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Probable Pitchers

Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Max Scherzer, RHP
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    Max Scherzer, last 3 starts
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    Max Scherzer, regular season
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    Max Scherzer, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Scherzer has two quality starts in his last six outings, but one was against the Royals, who fell victim to 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball from the AL Cy Young winner on Sept. 9 in Detroit. He hasn't pitched in Kansas City this season.

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. DET
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After allowing zero runs in back-to-back starts, Shields gave up 10 hits and three runs in seven innings of a no-decision against the White Sox last Monday. He surrendered just one run in previous three starts (22 1/3 innings).

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Roberto Hernandez, RHP
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    Roberto Hernandez, last 3 starts
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    Roberto Hernandez, regular season
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    Roberto Hernandez, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Career stats

After beginning his Dodgers career with three quality starts in his first four outings, Hernandez hasn't lasted more than 4 1/3 innings in each of his last three starts. Six of the 16 hits he's surrendered over that span have left the yard.

Felix Doubront, LHP
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    Felix Doubront, last 3 starts
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    Felix Doubront, regular season
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    Felix Doubront, last 5 years vs. LAD
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Career stats

Doubront is coming off a solid outing against the Pirates in which he threw six shutout innings. The lefty felt he was able to apply what pitching coach Chris Bosio has stressed, and that is to throw with conviction and get ahead in the count.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
Jerome Williams, RHP
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    Jerome Williams, last 3 starts
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    Jerome Williams, regular season
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    Jerome Williams, last 5 years vs. OAK
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Career stats

Williams is 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA in seven starts with the Phillies. It included a solid effort Monday against the Padres at Petco Park, where he allowed three hits and one unearned run in 7 2/3 innings in a 1-0 loss.

Drew Pomeranz, LHP
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    Drew Pomeranz, regular season
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    Drew Pomeranz, last 5 years vs. PHI
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Career stats

With Jason Hammel heading home for the birth of his second child, Pomeranz will make a spot start. The left-hander has thrived in a number of roles this season, including a 4-3 record with a 2.85 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in nine starts.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Marcus Stroman, RHP
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    Marcus Stroman, last 3 starts
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    Marcus Stroman, regular season
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    Marcus Stroman, last 5 years vs. NYY
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Career stats

Stroman tied a career high by allowing five earned runs during his last start against the Orioles. He is 9-6 with a 3.31 ERA over 114 1/3 innings after beginning his big league career out of the bullpen. He also has a 3.22 ERA against the AL East.

Chris Capuano, LHP
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    Chris Capuano, last 3 starts
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    Chris Capuano, regular season
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    Chris Capuano, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Career stats

Capuano earned the right to stick in the rotation, limiting the Rays to two hits over six scoreless innings in his last start, on Sept. 15 at Tropicana Field. He has held the Jays to four runs in 12 1/3 innings as a starter this year.

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Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Trevor Cahill, RHP
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    Trevor Cahill, last 5 years vs. COL
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Career stats

After a string of solid starts in August, Cahill has had a rough go of it in his last four outings. He has not pitched more than 5 2/3 innings since Aug. 20, and he has a 9.53 ERA in his last four starts.

Eddie Butler, RHP
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Career stats

Butler will be making his first start in the Majors since surrendering six runs in 5 1/3 innings in his debut against the Dodgers back on June 6. The Rockies' No. 2 prospect has a 3.58 ERA in 18 starts at Double-A this season.

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Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Rubby De La Rosa, RHP
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    Rubby De La Rosa, last 5 years vs. BAL
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Career stats

The righty has struggled on the road this season, going 1-4 with a 5.11 ERA. De La Rosa lost his June 11 start at Camden Yards, giving up seven hits and four runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Chris Tillman, RHP
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    Chris Tillman, regular season
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    Chris Tillman, last 5 years vs. BOS
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Career stats

Tillman's streak of starts allowing three or fewer earned runs hit 19 last time out, and 15 of those have qualified as quality starts. In his last nine starts, the right-hander has posted a 1.70 ERA.

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Milwaukee Brewers @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Matt Garza, RHP
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Career stats

Garza has gradually worked back to full strength since a month-long stint on the DL. He's worked three innings, four innings and six innings in his three starts so far, and should be back to the 100-pitch mark now.

Edinson Volquez, RHP
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    Edinson Volquez, last 5 years vs. MIL
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Volquez is 2-1 vs. the Brewers this season and has improved his career record against NL Central teams to 27-12 -- accounting for 42 percent of his total wins. He is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA over his last eight starts.

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Chicago White Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Hector Noesi, RHP
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    Hector Noesi, last 5 years vs. TB
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Career stats

Noesi will be making his 26th start and is looking to finish strong after throwing 160 1/3 innings thus far. Opponents are hitting .271 against Noesi, and he has struck out 117 and walked 51.

Chris Archer, RHP
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Archer allowed one run on three hits while walking three and striking out nine in Toronto on Sunday en route to his 10th win of the season. He is 4-5 with a 4.32 ERA in 14 starts at Tropicana Field this season.

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Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
T.J. House, LHP
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The Indians skipped over House's turn in the rotation in Houston due to matchups, and he finally gets a chance to extend his streak of seven-plus innings and one run or less over three straight starts.

Trevor May, RHP
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After a shaky start to his career, May has picked up three straight victories. The right-hander was solid his last time out, giving up three runs over six innings against the White Sox, while striking out 10.

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New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves

, Turner Field
Jon Niese, LHP
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Niese turned in one of his better second-half games on Sunday against the Nats, allowing two runs in seven innings for his second straight quality start. The lefty has held Atlanta to four runs in 13 1/3 innings (2.70 ERA) across two games in 2014.

Mike Minor, LHP
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Minor had notched six straight impressive starts before he was unable to escape Sunday's fifth inning in Texas. The lefty has gained a feel for his sinker and benefited from the counts he's encountered with improved command.

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Seattle Mariners @ Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Chris Young, RHP
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Career stats

Young pitched well in his last outing but came up short in a 4-0 loss to the A's as he allowed two runs in six-plus innings. The veteran has been one of baseball's best comeback stories this year, but is 0-2 with a 5.88 ERA over his last 4 starts.

Dallas Keuchel, LHP
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The ace lefty enters needing eight innings to reach 200 for the first time in his career, which is his goal. In his last six starts, he's 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. The Astros are 5-1 in his last six starts.

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Washington Nationals @ Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
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Washington had won seven straight of Zimmermann's starts against the Fish until Miami beat him on May 28 and July 28. Since he last faced them, he's gone 6-0 with a 2.11 ERA. He beat the Mets on Sunday with 6 2/3 scoreless and five strikeouts.

Jarred Cosart, RHP
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    Jarred Cosart, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Career stats

Cosart continues to impress. In his last start, he overcame two runs allowed in the first inning at New York and ended up striking out five in six innings in a no-decision. He is 3-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his last six starts.

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Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Mike Leake, RHP
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Leake crossed the 200-inning mark for the first time in his career in a loss Sunday at Milwaukee. Citing the feeling of a dead arm, Leake struggled with command and location, yanking his pitches out of the strike zone.

Michael Wacha, RHP
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Wacha will be pitching after a 10-day layoff that was built in after growing concerns about the lack of command he showed upon returning from a right shoulder injury. Wacha should be free to push toward 90 pitches if all goes right.

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San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Yusmeiro Petit, RHP
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Petit's control remains remarkable. He struck out 47 batters and walked one in his previous 10 outings, four of which were starts. Last Sunday against Los Angeles, he threw 21 first-pitch strikes to the 26 batters he faced.

Andrew Cashner, RHP
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Cashner needed just 92 pitches to dispense with the Phillies as he tossed his second shutout of the season last time out. He struck out seven and walked one and was in complete control. He shut out the Tigers on a one-hitter in April.

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Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Colby Lewis, RHP
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    Colby Lewis, last 5 years vs. LAA
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Lewis has lost three straight starts to the Angels and is 1-3 with an 8.57 ERA in four outings against them. Lewis is 4-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 11 starts since the All-Star break. He is 7-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 12 starts on the road.

Jered Weaver, RHP
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Weaver was scratched from his scheduled start Thursday, one day after the Angels clinched the AL West. Reentering the rotation in Matt Shoemaker's spot lines him up to start the last Friday of the regular season and then Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 2.

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