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Probable Pitchers

Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
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. CHC
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In his best start of the season, Scherzer struck out a season-high nine batters and scattered four hits in seven shutout innings to help guide the Nationals to a 6-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the Cardinals.

John Lackey, RHP
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    John Lackey, last 3 starts
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    John Lackey, regular season
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    John Lackey, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Lackey went eight innings in his last outing, his longest start since last Aug. 15 when he went 8 1/3 against the Marlins. He is six strikeouts shy of 2,000 in his career. He's 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA in four career starts vs. the Nationals.

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Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Rick Porcello, RHP
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    Rick Porcello, last 3 starts
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    Rick Porcello, regular season
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    Rick Porcello, last 5 years vs. NYY
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The sinkerballer is off to the best start of his career. He faces the Yankees for the second consecutive outing. Last time out, Porcello fired seven shutout innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 13 1/3 innings.

Michael Pineda, RHP
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    Michael Pineda, last 3 starts
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    Michael Pineda, regular season
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    Michael Pineda, last 5 years vs. BOS
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Pineda will get another crack at the Red Sox after allowing two runs on five hits in five innings on April 30 at Fenway Park, battling to stay in the game while throwing 106 pitches. Pineda is on a four-start winless streak.

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Oakland Athletics @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Rich Hill, LHP
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    Rich Hill, last 3 starts
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    Rich Hill, last 5 years vs. BAL
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Hill has had a much better time of it on the road than at home this season. He's undefeated away from Oakland this year, with a 0.95 ERA and a .185 opponents' average.

Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP
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    Ubaldo Jimenez, last 5 years vs. OAK
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The O's righty struggled with his command in his last start, a loss to the White Sox. Jimenez lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four walks that resulted in six earned runs.

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ Toronto Blue Jays

, Rogers Centre
Kenta Maeda, RHP
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    Kenta Maeda, last 3 starts
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    Kenta Maeda, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Maeda had his start delayed to Friday so he, instead of the southpaw Alex Wood, could face the Blue Jays and their right-handed sluggers. The Japanese rookie is coming off the first loss of his MLB career, a bump in an otherwise excellent start.

Marcus Stroman, RHP
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    Marcus Stroman, last 5 years vs. LAD
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Stroman will face the Dodgers for the first time. He is coming off a career-best nine strikeouts against the Rays and used four pitches in his arsenal to reach that total. The sinker is his bread and butter, but his six-pitch mix has been key.

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Kansas City Royals @ Cleveland Indians

, Progressive Field
Yordano Ventura, RHP
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    Yordano Ventura, last 5 years vs. CLE
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Ventura takes the hill for the Royals in the series opener with the Indians. The righty is coming off his worst start of the year, lasting only four innings, while walking six and giving up five runs.

Danny Salazar, RHP
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All it took was one slip to hand Salazar the loss in his last outing against the Phillies, despite allowing two runs in seven innings. Striking out eight, he bounced back nicely from his shortest start of the season, April 25 against the Twins.

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Milwaukee Brewers @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Tyler Cravy, RHP
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Cravy makes a spot start for Wily Peralta, who was placed on the paternity list after the birth of a daughter. Cravy will be limited to about 85 pitches, having made just one start at Triple-A before his surprise callup.

Tim Adleman, RHP
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Adleman earned himself another start after a strong impromptu Major League debut on Sunday in place of injured Raisel Iglesias. He worked six-plus innings, yielding two runs on three hits with six strikeouts.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Vince Velasquez, RHP
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Velasquez pitched six scoreless innings Sunday against Cleveland, becoming the only pitcher to have three starts with six or more innings, no runs and three or fewer hits allowed. Opponents have hit just .164 against him.

Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
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Since giving up five runs in five innings on Opening Day, Chen is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He's been a strike-throwing machine, and his ground-ball percentage is 47.3 percent. He has allowed four homers.

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Texas Rangers @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Cole Hamels, LHP
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Hamels went a season-low five innings while allowing four runs in his last start, a no-decision against the Angels.

Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
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Zimmermann’s 5-0 record and 0.55 ERA earned him AL Pitcher of the Month honors for April. Next, he’ll try to become the first Tigers pitcher to win each of his first six starts to begin a season since George Uhle in 1929.

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Arizona Diamondbacks @ Atlanta Braves

, Turner Field
Zack Greinke, RHP
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Greinke is 2-0 in his last three decisions after coming out on the losing end of his first two. He struck out eight and allowed just two runs to Colorado in his latest outing.

Aaron Blair, RHP
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Blair has consistently commanded both his fastball and changeup in his first two career starts. Now, the highly-regarded prospect will get his first look at the D-backs, the club that traded him to Atlanta in December.

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Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Ricky Nolasco, RHP
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Nolasco made one major mistake against the Tigers and paid for it with a three-run homer to knock him from the game. He lasted a season-low 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs in a no-decision.

Mat Latos, RHP
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The right-hander is looking to follow up a tremendous debut month for the White Sox. Latos allowed five earned runs on 18 hits over his last 11 innings, after allowing one earned run on six hits over his first 18 1/3.

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Seattle Mariners @ Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Taijuan Walker, RHP
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Walker is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts, including a win over the Astros on April 25 when he allowed one run with 11 strikeouts in seven innings. The 23-year-old has 29 strikeouts and 3 walks in 30 innings with a 1.03 WHIP.

Doug Fister, RHP
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Fister has improved as the season has progressed and is coming off his best outing of the year, throwing 6 2/3 innings on Sunday in Oakland and allowing one run on seven hits. He lost to Seattle on April 25 despite a quality start.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Francisco Liriano, LHP
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Liriano returned to form Saturday vs. the Reds, striking out six over 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Liriano didn't walk anyone in his first win since Opening Day, when he struck out 10 Cardinals over six scoreless innings.

Carlos Martinez, RHP
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Martinez faded toward the end of his 6 2/3-innings start on Sunday. Three of the four runs came off homers hit on consecutive pitches. Still, after five times through the Cardinals’ rotation, he has notched half of the starters’ eight wins.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Chris Archer, RHP
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Archer’s success in his past two starts has been locating his pitches and getting ahead in the count. He’s been using his changeup more often with good results. He is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in three career starts at Angel Stadium.

Cory Rasmus, RHP
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Rasmus, the Angels’ long reliever, is filling the spot of the injured Garrett Richards. Rasmus, who can go a maximum of four innings, has a 2.86 ERA in seven career starts.

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Colorado Rockies @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Chad Bettis, RHP
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In four road starts this season, Bettis is 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA. Since a no-decision at Arizona in his first start, he's 2-0 with a 3.00 in starts at the Cubs, the Reds and the D-backs.

Madison Bumgarner, LHP
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Bumgarner's day-night splits are intriguing. His evening ERA of 2.99 bests his day figure of 3.11, and yet his daytime winning percentage (38-19, .667) is better than his record at night (50-41, .549).

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New York Mets @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Noah Syndergaard, RHP
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The Padres were responsible for the worst start of Syndergaard’s career last June, roughing him up for seven runs in four innings. At the time, Syndergaard’s career ERA sat at 3.77. Since then, he’s pitched to a 2.99 mark in 24 regular-season games.

Drew Pomeranz, LHP
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Pomeranz has made the most of the starting opportunity given to him by the Padres this season. Over the first month, he’s been San Diego’s best starter, with 36 strikeouts to lead the club and a .194 batting average against.

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