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Probable Pitchers

Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers

, Comerica Park
Clay Buchholz, RHP
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    Clay Buchholz, last 3 starts
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    Clay Buchholz, regular season
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    Clay Buchholz, last 5 years vs. DET
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The righty is healthy again after back woes limited him to just 14 starts in '11. Buchholz's .731 winning percentage on the road since the start of the 2009 season is the best in the Majors. He has a 4.96 ERA in three career starts at Comerica Park.

Max Scherzer, RHP
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    Max Scherzer, last 3 starts
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    Max Scherzer, regular season
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    Max Scherzer, last 5 years vs. BOS
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Scherzer has said he feels further ahead in his pitching than he has in any year coming out of Spring Training. Now he'll try to translate that into regular-season results. He won his first six decisions last year on his way to 10 wins by the break.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Cleveland Indians

, Progressive Field
Joel Carreno, RHP
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    Joel Carreno, last 3 starts
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    Joel Carreno, last 5 years vs. CLE
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Carreno earned a spot in the Blue Jays' rotation late in camp after the falters of Brett Cecil and Aaron Laffey. Carreno has just 15 2/3 innings in the big leagues under his belt and will need to pitch well early on to secure his job.

Derek Lowe, RHP
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    Derek Lowe, last 5 years vs. TOR
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The Indians acquired the 38-year-old Lowe in a trade with Atlanta over the winter to inject some experience and durability into their rotation. Lowe worked on his sinker this spring and opens this season as the No. 3 starter.

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Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Mike Minor, LHP
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    Mike Minor, last 3 starts
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    Mike Minor, last 5 years vs. NYM
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Career stats

Minor posted a 3.51 ERA in his final 10 starts of the 2011 season and enjoyed a strong exhibition season. The former first-round pick has made great strides while becoming more comfortable with his curveball and changeup.

Jon Niese, LHP
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    Jon Niese, last 5 years vs. ATL
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The Mets wanted to line Niese up vs. the Braves, whose lefty-heavy lineup could struggle with his 12-to-6 curveball. He has fared particularly well vs. Brian McCann (0-for-6), though Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman and Michael Bourn have hit him well.

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Miami Marlins @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Carlos Zambrano, RHP
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    Carlos Zambrano, last 5 years vs. CIN
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The unpredictable Zambrano is getting a fresh new start with the Marlins. He's certainly familiar with the Reds, posting a 17-11 (3.28) career mark against them. Zambrano has won at least 10 games in seven of eight years.

Bronson Arroyo, RHP
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    Bronson Arroyo, last 5 years vs. MIA
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Arroyo struggled all last season, in part, because of lower velocity. That didn't seem to be a problem during camp as Arroyo was often in the upper 80s and 90s. He also worked on a new grip for his sinker to keep hitters off-balance.

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Minnesota Twins @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Anthony Swarzak, RHP
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Swarzak gets the start against the Orioles on Sunday, as rookie Liam Hendriks is out with food poisoning. Swarzak should be ready to go, as he was stretched out to six innings during Spring Training. He posted a 4.32 ERA in 102 innings last season.

Jason Hammel, RHP
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Hammel, the staff veteran, will make his O's debut Sunday. The righty was traded to Baltimore along with Matt Lindstrom in exchange for Jeremy Guthrie in the offseason. Hammel went 7-13 with 7-13 with a 4.76 ERA in 32 games for the Rockies last year.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Vance Worley, RHP
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Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton suffered injuries last season, but Worley picked up the slack. He finished third in NL Rookie of the Year Award voting, proving to be a valuable piece of the rotation.

James McDonald, RHP
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None of the Pirates are as glad for Spring Training to be over than McDonald, who gets to push the reset button after a shaky preseason. He won't miss injured Phils Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, who have a combined .555 average against him.

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New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Phil Hughes, RHP
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Hughes is beginning what he hopes will be a rebound campaign from a season that was mostly lost to injury and inconsistency. He enjoyed some level of success vs. the Rays in '11, permitting two runs and five hits in 8 2/3 innings.

Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
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The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year hopes to avoid the sophomore jinx. Rays manager Joe Maddon believes he can if he shows improvement against left-handers. Hellickson is 8-5 with a 2.51 ERA in 18 appearances at Tropicana Field.

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Colorado Rockies @ Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Juan Nicasio, RHP
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Nicasio, 25, was going through the normal rookie highs and lows before the Nationals' Ian Desmond hit a line drive off Nicasio's head that resulted in a broken neck. Nicasio won a job and became a heartwarming story with a fine spring performance.

Bud Norris, RHP
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Norris is beginning his third full season in the Major Leagues and is eager to establish himself. He was inconsistent last year with the Astros, going 6-11 with a 3.77 ERA in 31 starts with 176 strikeouts in 186 innings.

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St. Louis Cardinals @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Lance Lynn, RHP
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After weeks of preparing to pitch in the bullpen, Lynn's role changed in mid-March when Chris Carpenter went down. Lynn adjusted to the move seamlessly, and he should have no issues with the workload given that he started in the Minors.

Randy Wolf, LHP
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Wolf is Mr. Steady for the Brewers, with 13 wins, 33-34 starts and more than 210 innings each of the past two seasons. He'll draw on a gem against the Cardinals in last year's NLCS, a win in which Wolf worked seven innings.

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Washington Nationals @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
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Unlike last year, Zimmermann will not be on an innings limit and is expected to pitch at least 200. He has lost twice and allowed 12 earned runs in 18 innings against the Cubs over the past three seasons.

Jeff Samardzija, RHP
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Samardzija has wanted to be a starter and won a spot in the rotation with a strong spring. The former Notre Dame wide receiver was exclusively a reliever last year, and last started in the big leagues in 2010, when he started three September games.

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Kansas City Royals @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Jonathan Sanchez, LHP
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This will be Sanchez's first KC start since being obtained in a trade. He missed most of last season with injuries after helping the Giants to a World Series title in 2010. His pitches have tremendous movement.

Ervin Santana, RHP
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Santana, 29, makes his 2012 debut on the heels of arguably his best season, one in which he posted a career low in ERA (3.38) and a career high in innings (228 2/3) while throwing a no-hitter and finishing 11-12.

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Aaron Harang, RHP
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The righty's first start will be against his former team. In six spring starts, Harang went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA. In his final spring outing on Tuesday vs. the Angels, he went four frames for the no-decision, striking out two and walking one.

Clayton Richard, LHP
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Richard showed no ill effects in Spring Training from the surgery he had on his left shoulder last summer, a procedure that caused him to miss most of the second half of the season. Richard had a 9.00 ERA in 14 innings this spring.

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San Francisco Giants @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Matt Cain, RHP
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Lifetime, Cain owns a 30-38 road record, though that has improved to 18-17 in the past three years. That includes a 6-6 effort in '11. Like many power pitchers, Cain needs time to get going. His April average of 6.6 K's per nine frames is his lowest.

Josh Collmenter, RHP
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Collmenter started the 2011 season in the Minors, but became a key contributor when he was recalled in April. He faced the Giants three times (two starts) and was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA. One of those wins came in his Major League debut on April 17.

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Chicago White Sox @ Texas Rangers

, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Gavin Floyd, RHP
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With a 33-37 mark and a combined ERA over 4.00 in the past three seasons, Floyd hopes to return to his 17-win form from 2008. Floyd attacks the strike zone -- he walked two batters or fewer in 27 starts last season.

Matt Harrison, LHP
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    Matt Harrison, last 5 years vs. CWS
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Harrison is a career 15-10 with a 4.73 ERA in 33 starts and 18 relief appearances in Arlington. He is 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA in five career starts against the White Sox. His 5.42 career ERA for the month of April is his highest for month.

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