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On Deck: Potential duel in Philly

Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:48 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 11:33 pm

By Matt Snyder

Lots of afternoon action on getaway day across baseball -- check out the action on's live scoreboard -- but there are still seven games on the docket for this evening. Let's spotlight three of them.

Allow myself to (re)introduce ... myself: The last time Roy Halladay faced the Reds was in Citizen's Bank Park in Game 1 of the NLDS. Halladay needed only 104 pitches to no-hit the Reds in a 4-0 victory. It was only the second no-hitter in postseason history. In nine innings, his only blemish was a walk, which he more than balanced out with eight strikeouts. The Reds hit only a handful of balls hard. It was complete and utter domination, in a playoff game no less. On the flip side, Travis Wood's track record against the Phillies is pretty solid. He took a perfect game into the ninth in his last start against Philly and threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Phillies in Halladay's playoff no-no. The Reds broke a six-game losing streak Tuesday night on a ninth-inning, three-RBI double from Jay Bruce. The Phillies hold a one-game lead in the competitive NL East. This should be a great game. Cincinnati at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. ET. FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

Looking for wins: Raise your hand if you thought Chris Carpenter and Mat Latos would have combined for a 2-10 record and an ERA of over 4.50 come May 25th. Put your hand down, liar. One of the two will get a brief reprieve from the losing Wednesday afternoon in the spacious confines of Petco Park, as the two square off. Carpenter is looking to help his club continue its winning ways, as the Cardinals have won four straight and sit atop the NL Central. On the other hand, Latos is needed to play the stopper. The Padres have lost four in a row and reside in the cellar of the NL West. St. Louis at San Diego, 6:35 p.m. ET. FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

Wild, wild West: The A's have been in the headlines this week, but for the wrong reasons. Bob Geren has come under fire for being the worst person ever and not communicating well. Still, they defied drastic odds in winning the Guillermo Moscoso vs. Dan Haren pitching matchup Tuesday night. Wednesday, it's going to be Trevor Cahill for the A's against Ervin Santana for the Angels. Cahill is 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA this season, and he owns the Angels in his career (4-1, 1.81 ERA in seven starts). Meanwhile, the AL West continues to be the closest top-to-bottom division race in baseball. A mere two games separated first place from last entering Wednesday, which means every intradivision battle is a big game. Remember, it's no longer early, as we're very near a third of the way through the season. Oakland at Los Angeles (AL), 10:05 p.m. ET.  FOLLOW LIVE SCORING

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