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Probable Pitchers

Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Alfredo Simon, RHP
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    Alfredo Simon, last 3 starts
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    Alfredo Simon, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Simon tied a career high with eight innings pitched vs. the Rays on Saturday. His only mistake was a hanging split-fingered fastball to James Loney, which was hit for a second-inning homer in a 1-0 loss.

Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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    Jeff Samardzija, last 3 starts
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    Jeff Samardzija, regular season
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The Cubs finally scored some runs for Samardzija, who did not get any support in the first 20 innings this season. He will be starting on extended rest because of off-days.

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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Kyle Lohse, RHP
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It's a rematch of Sunday, when Lohse worked 8 2/3 innings and grew stronger as the game went on. He threw just 12 pitches in the seventh and 12 more in the eighth, striking out five of six batters in those innings.

Charlie Morton, RHP
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Even with the Cubs' Starlin Castro taking him deep twice on Apr. 8, Morton has allowed three homers to the last 415 batters he has faced. Lefties are only 10-for-39 so far this year against him, a major improvement over his career trend.

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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
Michael Wacha, RHP
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    Michael Wacha, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Wacha has pitched at least six innings in his three starts -- each of which has been interrupted by rain. It hasn't seemed to faze him. Last time Wacha faced Washington, he pitched 8 2/3 no-hit innings before allowing an infield single.

Gio Gonzalez, LHP
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Gonzalez gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings in a loss to the Braves in his last start. He tied a season highs for strikeouts (six) and set a season for walks (four). The southpaw is 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA against the Cardinals in two starts.

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Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Indians

, Progressive Field
Drew Hutchison, RHP
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Hutchison bounced back from a rough start against the Yankees to toss six scoreless innings vs. the Orioles. His command was back as he allowed just four hits and two walks, but he was forced to take a no-decision because of a lack of run support.

Justin Masterson, RHP
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Masterson was let off the hook by the Tribe's potent offense in his last start, escaping with a no-decision despite allowing six runs (five earned) while walking five and striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings against the White Sox.

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Los Angeles Angels vs. Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Jered Weaver, RHP
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Three starts in, and Weaver is still searching for his vintage form. The Angels' ace was charged with four runs in 6 2/3 innings his last time out against the Mets and threw 49 of his 99 pitches for balls. He has a career 4.97 ERA against the Tigers.

Drew Smyly, LHP
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Though Smyly has been part of Detroit's rotation since the Doug Fister trade, he'll be making his first start of the season after rainouts and off-days left the Tigers needing just four starters for the past two weeks.

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Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets

, Citi Field
Aaron Harang, RHP
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Harang recorded his three quality starts in three tries this season. His two earned runs allowed in his first three starts marks his best start to a season since he did the same thing as a rookie in 2002.

Jon Niese, LHP
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With a short bullpen, the Mets desperately needed length from Niese on Saturday in Anaheim. He obliged with a remarkably efficient 7 1/3 innings, needing only 96 pitches to record 22 outs.

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox

, Fenway Park
Chris Tillman, RHP
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The right-hander is coming off a loss despite not allowing an earned run in eight innings against Toronto while giving up just three hits and fanning six. Tillman has been the O's best pitcher this season.

John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey is coming off a subpar outing against the Yankees, as he gave up a career-high four home runs in a 7-4 loss. Lifetime against the Orioles, Lackey is 14-5 with a 3.33 ERA.

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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
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Kuroda has been reliable again this season, notching back-to-back winning efforts. He allowed only a two-run homer through his first six innings of work on April 12 before tiring in a two-run seventh inning.

Erik Bedard, LHP
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The veteran left-hander returned to the Tampa Bay organization to pitch at Triple-A Durham after not winning the fifth-starter job this spring. He will be starting in place of Alex Cobb, who's on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique.

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Seattle Mariners vs. Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Chris Young, RHP
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The 6-foot-10 veteran has yet to allow a run in eight innings and threw six scoreless frames against the A's on Sunday in his first start since 2012, though he took a no-decision. Young says he's finally healthy after years of shoulder issues.

Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
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Eovaldi recovered from a slow start and turned in a solid 6 1/3 inning performance in a no-decision at the Phillies. He gave up four runs through three, then had a stretch of retiring 11 straight. His last pitch was 98 mph.

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Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers

, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Felipe Paulino, RHP
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Paulino has made three starts in his White Sox career and has only pitched into the sixth in one of them. The White Sox will continue to go with the veteran right-hander, but manager Robin Ventura said he needs to be better and go deeper into games.

Martin Perez, LHP
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Perez threw eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory against the Astros on Sunday. The Rangers have turned nine double plays behind him in his last two starts. He beat the White Sox in his only start against them last year.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Ricky Nolasco, RHP
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Nolasco will look to handle the Royals again after stifling their bats for a run on five hits over eight innings in a victory on April 12. This will be his first start at Kauffman Stadium.

Jason Vargas, LHP
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Despite three outstanding starts and a 1.64 ERA, Vargas personally, and the Royals as a team, have just one win to show for it. In seven innings Sunday, he held the Twins to five hits and two runs on Josmil Pinto's homer. Now he gets another shot.

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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
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Pettibone, who opened the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, made his 2014 debut Saturday in a victory over the Marlins, allowing two runs (one earned run) on eight hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings.

Tyler Chatwood, RHP
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Chatwood came off the disabled list (strained left hamstring) and gave up four runs in six innings against the Giants in his first 2014 start. He was efficient, throwing 74 pitches, and was removed in an offensive substitution.

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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
Jarred Cosart, RHP
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Cosart posted first quality start of season Saturday in Arlington, taking a no-decision after the bullpen couldn't hold a 5-3 lead. He struck out a career-high eight batters in seven innings, allowing three runs and six hits.

Sonny Gray, RHP
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Gray went seven innings at Seattle and allowed one earned run on five hits. He struck out nine. Gray's previous start was also against the Mariners, and he allowed one earned run over six innings on six hits.

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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Wade Miley, LHP
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Wade Miley struggled with his command in his last outing and the Dodgers made him pay. L.A. tagged him for five runs on eight hits in five innings, matching Miley's shortest outing of the season, also vs. the Dodgers on Opening Night in Australia.

Zack Greinke, RHP
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This will be Greinke's second consecutive start against the D-Backs and he can't get enough of them, going 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA in four starts for the Dodgers against them.

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San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Matt Cain, RHP
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After two subpar starts, Cain looked more like a three-time All-Star selection last Saturday against Colorado. His fastball still reached 93 mph in the seventh inning as he struck out eight, three more than in his previous two starts combined.

Tyson Ross, RHP
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Ross retired the first seven Detroit batters he faced the last time out en route to a gem, as he allowed one run in seven innings with seven strikeouts. A fix in his delivery helped smooth his mechanics, helping him with his overall command.

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