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Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:50 pm
 

On Deck: Angels need Weaver to play stopper

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


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WeaverCy Watch
: Jered Weaver allowed eight earned runs his last time out against the Blue Jays in his worst start on the year by far. That shot his ERA up to 2.13 from 1.78 and is quickly losing ground to Justin Verlander in the AL Cy Young Award race. Not only for that race does Weaver need to show up, but the Angels desperately need some help. Los Angeles is taking a five-game losing streak up against six straight for Texas, with Thursday night wrapping up a four-game series that has seen L.A. slip to seven games back. If the Angels want any hope of staying in the AL West race, a win tonight would be a good place to start. Colby Lewis goes for Texas. Rangers vs. Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET

ArizonaPhilliesTop dogs: The Phillies are 8 1/2 up against the Braves, with a 79-42 record good enough for first place in the division and in baseball. It's not as if the Braves are any slouches with 72 wins and the NL Wild Card race in hand, but Arizona is also in first place out in the NL West... with 69 victories. 'Zona goes up against Philadelphia looking to take the rubber game of the series and an outright win in the season series. Ian Kennedy has won seven consecutive starts and is after his 16th victory, which would lead the game. Vance Worley, meanwhile, is hoping to match Kennedy's run as he's won six straight -- but gave up six runs in four innings last time out. Diamondbacks vs. Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET

MastersonBattling out in the AL Central: This has already become a common refrain and figures to continue being one down the stretch, but there's a good battle set up between AL Central opponents. The Indians, two games behind the Tigers for the division lead, are attempting to fend off the White Sox, who are 3 1/2 behind Detroit. Cleveland has ace Justin Masterson lined up for battle against Phil Humber, who recently became a permanent member of the Sox's five-man rotation after the six-man rotation finally ended when Zach Stewart was moved to the bullpen. This is the rubber game of the three-game series, with eight games to come in September. "I know that every game means a lot because we're playing the White Sox and we're going to play Detroit, but there are so many games left that if we go day-by-day paying attention to that I'm going to get a heart attack," manager Manny Acta told the Associated Press. Indians vs. White Sox, 8:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:39 pm
 

On Deck: Angels turn to red-hot Santana

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By Matt Snyder

With four teams idle and three day games, we're still left with 10 night games on this partial getaway day. Remember to follow along with all the action on CBSSports.com's live scoreboard.

Santana the stopper: The Angels have lost four in a row while the Rangers have rattled off five straight, meaning the Rangers now hold a six game lead in the AL West. The Angels still have two games left in this series, however, and badly need someone to step up and put a stop to the bleeding. Wednesday, they may just have the man to do so: Ervin Santana (9-8, 3.10). He's as hot a pitcher as there is in baseball right now, as he's 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 72 innings over the course of his last nine starts. It won't be easy going for the Angels' offense, though, as All-Star C.J. Wilson (11-5, 3.28) is Santana's counterpart for the night. Rangers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET.

Greinke looks to stay hot: I've seen a few headlines touting Greinke's quest for winning his fifth straight start, but his string of quality pitching goes deeper than his past four outings. In Greinke's last seven starts, he has a 1.75 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. This is the man the Brewers paid a handsome price -- in terms of prospects -- for this past offseason. Not only is Greinke looking to add to his personal success, but to continue the Brewers' recent dominance. They've won 17 of their last 19 games and have built a seven game lead in the NL Central that once was an up-for-grabs four-team race. The Dodgers will send rookie Nate Eovaldi (1-0, 1.64) to the hill in an attempt to cool off the Brewers. Dodgers at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET.

Jurrjens returns: Jurrjens was one of the best pitchers in the first half of the season, as he took a 12-3 record and 1.87 ERA into the All-Star break. Since then, however, it's been rough going. In his four starts since then, he has a 6.26 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He hasn't pitched since August 1 with a right knee strain, however, so maybe his health is what can get him back on track. He'll take the mound in Atlanta Wednesday against the Giants, who are in bad need of a victory. The Giants have fallen on miserable times, mostly due to offensive ineptitude and injuries. They do have All-Star Matt Cain (9-9, 3.00) taking the hill in an attempt to right the ship. Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:46 pm
 

On Deck: Eyeing three races

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By Matt Snyder

We've already had one game Tuesday, but there's a full slate of 15 at night, thanks to the Red Sox and Rays having a double-header. Remember to keep those eyes glued on the CBSSports.com live scoreboard for all the action.

Watching the AL Central: The Tigers have lost two straight while the Indians and White Sox have each won two in a row. That means the Tigers have a two game lead over the Indians and 3 1/2 over the White Sox. The latter two square off Tuesday night, so the Tigers need a win of their own to keep up with whichever team wins. They certainly have the right man on the hill, as it's Justin Verlander's (17-5, 2.35) turn in the rotation. Verlander dominated the Twins -- Tuesday's opponent -- in one previous outing this season. Nick Blackburn (7-9, 4.36) starts for the Twins. Meanwhile the Indians send their new ace to the hill against the White Sox, as Ubaldo Jimenez (7-9, 4.37) faces off against Gavin Floyd (10-10, 4.35) of the White Sox. Twins at Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET; Indians at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. ET.

Watching the NL West: The Giants were in position to trim the Diamondbacks' lead to 1 1/2 games last night, but Brian Wilson's beard blew a save and the deficit is now 2 1/2. Fortunately for the Giants, the D-Backs have a tall order Tuesday night against Roy Halladay (15-4, 2.51) and the Phillies, who sport the best record in baseball by 4 1/2 games. Josh Collmenter (7-7, 3.51) is tasked with keeping his Arizona club close. The Giants have it a bit easier, but not by much. They're facing off against the Braves, who are tied for the second-best record in the National League. They're also sending the fickle Jonathan Sanchez (4-7, 4.29) to the mound. Rookie Randall Delgado starts for the Giants. The 21 year old only has three career starts above the Double-A level. Of note here, the Braves have won six consecutive regular-season games against the Giants. Diamondbacks at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. ET; Giants at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET.

Watching the AL West: The Rangers traveled to Los Angeles for a four-game series against the Angels Monday, and came out and beat the Angels Monday night. The victory gave the Rangers a five-game lead in the AL West, and it's getting a bit late in the season to chase more than two series' worth a deficit. Translation: The Angels need to win at least two of these next three games, which would get it back to a four-game deficit. If they can win all three, the Rangers' lead would be trimmed down to two. Of course, if the Rangers came out and swept the Angels, the eight-game lead would likely be insurmountable. Tuesday night a pair of young arms are pitted against one another as the Rangers go with Derek Holland (10-4, 4.30) and the Angels send Tyler Chatwood (6-8, 4.07) to the mound. Rangers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:21 pm
 

On Deck: Rangers can knock Angels out of race

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By Evan Brunell


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RangersWestern power: The Rangers, winners of three straight, have extended their division lead to four games as the Angels slowly but surely fade into obscurity. With Texas and Los Angeles beginning a four-game series that will expand to seven games over the next two weeks, that fade could quicken if the Rangers can take advantage of the opportunity presented them. The pitching matchup certainly favors Texas, as Alexi Ogando and his 3.22 ERA goes up against rookie Garrett Richards, making his second start sporting an unsightly 10.80 ERA thanks to running into the Yankees for his debut. Ogando's 5.91 ERA over his last four outings is cause for concern.  Rangers vs. Angels, 10:05 p.m. ET

BumgarnerHudsonBest matchup: Madison Bumgarner and Tim Hudson will lock horns in a pitcher's duel on Monday, with the Giants desperate to stay just two games behind Arizona, winners of six straight. Meanwhile, Atlanta has to concern itself with staying atop the wild card race, and the Giants are a prime challenger. The lefty Bumgarner has a 3.53 ERA on the season and struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings against the Pirates last time out. Hudson, he of the 3.18 ERA, has pitched at least seven innings in his last six starts and has a 1.93 ERA over his last three starts. Giants vs. Braves, 7:00 p.m. ET

TwinsTigersChanging locker rooms: You don't see this every day, but Delmon Young headed to Comerica Park on the Twins' bus, then promptly walked over to the Tigers locker room, his new home. Young was dealt to the Tigers in a deal that came down when the outfielder was on Minnesota's bus, and now will bat third for Detroit against the Twins. Minnesota can play spoiler to Detroit, 2 1/2 up on the Indians, behind Francisco Liriano, he of the 5.00 ERA, just seven points higher than Detroit's Rick Porcello. A large reason why the Tigers are atop the division is their 8-1 record against the Twinkies on the year, a trend Detroit would love to continue Twins vs. Tigers, 7:05 p.m. ET

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Posted on: August 14, 2011 12:41 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 12:42 pm
 

On Deck: Wakefield goes for 200, Uggla for 34

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By Evan Brunell


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AngelsJaysBEST MATCHUP: Dan Haren and Brett Cecil go head-to-head as the Angels attempt to stay close to first place, slipping to three games behind after Saturday's loss. Toronto, meanwhile, is one game over .500 and would like to stay that way. It will be difficult against Haren, who has a 2.91 ERA on the season. Toronto isn't exactly a patient bunch and Haren has pinpoint control, so it might be a long day for Toronto. Angels hitters may have a long day in store, too. Left-hander Brett Cecil's 4.31 ERA on the season doesn't draw much attention, but he's been far better since returning from the minor leagues on June 30 and has been pitching well his last four starts, throwing 29 innings of a 2.17 ERA. Angels vs. Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. ET

UgglaCHASE FOR 34: At this point in Dan Uggla's hitting streak, every game is appointment-viewing. If the Brave can extend his streak to 34 games, he will be tied for the 14th longest hitting streak in baseball history. Chase Utley, Placido Polanco, Luis Castillo and Jimmy Rollins (all four, coincidentally, were teammates for Philadelphia in spring training) are the only players with longer hitting streaks since the turn of the century, and Rollins tops the list at 36. Matt Garza will try to blank Uggla the first few times around the order while Atlanta counters with Brandon Beachy. Cubs vs. Braves, 1:35 p.m. ET

WakefieldGOING FOR 200: The third time wasn't the charm for Tim Wakefield. Will the fourth be? It's the knuckleballer's fourth straight attempt at reaching 200 career wins. Seattle, with its moribund offense, is a pretty good target. Unfortunately, the Sox's own offense has been compromised by Kevin Youkilis, who has missed three of the last five games, including the first two of the Seattle series. Youk was mired in a slump prior to the injury too, so his absence as a force has been felt for some time. The Mariners counter with rookie Charlie Furbush on the mound. The lefty was acquired from Detroit in a deadline trade and is attempting to covert from relief to the rotation, which has been a bumpy road thus far. Red Sox vs. Mariners, 4:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:28 am
Edited on: August 13, 2011 7:13 pm
 

On Deck: Uggla and Braves on 5-game streak

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By C. Trent Rosecrans


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Continuing the streaks: You may have heard that Dan Uggla has a streak going, but so does his team. While Uggla's hitting streak is now at 32 games, the Braves have a more modest five-game winning streak going, tied for the longest current streak in baseball along with the Rays. Atlanta's still 7 1/2 games behind the Phillies in the National League East, but at 70-49, it has the second-best record in the National League and a six-game lead over San Francisco and St. Louis in the Wild Card race. Uggla is 1 for 2 with a walk in three career plate appearances against Cubs starter Randy Wells, who is allowing 10.7 hits per nine innings. Cubs at Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET

Tim LincecumAce time: After a loss and a Diamondbacks victory on Friday, the Giants are two games behind Arizona in the NL West, their biggest deficit since May 7. The good news is that their ace is on the mound tonight in Florida, as Tim Lincecum faces off against Javier Vazquez . Lincecum struggled some (by his standards) in the first half of the season, but since a disastrous start against Cincinnati in June, he has a 1.67 ERA in his last 10 starts. Of course, he needs someone to score some runs for him to pick up a victory, because even in those 10 starts in which he's allowed a total of 13 runs (12 earned) and struck out 71 batters in 64 2/3 innings, he's gone just 5-4 and the Giants are 5-5 -- maybe if he were hitting better than .095/.156/.095 -- but at least he has an excuse, he's a pitcher. The rest of his team has no such excuse. Giants at Marlins, 7:10 p.m. ET

Jered WeaverCy Weaver returns: Ervin Santana stepped up nicely on Friday filling Jered Weaver's usual spot in the Angels' rotation, and now the Blue Jays get to face Weaver, who was pushed back a day because of his six-game suspension for his part in the fracas in Detroit. Weaver enters the game 14-5 with a 1.78 ERA and 3.85 strikeouts for every walk. As good as he was leading up to his All-Star Game start, Weaver's been better since then, going 3-1 with a 1.49 ERA in his five starts since the break. He allowed seven hits and struck out eight in his last start, a shutout against the Mariners on Aug. 5. That said, his opposite is hardly a slouch. Toronto lefty Rickey Romero has gone at least eight innings in each of his last three starts and has given up just three runs and nine hits over that same span, while striking out 21. Angels at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. ET 

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Posted on: August 12, 2011 4:41 pm
 

On Deck: Spotlight on Turner Field

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By Matt Snyder

We've got our usual full slate of Friday night games, with 15 starting in a three hour and five minute window. There is, of course, the possible drama of the Giants heading to Florida to square off against the team that knocked Buster Posey out for the season, but it sounds like nothing will come of that. So we'll grab three other intriguing storylines here. And remember to keep those eyes glued on the CBSSports.com live scoreboard all night with up to the second updates.

Uggla goes for 32, Braves lead Wild Card: The Braves return home Friday with second baseman Dan Uggla bringing in the longest major-league hitting streak since Chase Utley's 35-gamer in 2006. We've already covered the matchups for this series in terms of Uggla's history against the Cubs' pitchers, so let's instead focus on the game itself here. The Braves have a five-game lead in the NL Wild Card race and host the team with the second-worst record in the National League. Still, it may not be as easy as it sounds. The Cubs come in having won nine of their past 11 and are playing solid baseball for the first time in 2011. Carlos Zambrano (9-6, 4.46) of the Cubs faces off against Mike Minor (1-2, 4.85). Cubs at Braves, 7:35 p.m. ET.

Oakland's Public Enemy: Rangers starter C.J. Wilson (10-5, 3.35) had some strong words for the Oakland A's, the stadium, their fans, etc. earlier this week. He basically said everything sucks, so that couldn't have endeared him much to the A's or the Oakland fans. Wilson's former teammate Brandon McCarthy (5-5, 3.31), now of the A's, responded by saying the A's need to beat Wilson and the fans need to show up and send Wilson a message. And wouldn't you know it, the two pichers just happen to be squaring off Friday night. There doesn't seem to be any bad blood, so much as Wilson just speaking his mind and McCarthy trying to stand up for his ballclub and fans. Still, it's too bad the ptichers don't bat. It would be cool to see them go head-to-head. Rangers at A's, 10:05 p.m. ET.

Wells returns to Toronto: Vernon Wells played almost 1,400 games in 12 seasons for the Blue Jays. He was a fixture in center field for over a decade, making three All-Star Games and hauling in three Gold Gloves. This season, however, he's playing for the Angels and Friday night he'll take the field at the Rogers Centre wearing enermy garb for the first time. Wells hasn't fared well at all for the Angels, as his .208/.241/.373 line is the worst of his career. He is, however, in a pennant race of the Angels are just two games behind the Rangers in the AL West. Wells' Angels will send red-hot Ervin Santana (8-8, 3.21) to the hill as the Blue Jays counter with Brandon Morrow (8-6, 4.51). Santana is 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA -- and a no-hitter -- in his past eight starts. No word yet on the Man in White's availability, but the Jays may need him. Angels at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET.

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Posted on: August 11, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 2:56 pm
 

On Deck: Pivotal series come to a close



By Evan Brunell


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VerlanderVERLANDER TIME: The Indians have taken the first two games of the three-game set between AL Central rivals, leaving Cleveland just two games behind the Tigers for the lead. Unfortunately, Cleveland only has one Ubaldo Jimenez, and he pitched on Wednesday. That leaves Fausto Carmona, he of a 5.9 ERA, to do battle against Justin Verlander. That's a tall task, what with Verlander's amazing season leaving him in contention for the AL Cy Young Award. Verlander can accomplish two things on Thursday: first, the righty can snap Cleveland's 13-game winning streak against Detroit in Progressive FIeld, and he can also become the majors' first 17-game winner. Tigers vs. Indians, 7:05 p.m. ET

GallardoCarpenterGONE STREAKING: Another pivotal Central series comes to an end Thursday as well, except this one is over in the NL. The streaking Brewers are attempting to rip off a 6-0 road streak, their seventh straight win, push their MLB-best home record to 42-15 and extend their division lead to six games. Boy, that's a lot of accomplishments to reach in one game. The pitching matchup is pretty even, at least if you consider only ERA. Milwaukee has Yovani Gallardo with a 3.56 ERA toeing the mound, while St. Louis counters with a 3.75 figure. Brewers vs. Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. ET

RockiesRedsPITCHING DUEL: A pretty solid pitching matchup highlights this game, with Johnny Cueto taking the mound for the Reds and jockeying for the best ERA in in the game. Cueto's already qualified previously for the best ERA, but he fell out of consideration because he's right on the bubble to qualify for the lead. He's missed so much time, that even waiting five days for his next start can drop him out. All he needs is 4 2/3 innings and he reclaims his spot atop the ERA leaderboard. He won't have an easy time of it, as the Rockies will throw out Jhoulys Chacin, who has had a fine year in his first full season. He stumbled in July with a 4.97 ERA but has turned in two straight strong starts Rockies vs. Reds, 12:35 p.m. ET

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