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Probable Pitchers

Houston Astros @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Wandy Rodriguez, LHP
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    Wandy Rodriguez, last 3 starts
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    Wandy Rodriguez, regular season
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    Wandy Rodriguez, last 5 years vs. CIN
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Rodriguez has held opponents to three runs in each of his last four starts, going 2-1 with a 4.38 ERA in those games. His 73 wins rank third on the Astros' all-time list by southpaws, trailing Bob Knepper and Mike Hampton.

Bronson Arroyo, RHP
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    Bronson Arroyo, last 3 starts
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    Bronson Arroyo, regular season
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    Bronson Arroyo, last 5 years vs. HOU
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Currently with a club record of 44 home runs allowed, Arroyo is four away from Jose Lima's NL record and six away from Bert Blyleven's Major League record of 50. Arroyo struggled with his command in his four-homer game vs. the Brewers on Friday.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
James Shields, RHP
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    James Shields, last 3 starts
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    James Shields, last 5 years vs. NYY
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Shields allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks Friday night against the Red Sox to take his 11th loss of the season. He is 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA against the Yankees this season including a complete-game, 1-0 loss in his only start in New York.

Hector Noesi, RHP
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    Hector Noesi, last 3 starts
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    Hector Noesi, regular season
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    Hector Noesi, last 5 years vs. TB
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Noesi, 24, is a late replacement for Phil Hughes, sidelined with back spasms. Noesi has pitched in 28 games and has a 4.01 ERA in 51 2/3 innings, mostly in long relief. This will be his first Major League start. He was a starter in the Minors.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
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    Jeremy Hellickson, last 3 starts
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    Jeremy Hellickson, regular season
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    Jeremy Hellickson, last 5 years vs. NYY
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Despite struggling with his fastball command, Hellickson held the Red Sox to one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings Thursday to pick up his 13th win of the season. He has given up three earned runs or less in 28 of 31 career starts.

CC Sabathia, LHP
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    CC Sabathia, last 5 years vs. TB
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Sabathia gave up four runs and walked four in 5 2/3 innings during Friday's no-decision against the Blue Jays. He also gave up 10 hits for the fifth time in his last nine starts -- after doing it only once in his previous 23 outings.

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Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Randy Wolf, LHP
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    Randy Wolf, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Wolf pitched seven strong innings on Friday for his 13th victory, allowing three earned runs and seven hits while striking out seven with no walks. He threw 101 pitches, 71 for strikes.

Matt Garza, RHP
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Garza is 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA in his last nine starts after a no decision in his last outing against the Astros. He likely has two more starts this season. "I want to finish strong, finish healthy and finish on a good note," he said.

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San Diego Padres @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Anthony Bass, RHP
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Bass gets a spot start for Tim Stauffer, who suffered a forearm strain during his last start on Sept. 16. Bass made his first career start and also earned his first victory at Coors Field on June 13, allowing one run on five hits in five innings.

Aaron Cook, RHP
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The winningest pitcher in franchise history, Cook is unlikely to return next year. So the Rockies, who are hoping to send him off with one last win, are giving him the home finale.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Ross Ohlendorf, RHP
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After struggling in his previous six starts this season, Ohlendorf was efficient and effective for seven innings in Los Angeles. He picked up his first win, allowing two runs and throwing only 72 pitches.

Wade Miley, LHP
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A 28-pitch first inning in which Miley gave up three hits and two runs to the Padres led to defeat on Friday at PETCO Park, but the rookie left-hander showed poise in shutting out San Diego over the next five innings.

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Chicago White Sox @ Cleveland Indians

, Progressive Field
Mark Buehrle, LHP
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    Mark Buehrle, last 5 years vs. CLE
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Buehrle left his last start after being hit with a line drive in the left bicep, but said afterward he expects to make his next start. He had given up a career-high 15 hits in 6 1/3 innings, in a 7-2 loss to the Royals.

Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP
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Jimenez has earned victories in each of his last two starts. In his last five outings, he has posted a 3-1 record and 2.78 ERA, striking out 30 in 32 1/3 innings.

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Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
John Lannan, LHP
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Lannan remains in search of his elusive 10th victory, which would set a career high. After a promising start, Lannan has dropped six of his past seven starts. In his last outing against Florida on Friday, he allowed three runs in six innings of work.

Vance Worley, RHP
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He allowed six hits, one run, three walks and struck out five in last Friday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. He remains a National League Rookie of the Year candidate, although the Phillies have lost his last two starts.

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Los Angeles Angels @ Toronto Blue Jays

, Rogers Centre
Dan Haren, RHP
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The Angels are counting on Haren to bring ace stuff during the stretch run if they want to catch the Rangers in the AL West. Though the offense gave him no run support in his last outing, he struggled and allowed six earned runs over five innings.

Dustin McGowan, RHP
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McGowan allowed three runs during his last start against the Yankees. It was just his second start and third overall outing of the year, but he managed to allow just three hits. He likely will be limited to approximately 85 pitches.

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Atlanta Braves @ Florida Marlins

, Sun Life Stadium
Derek Lowe, RHP
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Lowe had his worst start of the year last time out against the Mets, allowing six runs in just 2 1/3 innings of work. The righty is 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in his last three starts but is 1-0 with a 1.42 in his two outings this season against Florida.

Javier Vazquez, RHP
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What a turnaround from a terrible start. Vazquez threw his first complete game since 2005 in his last outing, when he blanked the Nationals. In his last four starts, he is 4-0 with an 0.31 ERA (1 runs in 29 innings).

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Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox

, Fenway Park
Tommy Hunter, RHP
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The big righty has pitched consistently since Baltimore got him from Texas earlier this summer. He's become a real innings-eater and threw seven shutout vs. the Angels in his last start. The O's are hoping he'll do some good for them in 2012.

Josh Beckett, RHP
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Beckett made a triumphant return from an ankle injury on Friday night, holding the Rays to three runs over six innings of work. He has a 5.73 ERA in two starts against the Orioles this season.

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Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Max Scherzer, RHP
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After back-to-back solid starts, Scherzer struggled against the A's, giving up seven hits - three of them home runs -- and five runs in just five innings. He had decent command of his fastball, but two of those home runs came on changeups.

Felipe Paulino, RHP
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Paulino worked six serviceable innings on Friday against the White Sox, holding them to three runs on seven hits in a walk-off win. After 11 strikeouts and no walks in his previous outing of seven innings, he struck out three and walked three.

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Seattle Mariners @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Michael Pineda, RHP
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The 22-year-old standout hasn't won a game since July 30 and this will likely be his final start as the Mariners look to cap his innings at about 175. But he's still throwing hard and just hasn't had much run support.

Kevin Slowey, RHP
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Slowey continued his struggles with a sub-par outing against the Indians on Friday, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings. He is the first Twins pitcher to lose six straight decisions in a season since Boof Bonser lost eight in 2007.

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New York Mets @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Chris Schwinden, RHP
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Schwinden, who turns 25 on Thursday, will be making his third Major League start after going 8-8 with a 3.87 ERA this season for Triple-A Buffalo. He had 139 strikeouts in 148 2/3 innings with the Bisons.

Jaime Garcia, LHP
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Garcia is coming off another quality start against the Phillies, in which he tossed seven innings and allowed one earned run on five hits. Garcia is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in September, with 14 strikeouts and three walks.

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Texas Rangers @ Oakland Athletics

, Oakland Coliseum
C.J. Wilson, LHP
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Wilson lost to the Mariners, 4-0, on Friday. He allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings but only one was earned. He is still 6-2 with a 1.93 ERA in his last nine starts. He is 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in seven starts vs. the A's over the past two seasons.

Brandon McCarthy, RHP
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McCarthy is 3-2 with a 2.15 ERA and .196 opponents' batting average over his last five starts. The A's righty has struggled against Texas this year, going 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in four starts.

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San Francisco Giants @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Ryan Vogelsong, RHP
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    Ryan Vogelsong, last 5 years vs. LAD
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Vogelsong turned in another strong outing against the Rockies on Thursday -- two runs on four hits in 5 1/3 innings -- and he finally received enough run support to snap a string of five straight losing decisions.

Dana Eveland, LHP
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Dana Eveland needs a bounce-back effort as he continues his bid to jump into the pitching mix for next season, when the Dodgers will be looking for a fifth starter. He has pitched in seven big league seasons, but only twice made more than 10 starts.

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