned Monday he has an inguinal hernia, but he said he plans to pitch with the injury the remainder of the season. He has walked 14 in 16 innings so far, which is a ratio that must improve.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Danny Salazar, RHP
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    Danny Salazar, regular season
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    Danny Salazar, last 5 years vs. DET
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Salazar will look to bounce back from a rough start against the White Sox on Thursday, when he gave up five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. He did strike out 10, but will have to better harness his command in order to go deeper into games.

Justin Verlander, RHP
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    Justin Verlander, last 3 starts
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    Justin Verlander, regular season
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    Justin Verlander, last 5 years vs. CLE
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The Tigers moved Verlander up to pitch on his regular rest and got the bonus of pitting him against an Indians lineup he beat three times in five starts last year. He beat the Padres with seven innings of two-run ball Saturday.

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
R.A. Dickey, RHP
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    R.A. Dickey, regular season
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    R.A. Dickey, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Dickey gave up two costly home runs and was dealt a loss in his last outing against the Astros. The 39-year-old knuckleballer struggled with home runs in 2013. His 35 were the second-most allowed by any pitcher in the Major Leagues last year.

Kyle Gibson, RHP
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    Kyle Gibson, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Gibson will look to build off two impressive starts to begin 2014. In his last outing against the Royals, he overcame a challenging first inning -- allowing just one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn his second victory.

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Dustin McGowan, RHP
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McGowan won his first game in six years last Friday in a 2-0 victory over the Orioles. He threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings, as the Jays won despite getting only three hits.

Mike Pelfrey, RHP
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Pelfrey had trouble in his last start, giving up six runs on nine hits and four walks in just five innings against Oakland. Pelfrey, looking for a bounce-back year, is aiming to improve his pace on the mound.

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Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers

, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Erasmo Ramirez, RHP
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Ramirez should be happy facing a team other than the A's. After a seven-inning, two-run debut against the Angels on April 1, Ramirez lost his next two starts to Oakland, yielding eight runs, 13 hits and six walks over nine innings combined.

Tanner Scheppers, RHP
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Scheppers gave up seven runs in four innings on Opening Day, but has a 5.25 ERA in his last two starts. He has a 1.69 ERA in 11 career relief appearances against the Mariners. He has a career 4.58 ERA at home.

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Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
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After a rough outing against the Giants, Ryu rebounded to shut down the D-backs again. He didn't get a lot of defensive help when lasting only two innings against S.F., and that's not the best opponent matchup for him.

Madison Bumgarner, LHP
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    Madison Bumgarner, last 5 years vs. LAD
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There will be plenty of focus on Bumgarner's at-bats along with his pitching, as he hit a grand slam and drove home five runs in his last start. In four starts against the Dodgers in 2013, Bumgarner went 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.64 WHIP.

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Colorado Rockies vs. San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Franklin Morales, LHP
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Morales has labored with high pitch counts and traffic on the bases in his two starts, but he has managed to 5 1/3 and 6 1/3 innings, respectively, and kept the club close each time. Morales' last appearance was one relief inning.

Ian Kennedy, RHP
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Kennedy scuffled early in his last start against the Tigers, allowing all four of his runs in the first four innings. He had a season-best seven strikeouts and his changeup was the best its been thus far. That's an encouraging sign for him.

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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Yovani Gallardo, RHP
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Gallardo allowed his first runs of the season in his last go-round, also against the Pirates, and left with a no-decision after permitting two runs in six frames. He's incurred just one loss in his last 12 starts.

Edinson Volquez, RHP
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Volquez comes off consecutive starts of at least 5 2/3 innings without allowing more than one earned run for first time since mid-2012. Pitching from the stretch during pregame warmup routine has helped him avoid big innings.

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
Adam Wainwright, RHP
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Wainwright allowed more runs (four) in his last start than he did in his first two combined (two), but still finished seven innings -- as he has in all three of his starts. His last outing was the first in which Wainwright did not issue a walk.

Taylor Jordan, RHP
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Jordan allowed five runs on 10 hits over five innings in a loss to the Braves in his last start. He struck out five and walked two. His first two starts of 2014 came against Atlanta. This will be his first time facing the Cardinals.

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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
CC Sabathia, LHP
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Sabathia has been running into a habit of struggling in one bad inning this season. The Yankees were thrilled by his first five innings against the Red Sox on April 11, but he then allowed two homers in a four-run frame.

David Price, LHP
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Price held the Reds to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out 10 in 8 1/3 innings Friday night to move to 2-0. Price might have gone the distance had he not misread catcher Jose Molina's signal on a Joey Votto homer in the ninth.

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Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Jon Lester, LHP
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The power lefty has pitched well in all three of his starts, giving up two earned runs each time out. Lifetime at U.S. Cellular Field, Lester is 4-3 with a 4.20 ERA in seven starts.

Chris Sale, LHP
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Sale certainly didn't have his best stuff Friday night against the Indians, lasting only five innings and allowing three runs on six hits. But based on the way Cleveland roughed him up last year, it was actually a successful effort. Sale fanned five.

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Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
James Shields, RHP
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Shields had a rough time against the Twins on Saturday, giving up seven runs (one earned) in the first two innings, but hanging on into the sixth and 115 pitches. Because of two errors (one his own), his ERA actually dipped from 2.70 to 2.37.

Scott Feldman, RHP
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Feldman has been solid in three starts, going 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA. He's coming off his best outing, throwing seven scoreless innings Friday in Arlington. He leads the Majors in WAR (1.4) and opponent's batting average (.106).

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