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Probable Pitchers

Chicago Cubs @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Travis Wood, LHP
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    Travis Wood, last 3 starts
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    Travis Wood, last 5 years vs. PIT
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Wood is looking for his first win since July 6. He's 0-8 in his last 10 starts, but has not given up more than three earned runs in six of his last seven outings, dating to Aug. 1.

A.J. Burnett, RHP
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    A.J. Burnett, last 3 starts
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    A.J. Burnett, regular season
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    A.J. Burnett, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Burnett shrugs off the possibility, but he has to win his last five starts, beginning with this one, to reach 20 for the first time in his career. He comes off his first quality start of the last five, but is winless in last three.

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Colorado Rockies @ Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
Jeff Francis, LHP
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    Jeff Francis, last 3 starts
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    Jeff Francis, regular season
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    Jeff Francis, last 5 years vs. PHI
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Francis has been allowed to exceed the Rockies-prescribed pitch count of 75 in four of his last five starts. Colorado is 4-1 in those games. This season, Francis has struck out 55 and walked just 18 in 86 1/3 innings.

Cliff Lee, LHP
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    Cliff Lee, last 3 starts
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    Cliff Lee, regular season
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    Cliff Lee, last 5 years vs. COL
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Lee threw seven scoreless innings Saturday in Atlanta. He has won back-to-back starts for the first time since he won seven straight starts July 30 to Sept. 5, 2011. He has a 1.31 ERA in his past three starts.

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Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals

, Nationals Park
Jacob Turner, RHP
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    Jacob Turner, last 3 starts
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    Jacob Turner, regular season
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    Jacob Turner, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Turner was perfect through three in his home debut, but he gave up four runs in the fourth. In five frames, he surrendered five runs on six hits, including two homers. He has 11 strikeouts and has yet to allow a walk in two Marlins starts.

Stephen Strasburg, RHP
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    Stephen Strasburg, regular season
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The Nats announced Strasburg's last game of the 2012 season will be Sept. 12 vs. the Mets at Citi Field. In his last start, Strasburg pitched six shutout innings, allowed two hits and struck out nine to raise his total to an NL-leading 195 whiffs.

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New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Phil Hughes, RHP
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    Phil Hughes, last 3 starts
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    Phil Hughes, regular season
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    Phil Hughes, last 5 years vs. BAL
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The Orioles defeated Hughes in his last start, hitting him for five runs and eight hits -- including two homers -- over five innings in an 8-3 loss. It was the first time in four starts Hughes did not complete seven innings.

Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
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    Wei-Yin Chen, last 5 years vs. NYY
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Chen will be pitching on an extra day of rest to make room for the return of Jason Hammel. Chen is coming off his first loss in four starts after giving up four runs, three earned, over 6 2/3 innings against the Yankees last Saturday.

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Atlanta Braves @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
Paul Maholm, LHP
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Maholm will attempt to bounce back from his ugly two-inning performance against the Phillies on Sunday. He needed 41 pitches to complete a five-run first inning. He totaled 95 pitches in a shutout against the Mets on Aug. 10

Jon Niese, LHP
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Five of the nine hits against Niese went for extra bases last time out against the Phillies, putting him on the hook for his eighth loss. Because of the Mets' modified six-man rotation, Niese will receive seven days of rest between outings.

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Houston Astros @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
Lucas Harrell, RHP
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Harrell has been the Astros' most consistent starting pitcher this year, accounting for 10 of the team's 42 wins. He ranks first in the Major Leagues in innings pitched by a rookie with 165 1/3, and second in the NL in strikeouts by a rookie (116).

Homer Bailey, RHP
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Bailey is searching for his first win in five outings, despite pitching well enough for a 'W' on Saturday. Bailey gave up just three hits, including a solo homer to Houston, striking out nine, but fell victim to poor run support in the no-decision.

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Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Derek Holland, LHP
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Holland is 3-0 with a 3.60 ERA in his past three games after holding the Indians to two runs in seven innings on Sunday. He is 5-2 with a 4.10 ERA in 10 starts on the road. He is 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA in two starts against the Rays this year.

Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
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Hellickson notched his 16th quality start of the season Friday in Toronto, but came away with his 10th loss of the season after holding the Blue Jays to two runs in six innings. He is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in one career start against Texas.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox

, Fenway Park
Henderson Alvarez, RHP
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    Henderson Alvarez, last 5 years vs. BOS
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Alvarez did not make it to the sixth inning for the fifth time in his past six starts in his last outing, a loss. The 22-year-old has a 6.56 ERA since the All-Star break, and hasn't won since July 28.

Felix Doubront, LHP
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Doubront took a loss Saturday after allowing five runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in three innings at Oakland. He is 1-1 in three starts against the Blue Jays this season.

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Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Jeanmar Gomez, RHP
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The 24-year-old right-hander made his first start for the Tribe since June 23 against the Rangers on Saturday, providing 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on four hits to earn the win.

Liam Hendriks, RHP
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Hendricks wasn't able to build off his Aug. 27 complete-game gem in his last start against the Royals, getting tagged for five runs (three earned) on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He took a no-decision against Cleveland in his 2011 finale.

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Kansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Luis Mendoza, RHP
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Mendoza took a no-decision his last time out, exiting after five innings against the Twins. He only allowed two runs but allowed seven hits, including a home run. He's 2-2 in four games against Chicago this season, with a 2.96 ERA.

Francisco Liriano, LHP
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It was a walk on the wild side for the White Sox southpaw, who issued six unintentional walks and threw 100 pitches over four-plus innings Saturday night. Liriano allowed three runs, while striking out five.

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Milwaukee Brewers @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
Yovani Gallardo, RHP
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Gallardo didn't have it against the Pirates on Sunday, allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings and snapping a run of six consecutive starts in which he worked at least through the seventh.

Kyle Lohse, RHP
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Lohse battled Saturday without his best command or a sharp defense behind him. Still, his effort wasn't as bad as his line would suggest. Lohse has been as consistent as anyone on this staff, and he leads the league with an .875 winning percentage.

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Arizona Diamondbacks @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Tyler Skaggs, LHP
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Skaggs will be making his fourth Major League start. He was acquired from the Angels in a Trade Deadline deal in 2010. The left-hander allowed one run over five innings against the Dodgers in Los Angeles in his last start.

Andrew Cashner, RHP
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Cashner makes his first start since July 3, the day he suffered a strained right lat muscle that caused him to miss 51 games. He'll likely go five or so innings or 70 pitches. He started the season in the bullpen, but moved into the rotation in June.

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Detroit Tigers @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Max Scherzer, RHP
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Scherzer held the White Sox to one run in eight innings Saturday night and will ride a five-game win streak into Los Angeles. He hasn't allowed more than two runs since Aug. 5, and he also has nine straight games with at least eight strikeouts.

Ervin Santana, RHP
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Thanks mostly to a better release point, Santana has gotten on a roll, posting a 3.40 ERA over his last six starts. In a win over the Mariners on Saturday, he gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out five.

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Oakland Athletics @ Seattle Mariners

, Safeco Field
A.J. Griffin, RHP
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Griffin pitched a three-hitter over seven innings in his previous start, his first since returning from the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. The rookie has been pitching well all year and has a 1.50 ERA in three road games.

Felix Hernandez, RHP
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The Mariners ace suffered his first defeat since June 12 in a 5-2 loss to the Angels on Saturday but is still 9-1 with a 1.62 ERA over his last 15 starts. He's 13-5 with a 2.63 ERA in 25 career outings against the A's.

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ San Francisco Giants

, AT&T Park
Josh Beckett, RHP
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Beckett may not be the pitcher he was a few years ago, but he proved in his last start that he was no throw-in to the blockbuster trade with the Red Sox. He struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings while allowing just one run against Arizona.

Tim Lincecum, RHP
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Lincecum has been more consistent in the second half and has been effective against the Dodgers this season. He is 5-4 with a 3.26 ERA since the All-Star break, and also has a 2-1 record with a 2.55 ERA in three starts this season vs. the Dodgers.

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