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Probable Pitchers

Kansas City Royals @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Jakob Junis, RHP
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Junis is off to a hot start in 2018, with a 1.93 ERA over his first three starts. After throwing seven scoreless innings in each of his first two starts, the Angels cracked the code and hit three home runs off Junis in his last outing on April 14.

Michael Fulmer, RHP
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    Michael Fulmer, regular season
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The Indians wrecked Fulmer's strong start to the season with nine runs, six earned, over three-plus innings on April 12 in Cleveland, where they sat on Fulmer's fastball and powered it. He induced just two swinging strikes out of 72 total pitches.

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Kansas City Royals @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel was strong again in his last start Friday against the Angels, giving up just two runs in 5 1/3 innings and left with a 4-2 lead, though the Royals lost, 5-4.

Daniel Norris, LHP
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Norris gets a spot start in the doubleheader nightcap after spending the past couple weeks in the bullpen. He began the season in the rotation but had his starting assignment scratched in the wave of early-season postponements.

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Cleveland Indians @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Trevor Bauer, RHP
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Bauer struck out seven, walked two and allowed two runs over seven solid innings against the Tigers on April 12 for his first win of the year. The righty is 1-3 with a 5.86 ERA in five career starts against the Orioles.

Dylan Bundy, RHP
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Despite quality outings in his first four, Bundy is still looking for his first win. The O’s righty -- who leads the staff in quality outings and ERA -- will look to change that at home on Friday vs. the Indians.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
Ivan Nova, RHP
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Nova seems to be rounding into form, as he’s allowed three runs while pitching into the seventh inning in each of his last two starts. The veteran right-hander has walked only one batter while striking out 18 over his last three starts.

Ben Lively, RHP
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Lively has struggled a bit in his past two starts. He has allowed 16 hits, eight earned runs, two walks and two home runs in 9 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts. Opponents have hit .372 against him in the two outings.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Marco Estrada, RHP
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Estrada carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning of his last start, but then started to experience spasms in his lower back. That impacted his ability to follow through on his delivery, but Estrada has been cleared to make this start.

Sonny Gray, RHP
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Gray has been working on mechanical adjustments following his most recent start, in which he was peppered by the Red Sox for 6 runs over 3-plus innings on April 12. He worked 4 innings of 1-run ball at Toronto on April 1, striking out 8.

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Minnesota Twins @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Lance Lynn, RHP
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Lynn is off to an 0-1 start and is sporting a 5.00 ERA after two outings with the Twins. Lynn will hope to find his rhythm against a Tampa Bay team that he held to two runs over seven innings on August 27 of last season.

Chris Archer, RHP
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Archer had a rough outing his last time out when the Phillies scored seven runs against him in four innings to hand him his first loss of the season. He is 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA in seven career starts against the Twins.

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New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves

, SunTrust Park
Noah Syndergaard, RHP
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Effectiveness hasn’t been Syndergaard’s problem. Efficiency has. Syndergaard has yet to throw a pitch in the seventh inning this season, lasting just 5 1/3 last time out despite 101 pitches. He is 0-1 lifetime in four starts against the Braves.

Sean Newcomb, LHP
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Newcomb has recently shown signs he’s capable of living up to the expectations set when he was one of the game’s top prospects. The left-hander’s ability to command his changeup has enhanced the value of his curveball.

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Seattle Mariners @ Texas Rangers

, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Felix Hernandez, RHP
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Hernandez lost to the A’s in his last outing, but he looked strong, allowing two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. The 32-year-old was 1-1 with a 5.03 ERA in four starts vs. Texas last year, but appears back on track after an injury-plagued season.

Mike Minor, LHP
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Minor allowed five runs in five innings Saturday against the Astros. He has a 4.60 ERA, but opponents are hitting just .182 off him. Minor made three relief appearances against the Mariners last year, allowing one run in four innings.

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Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox

, Guaranteed Rate Field
Justin Verlander, RHP
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The reigning AL Player of the Week, Verlander looks to stay hot against a familiar opponent in the White Sox. He is 20-13 with a 3.82 ERA in 42 starts vs. the South Siders but just 7-8 with a 4.11 ERA in 21 starts at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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James Shields was scheduled to start Friday, but he pitched the 14th in Wednesday's loss to the A's. The White Sox will use their off-day to re-evaluate.

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Miami Marlins @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Trevor Richards, RHP
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After allowing 8 runs in 8 1/3 innings in his first 2 starts, Richards threw 7 shutout frames in a no-decision against the Pirates on Saturday. He's best when he can get to his changeup. He's throwing 57.6 percent fastballs, 22.6 percent changeups.

Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
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Chacin has yet to turn in a quality start in four outings. He allowed one run on five hits in four innings in his last start, a no-decision in a 3-2 Brewers loss to the Mets. He has struck out 11 batters and walked 10.

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Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Brandon Finnegan, LHP
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Finnegan's season debut was rocky as he allowed a pair of two-out home runs and could not work out of the fifth inning. Following a one-out walk in the fifth, he was pulled. It was his first start since June 26, 2017.

Michael Wacha, RHP
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Originally slated to start Wednesday's series finale against the Cubs, Wacha will instead take the mound when the Cardinals open a three-game set against the Reds on Friday. His fourth start of the year will come on eight days' rest.

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Chicago Cubs @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
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Hendricks posted a quality start in his last outing against the Pirates but took the loss, serving up a pair of home runs for the second straight outing. The problem was fastball command that the righty said will be his focus between starts.

Jon Gray, RHP
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For five innings in his last start, Gray held the Nationals to one run and pitched out of some two-out jams. But he yielded four runs and didn't escape the sixth, and his frustrating early season continued.

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San Diego Padres @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Tyson Ross, RHP
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Ross has looked like a lot like the version of himself that racked up a 3.16 ERA for San Diego from 2013-16. He’s lasted six innings in all three starts and didn’t allow an earned run his last time out, getting 10 swinging strikes with his slider.

Matt Koch, RHP
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The D-backs need to fill Taijuan Walker's spot in the rotation as he heads for Tommy John surgery, and Koch is the first man up. The 27-year-old right-hander has made one appearance this year, throwing two scoreless innings against the Cardinals.

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Boston Red Sox @ Oakland Athletics

, Oakland Coliseum
Drew Pomeranz, LHP
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Manager Alex Cora said the lefty has the all-clear to throw as many as 100 pitches in his 2018 debut. Pomeranz won a career-best 17 games last season, going 1-0 vs. Oakland in two starts with a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings.

Kendall Graveman, RHP
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Graveman is still looking to find his footing, after pitching to a 9.87 ERA in his first four starts. He was struck for five runs on eight hits and two walks in just four innings in Seattle on Saturday, yielding his sixth home run of the season.

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San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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Samardzija is slated to make his 2018 debut after a right pectoral strain sidelined him to open the season. He hasn't faced the Angels since Aug. 19, 2015, when while with the White Sox he gave up one run over seven innings at Angel Stadium.

Andrew Heaney, LHP
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Heaney allowed four runs (three earned) over five innings in his season debut against the Royals on April 13. This will be his first time facing the Giants.

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Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Max Scherzer, RHP
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Scherzer is off to a great start, going 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA. On his way to his second straight NL Cy Young Award last year, he turned in a dominant start at Dodger Stadium last June, yielding one run on three hits while fanning 14 in a 2-1 win.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP
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Kershaw erased the Dodgers' three-game losing streak his last time out with a dominating performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The lefty carried a shutout into the seventh inning on Sunday, en route to striking out 12 batters with no walks.

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