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Probable Pitchers

Miami Marlins @ Philadelphia Phillies

, Citizens Bank Park
Josh Johnson, RHP
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    Josh Johnson, last 3 starts
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    Josh Johnson, regular season
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    Josh Johnson, last 5 years vs. PHI
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JJ was finally able to snap his four-game skid. The right-hander beat the Brewers in his last outing, posting his first win since Aug. 3. In his last two starts, he's 1-0, allowing three runs in 15 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. MIA
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Over his past five starts, Lee is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA. He's displayed pinpoint accuracy, walking just two over his last 55 2/3 innings. He was yet again bitten by poor run support in his last outing, a walk-off win against the Rockies.

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St. Louis Cardinals @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Kyle Lohse, RHP
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    Kyle Lohse, last 3 starts
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    Kyle Lohse, regular season
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    Kyle Lohse, last 5 years vs. SD
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Lohse bounced back after an uncharacteristically troublesome outing in Washington to limit the Brewers to two runs in 6 1/3 innings on Friday. Though Lohse did not factor in the decision, his winning streak remains at a league-best eight games.

Clayton Richard, LHP
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    Clayton Richard, regular season
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    Clayton Richard, last 5 years vs. STL
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Richard makes his first start since Sept. 5 as the team has shifted to a six-man rotation and he missed a turn after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child recently. He allowed three runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

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Tampa Bay Rays @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Alex Cobb, RHP
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    Alex Cobb, regular season
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    Alex Cobb, last 5 years vs. BAL
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The right-handed Cobb won his ninth game when he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts against the Yankees on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Miguel Gonzalez, RHP
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    Miguel Gonzalez, last 5 years vs. TB
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He's lost two of his last three starts, but keeps pitching well and is one of the biggest surprises this season. Gonzalez has great control and can be almost dominant when everything's right.

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Seattle Mariners @ Toronto Blue Jays

, Rogers Centre
Kevin Millwood, RHP
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The veteran right-hander snapped a personal four-game losing streak on Wednesday by limiting the Red Sox to one run in six innings. It was the 10th time this year Millwood gave up one run or less.

Ricky Romero, LHP
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    Ricky Romero, last 5 years vs. SEA
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Romero, who is coming off the shortest outing of his career, is 0-12 in his last 13 starts and has not recorded a win since June 22 in Miami. Over that stretch, he has allowed six runs or more six different times and sports a 7.98 ERA.

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New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox

, Fenway Park
David Phelps, RHP
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The Yanks have listed Phelps as their probable starter, but it is also possible that they could use Ivan Nova in this spot. Phelps allowed five runs in four innings to the Orioles on Thursday.

Aaron Cook, RHP
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The righty was a tough-luck loser in his last start, giving up seven hits and two runs over six innings against the Mariners. Opponents are hitting .294 against him this season. At Fenway, Cook is 2-4 with a 5.15 ERA.

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Pittsburgh Pirates @ Cincinnati Reds

, Great American Ball Park
A.J. Burnett, RHP
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The veteran is out to avoid a fifth straight start without a win for the first time all year (he's 0-2 with two no-decisions in his last four). He has a 4.84 ERA in seven starts since his one-hitter on July 31 in Chicago.

Homer Bailey, RHP
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Bailey is still in search of his first September win after earning his second consecutive no-decision on Friday. He gave up two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, and had the win in his pocket until closer Aroldis Chapman blew the save in the ninth.

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Washington Nationals @ New York Mets

, Citi Field
John Lannan, LHP
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With Stephen Strasburg out of the rotation, Lannan will pitch against the Mets on Wednesday. Barring an injury, the Nationals don't need Lannan in the postseason rotation. In a short series, they need only three or four starters.

Matt Harvey, RHP
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At 157 1/3 innings pitched between Triple-A and the Majors, Harvey is approaching his 165-170 innings limit. Wednesday will mark his second to last start before New York shuts him down for the remainder of 2012.

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Chicago Cubs @ Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Travis Wood, LHP
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Wood is coming off a solid outing against the Pirates. In his last two starts, he's given up two earned runs over 11 2/3 innings for a 1.54 ERA. He's 1-1 vs. the Astros this season, giving up two earned runs in 13 1/3 innings.

Fernando Abad, LHP
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Abad will make just his fourth start of the season Wednesday, searching for his first win as a starter. He hasn't pitched more than 4 1/3 innings in any of his three starts and has given up five or more runs in each of his past two starts.

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Cleveland Indians @ Texas Rangers

, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Jeanmar Gomez, RHP
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Gomez struggled to find his control against the Twins on Sept. 7, needing 59 pitches to make it through three innings. He was pulled after allowing four runs on three hits and three walks to cap his second-shortest start of the season.

Ryan Dempster, RHP
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Dempster has won four straight starts with a 1.73 ERA. One of those wins was against the Indians in Cleveland on Aug. 31, when he allowed one unearned run in six innings. He is 5-1 with a 4.36 ERA in seven starts since being acquired from the Cubs.

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Atlanta Braves @ Milwaukee Brewers

, Miller Park
Paul Maholm, LHP
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Maholm has not been as effective as he was a few weeks ago. Control has been a problem as he has walked three in each of his past two starts. But he still threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Mets on Friday.

Yovani Gallardo, RHP
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A six-inning, two-run outing against the Cardinals was Gallardo's Major League-best 23rd quality start, and a bounce-back from a tough outing against the Pirates five days earlier in which he surrendered seven runs.

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Detroit Tigers @ Chicago White Sox

, U.S. Cellular Field
Max Scherzer, RHP
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Scherzer threw fastballs harder than he had all season Friday against the Angels, including his first-ever 100 mph radar gun reading. Yet he couldn't outpitch a lack of run support, settling for a no-decision after eight innings of two-run ball.

Gavin Floyd, RHP
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Floyd will come off the DL to make his first start since Aug. 26 in place of Francisco Liriano, who will be available out of bullpen. The right-hander, who battled a strained right elbow flexor, is 7-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 19 starts against Detroit.

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Kansas City Royals @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Luke Hochevar, RHP
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Hochevar earned a no-decision in his last outing against Texas, allowing four runs in 6 1/3 innings. He pitched against Minnesota on Sept. 1, yielding eight runs on six hits and four walks in just 1 2/3 innings.

P.J. Walters, RHP
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Walters, making his first start since June 13 after a disabled list stint for right shoulder inflammation, gave up six runs on five hits over five innings against the White Sox on Wednesday. But the right-hander reported no health problems.

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San Francisco Giants @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Tim Lincecum, RHP
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Lincecum's lack of command on his fastball led to seven walks in his last start, but none of those batters scored as Lincecum relied on his slider as his go-to pitch. After his first-half struggles, Lincecum has a 3.22 ERA in 11 second-half starts.

Jeff Francis, LHP
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Mixing in breaking pitches and changing speeds deftly, Francis threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings with seven strikeouts against six hits and a walk in a no-decision against the Phillies in his last start.

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Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Aaron Harang, RHP
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Aaron Harang allowed the first three hitters he faced to score in a loss to the Padres, then pitched out of trouble each of the next four innings in a game the bullpen lost. He's keeping the ball in the park, but his walks are up.

Trevor Cahill, RHP
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Cahill carried a no-hitter into the seventh in his last start, ultimately finishing with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball against the Giants. That was a good start to September after an August that saw him go 0-2 with a 5.08 ERA in six outings.

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Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
A.J. Griffin, RHP
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Griffin is just the second pitcher in Oakland history to start his career 5-0. With a victory in Seattle on Friday, the righty improved to 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA in four road starts this season.

Ervin Santana, RHP
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Santana is on the best run of his nightmarish season, posting a 3.30 ERA while going six innings in each of his seven outings since the start of August. On Friday, while filling in for Jered Weaver, he limited the Tigers to two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

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