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Probable Pitchers

Atlanta Braves @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Aaron Blair, RHP
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    Aaron Blair, last 3 starts
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    Aaron Blair, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Blair struggled at the start and conclusion of his big league debut against the Mets on Sunday. But the highly-regarded prospect displayed a good changeup and a fastball that gained a little more life after the first inning.

Jon Lester, LHP
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    Jon Lester, last 3 starts
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    Jon Lester, last 5 years vs. ATL
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Lester is coming off a win over the Reds, and he has posted quality starts in his first 4 outings for the 2nd time in his career. He's searching for his first win at Wrigley Field in two 2016 starts. The lefty has an impressive 1.98 ERA this season.

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Chicago White Sox @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Carlos Rodon, LHP
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    Carlos Rodon, last 5 years vs. BAL
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Rodon looks to even his record in the second game of the White Sox four-game series against the Orioles. Rodon went 6 2/3 innings and surrendered two runs in his last start against Texas.

Mike Wright, RHP
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    Mike Wright, last 5 years vs. CWS
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In his last start, Wright was cruising through six innings in Kansas City, allowing only a pair of solo homers, until he hit a snag in the seventh. The righty recorded only one out in the inning and took the loss.

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Cincinnati Reds @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Dan Straily, RHP
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    Dan Straily, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Career stats

Straily threw 97 pitches over 4 2/3 innings and walked three vs. the Cubs on Saturday. As starters return from the DL, Straily will be looking to establish himself to either remain in the rotation or retake a bullpen role.

Juan Nicasio, RHP
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Nicasio took the loss in Arizona last Saturday, throwing five innings of two-run ball on three hits, four walks and four strikeouts. He left after 101 pitches. Nicasio was scheduled to start Thursday, but a postponement pushed his start back.

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Cleveland Indians @ Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
Corey Kluber, RHP
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    Corey Kluber, last 5 years vs. PHI
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Kluber was in vintage form on Saturday, when he held the Tigers to one run over eight innings in his first win of the season. The righty allowed just two hits and ended with 10 strikeouts and no walks.

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With Charlie Morton gone for the season because of a torn hamstring, the Phillies are expected to call up left-hander Adam Morgan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make the start.

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New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox

, Fenway Park
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP
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    Masahiro Tanaka, last 5 years vs. BOS
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Tanaka will make his fifth start of the season in Boston, having allowed two earned runs in each of his four outings. He had a season-high seven strikeouts in his previous start against Tampa Bay, tossing seven innings and scattering five hits.

Henry Owens, LHP
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The lanky lefty will make his second start in place of the ailing Joe Kelly. Owens was hit hard in two starts against the Yankees last year, going 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA. In his career at Fenway, Owens is 2-2 with a 5.00 ERA.

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San Francisco Giants @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Jake Peavy, RHP
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Peavy attributed improved breaking pitches to his best outing of the season, which he recorded last Sunday in his most recent start -- a seven-inning performance in which he beat the Marlins and their ace, Jose Fernandez.

Steven Matz, LHP
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Though Matz has yet to eclipse 100 pitches in any of his three starts, he could do it Friday on an extra day of rest. The NL Rookie of the Year candidate, who has never faced the Giants, will look to deliver a third straight quality start regardless.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Aaron Sanchez, RHP
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Sanchez surrendered a season-high 10 hits and six earned runs in his last outing, an 8-5 loss against the Athletics. He pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Rays on April 5 and picked up a no-decision.

Drew Smyly, LHP
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Smyly is 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA in six career outings vs. the Jays. His record has disguised how well he’s thrown this season, locating all 4 of his pitches and frequently getting ahead in the count. He is 3-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 13 outings at The Trop.

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Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers

, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Hector Santiago, LHP
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Santiago is off to another fantastic start, giving up nine runs (eight earned) on 17 hits and eight walks in 26 2/3 innings, striking out 27. He has a 2.23 ERA in seven starts against the Rangers since 2015.

Colby Lewis, RHP
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Lewis has thrown exactly six innings in each of his four starts. He allowed just one run in his last start against the White Sox. Lewis has made 17 starts against the Angels since 2010 and is 3-10 with a 6.58 ERA.

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Detroit Tigers @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Michael Fulmer, RHP
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Fulmer, rated the Tigers’ top prospect by MLBPipeline.com, will be called up to make his Major League debut after going 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA in three starts at Triple-A Toledo, walking five and striking out 20 over 15 1/3 innings.

Phil Hughes, RHP
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Hughes is coming off a solid outing against the Nationals, limiting them to two runs over seven innings. He's registered a quality start in all four of his outings this season.

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Miami Marlins @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Adam Conley, LHP
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Minimizing damage in late innings has plagued Conley in each of his last two starts. The team is still finding out his "tiring point." Still, he's gone at least 5 2/3 innings in three straight outings, but has yet to win.

Zach Davies, RHP
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Davies had a 3.71 ERA in six Brewers starts last season, but he has struggled through his first two outings in place of the injured Matt Garza. He pitched six scoreless innings at Wrigley Field in his only start against the Cubs last season.

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Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Stephen Strasburg, RHP
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Strasburg will face right-hander Mike Leake for the second time in his career. The first time was on May 19, 2014, but he did not figure in the decision. Strasburg is 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA in four starts this season.

Mike Leake, RHP
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This will be Leake’s fifth start, and he is still seeking his first win with St. Louis. He has allowed three or more runs in each of his first four outings and has pitched past the sixth just once.

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Colorado Rockies @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Tyler Chatwood, RHP
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Chatwood had little command of any of his pitches Saturday, getting chased with three runs in four innings while laboring through 95 pitches. Even when he made his pitches, the Dodgers connected, with A.J. Ellis driving a game-winning two-run homer

Robbie Ray, LHP
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Ray had his worst outing of the season last time out against the Pirates allowing five runs in just three innings. The key for Ray is locating his secondary pitches so hitters can't sit on his fastball.

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Houston Astros @ Oakland Athletics

, Oakland Coliseum
Mike Fiers, RHP
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Fiers is coming off his best outing of the season when he beat the Red Sox on Saturday in Houston. He’s won his last two starts, allowing 12 hits, six runs while walking only three batters and striking out 11 in 11 innings.

Sean Manaea, LHP
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A's manager Bob Melvin confirmed on Wednesday that Friday's start belongs to Manaea, who will be called up from Triple-A. The No. 2 prospect in the organization has gone 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three starts at Nashville.

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Kansas City Royals @ Seattle Mariners

, Safeco Field
Kris Medlen, RHP
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Medlen takes the mound for the Royals against the Mariners. Medlen (1-1, 6.00 ERA) is coming off his worst start of the season - 3 2/3 innings, nine hits, seven earned runs against the Orioles.

Felix Hernandez, RHP
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Hernandez has a 1-2 record despite allowing just 14 hits and five earned runs in 25 innings. He’s 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA in 12 career starts against the Royals. A win would tie him with Jamie Moyer for career victories by a Mariner at 145.

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San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Cesar Vargas, RHP
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Vargas was solid enough in his big league debut to earn himself another start. He allowed only one run on five hits against the Cardinals on Saturday, after posting a 1.42 ERA and a 0.474 WHIP in two starts at Double-A.

Alex Wood, LHP
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Wood struggled in Colorado last Sunday, allowing five earned runs in six innings. His five strikeouts were a season high, but his strikeouts per nine innings stands at 5.14, which is in the bottom 10 of qualified pitchers in MLB.

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