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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
Paul Maholm, LHP
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    Paul Maholm, last 3 starts
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    Paul Maholm, last 5 years vs. PHI
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Maholm is hoping to build off his first win with the Cubs. He held the Reds to one run on four hits over six innings in his last start. He's 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts in his career vs. the Phillies.

Roy Halladay, RHP
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    Roy Halladay, last 3 starts
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    Roy Halladay, regular season
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    Roy Halladay, last 5 years vs. CHC
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The way the Phillies are swinging the bats, Philadelphia pitchers have almost no margin for error these days. So Halladay is going to have to be close to perfect in the series opener against the Cubs. Fortunately, he mostly has been.

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Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Justin Verlander, RHP
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    Justin Verlander, last 3 starts
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    Justin Verlander, last 5 years vs. NYY
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Verlander ended the Rangers' eight-game winning streak in his last start, going six innings and yielding no earned runs while striking out eight. The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner will face the Yankees for the first time since the ALDS.

Ivan Nova, RHP
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    Ivan Nova, last 3 starts
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    Ivan Nova, regular season
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    Ivan Nova, last 5 years vs. DET
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Nova boasted after his last start that he might be the best pitcher going right now. He's certainly one of the winningest. Nova has won 15 straight decisions dating back to June.

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Los Angeles Angels @ Cleveland Indians

, Progressive Field
Jered Weaver, RHP
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    Jered Weaver, last 5 years vs. CLE
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Weaver gave up three runs on five hits and no walks to Baltimore on Saturday while hurling his first complete game since July 7 of last year. He started the game with four perfect innings and used 114 pitches to get through nine.

Justin Masterson, RHP
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Masterson struggled in his last start against the A's on Sunday, giving up four runs on six hits over five innings of a loss in Oakland. The big righty walked six batters, giving him 10 free passes issued in his last 8 2/3 innings of work.

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Oakland Athletics @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Brandon McCarthy, RHP
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McCarthy is winless in five outings this season, despite posting quality starts in three of them. He most recently tossed seven innings of two-run ball in Saturday's loss to the Indians, scattering 10 hits while walking three and striking out four.

Jake Arrieta, RHP
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    Jake Arrieta, last 5 years vs. OAK
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Arrieta is trying to bounce back after a shaky start against the Angels. The right-hander started well but ran into trouble, giving up five runs in just 4 1/3 innings.

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Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays

, Rogers Centre
Blake Beavan, RHP
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Beavan has three quality starts with just two walks in 19 1/3 innings, but only a 1-2 record to show for it. Lack of offensive support was never more evident than in his last outing, when Philip Humber pitched a perfect game for the White Sox.

Ricky Romero, LHP
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Romero was great in his last outing against the Royals, allowing two runs on five hits over eight innings. Aided by a double-play happy defense and windy conditions, Romero was able to go at least eight innings for the second time this season.

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Arizona Diamondbacks @ Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Joe Saunders, LHP
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Saunders was a hard-luck loser Saturday against the Braves. He threw seven solid innings, allowing just two earned runs on six hits. Through 21 innings this season, Saunders has given up three earned runs total.

Carlos Zambrano, RHP
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Zambrano has strung together three straight quality starts, and yet the right-hander seeks his first win. He suffered a hard-luck loss at Washington in his last outing, giving up one run on two hits in seven innings.

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Houston Astros @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Wandy Rodriguez, LHP
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Rodriguez has been terrific this season, posting a 0.64 ERA in his last two starts. Since 2009 his 3.28 ERA ranks second among NL left-handed starters. behind Clayton Kershaw (2.60) and ahead of Cole Hamels (3.35).

Mike Leake, RHP
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Leake suffered one bad inning in his last outing against the Cubs, giving up four runs in the second to remain winless on the season. Leake is 2-3 with a 4.45 ERA in seven games (five starts) against Houston.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Atlanta Braves

, Turner Field
A.J. Burnett, RHP
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A.J. Burnett's Pirates debut was not only a best-case scenario, but a scenario no one could've envisioned after his rocky rehab outings. But the veteran got it all together to blank St. Louis on three hits through seven, with seven strikeouts.

Tommy Hanson, RHP
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Hanson was charged with two runs on five hits in seven strong innings for the win against the D-backs in his last outing. He credits an improved command of his fastball and breaking pitches for his success. He retired the last 13 batters he faced.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers

, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
James Shields, RHP
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Shields claimed his third win of the season Saturday when he held the Twins to one run on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in eight-plus innings. He is 2-2 with a 3.72 in four career starts at Rangers Ballpark.

Matt Harrison, LHP
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Harrison beat the Tigers on Saturday by holding them to three runs in 7 2/3. He is now 7-0 with a 2.24 ERA in his last eight regular-season starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in one start and three relief appearances in his career against the Rays.

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Boston Red Sox @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Daniel Bard, RHP
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Bard's first win of the season came in relief Monday, in an eighth-inning appearance. On Friday, he's set to return the rotation, which is both his preference and the team's.

John Danks, LHP
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There was no perfection for Danks following Humber's amazing effort on Saturday, but the southpaw certainly pitched well enough for the White Sox to sweep the Mariners. Danks fanned six and walked four over 94 pitches.

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Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Everett Teaford, LHP
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The southpaw gets the call to replace Danny Duffy, who will miss one start with minor tightness in his left elbow. Teaford has allowed three runs in two relief outings, spanning seven innings.

Carl Pavano, RHP
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Pavano turned in a solid start against the Rays on Saturday -- allowing two earned runs over six innings -- but didn't have anything to show for it. So while it was Pavano's best outing so far, it was also his shortest.

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Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Yovani Gallardo, RHP
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The Brewers altered their pitching plans so Gallardo will work on regular rest in the series opener. He's is 1-8 with a 6.17 ERA in 12 regular-season starts against the Cards, including an Opening Day loss.

Jake Westbrook, RHP
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Westbrook was a hard-luck loser his last time out despite continuing his strong season start. He reached a season-high 113 pitches and recorded only two outfield outs. The latter is a sign that his sinker was effective. That is his key to success.

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New York Mets @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Chris Schwinden, RHP
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The Mets are expected to promote Schwinden to start Friday's series opener against Colorado. Schwinden, 25 years old, has gone 2-2 with a 2.05 ERA in his first four starts for Triple-A Buffalo.

Drew Pomeranz, LHP
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After a rough first outing of the season, Pomeranz held the Brewers to two runs on two hits and three outs in five innings, with six strikeouts, in his last start. The rookie left that game with a 3-2 lead, but the bullpen didn't hold it.

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Washington Nationals @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Ross Detwiler, LHP
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Detwiler was outstanding Friday, throwing six shutout innings, allowing three hits, striking out a season-high seven batters and walking one. The only time Detwiler was in any kind of trouble was in the second inning.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP
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Kershaw had that Cy Young look about him pitching seven scoreless innings on three hits in Houston, with nine strikeouts. The Nationals should provide a better test for the lefty, who has been nearly unbeatable at home since he joined the Dodgers.

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San Diego Padres @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Cory Luebke, LHP
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Luebke tossed eight shutout innings in his last start in a win against the Phillies and Roy Halladay. He has a 0.89 ERA over his last three starts and has found success with his changeup, a pitch he worked on a lot in Spring Training.

Eric Hacker, RHP
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As expected, the Giants called up Hacker for this spot start. Sunday's rainout and subsequent doubleheader Monday threw a wrench into San Francisco's rotation, leaving the Giants without an available starting pitcher on their current roster.

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