Friday's Interleague Action
August 2, 2013
By Kevin Rogers
Indians at Marlins - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: U. Jimenez (8-5, 4.17 ERA) vs. J. Fernandez (7-5, 2.71 ERA)
Previous series recap: Cleveland remains on fire after completing its second straight home sweep by beating Chicago four straight times. The Indians beat the White Sox twice on walk-off homers and twice in blowout fashion, while starting Friday's action two games back of the Tigers in the AL Central. The Marlins salvaged a home split with the Mets with victories in the final two contests of the four-game set.
Current streaks: The Indians are riding a seven-game winning streak, but own a 3-6 record the last nine road series openers. Miami has cashed the 'under' in 14 of the last 16 games overall, including seven of the past nine at Marlins Park. The Marlins have hit the 'under' in seven straight starts made by Fernandez, while the Fish have won six consecutive home outings by the righty.
Diamondbacks at Red Sox - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: R. Delgado (3-3, 2.85 ERA) vs. J. Lester (10-6, 4.27 ERA)
Previous series recap: Boston pulled off a three-game sweep of Seattle, including an incredible rally on Thursday. The Sox overcome a 7-2 deficit heading into the ninth inning, while posting consecutive walk-off victories over the Mariners. Arizona split a mini two-game set at Tampa Bay as the D-Backs blanked the Rays on Wednesday, 7-0. The D-Backs were blown out at Texas last night in a make-up contest, 7-1, the fourth straight 'under' for Arizona.
Current streaks: Arizona has split each of its last eight road contests, while posting a 2-5 record the previous seven interleague games. The Red Sox have won all eight starts made by Lester at Fenway Park, but Boston is 1-3 in his last four home outings against NL opponents since 2011.
Giants at Rays - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: M. Bumgarner (10-6, 2.76 ERA) vs. C. Archer (6-3, 2.39 ERA)
Previous series recap: After getting drilled in the series opener at Philadelphia, the Giants came back to win the final two games, including scoring two runs in the ninth inning in last night's 2-1 victory. The Rays lost for only the second time at Tropicana Field since the start of July in Wednesday's 7-0 defeat to Arizona. Tampa Bay split the two-game set, as the Rays face the Giants for the first time since 2002.
Current streaks: The Rays have won 10 of their past 12 games at home, but all 12 contests came against teams sitting below .500. Tampa Bay is riding a 15-3 'under' stretch the past 18 games, including eight straight at Tropicana Field. The Giants are only 3-8 the last 11 overall, while hitting the 'under' in each of Bumgarner's last eight starts.
Royals at Mets - 7:10 PM EST
Probables: W. Davis (5-9, 5.50 ERA) vs. D. Gee (7-8, 4.13 ERA)
Previous series recap: Kansas City remains on fire after winning its ninth straight game on Thursday by sweeping Minnesota at Target Field. The Royals are riding a season-high six-game road winning streak, while allowing two runs or less seven times in the past nine contests. The Mets split a four-game set at Miami, but lost the final two contests after winning the first two in the underdog role.
Current streaks: The Royals have won nine in a row in the favorite role, including five straight as road 'chalk.' The Mets have put together a 6-1 record the last seven games at Citi Field off a loss, while winning eight of 10 matchups against American League foes this season.
Yankees at Padres - 10:10 PM EST
Probables: C.C. Sabathia (9-9, 4.65 ERA) vs. A. Cashner (7-5, 3.88 ERA)
Previous series recap: The Yankees blanked the Dodgers on Wednesday to salvage a split of a two-game set in Los Angeles, as New York has gone the 3-3 the past six road contests. The Padres grabbed two of three from the Reds at home, as San Diego has won seven of their past 10 games overall.
Current streaks: New York has lost four straight starts made by Sabathia, while the Yankees are 0-5 their past five games off a victory. The Padres are just 6-9 against American League squads, but seven of those losses have come away from Petco Park. Cashner has lost three of his last four home outings, but the Padres own a 6-3 record in his past nine starts in the underdog role.
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