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Probable Pitchers

Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs

, Wrigley Field
Clayton Kershaw, LHP
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    Clayton Kershaw, last 3 starts
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    Clayton Kershaw, regular season
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    Clayton Kershaw, last 5 years vs. CHC
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Kershaw fortified his NL MVP resume by limiting the Giants to two runs in his seventh consecutive outing of at least eight innings. He's riding a five-game winning streak, bringing his victory total to a Major League-best 19.

Edwin Jackson, RHP
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    Edwin Jackson, last 3 starts
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    Edwin Jackson, regular season
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    Edwin Jackson, last 5 years vs. LAD
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This will be Jackson's first start since Aug. 20. He's been on the disabled list since then with a right lat strain. In that last start, he gave up seven runs over 2 2/3 innings to the Giants, which isn't how the Cubs want him to end the season.

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Boston Red Sox @ Baltimore Orioles

, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Allen Webster, RHP
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    Allen Webster, last 3 starts
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    Allen Webster, regular season
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    Allen Webster, last 5 years vs. BAL
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Webster had a solid start last time out against the Royals, giving up two runs over six innings. He is 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA in four road starts.

Kevin Gausman, RHP
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    Kevin Gausman, last 3 starts
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    Kevin Gausman, regular season
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    Kevin Gausman, last 5 years vs. BOS
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Gausman started Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader, and the rookie will get a bit of extra rest ahead of his next outing. The righty has a 3.64 ERA on extra rest this season.

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Milwaukee Brewers @ Pittsburgh Pirates

, PNC Park
Yovani Gallardo, RHP
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    Yovani Gallardo, last 3 starts
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    Yovani Gallardo, regular season
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    Yovani Gallardo, last 5 years vs. PIT
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After missing the Cardinals for the second straight series, Gallardo draws a much more favorable matchup. He's 12-5 with a 2.67 ERA in 25 games (24 starts) against the Pirates.

Jeff Locke, LHP
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    Jeff Locke, last 3 starts
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    Jeff Locke, regular season
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    Jeff Locke, last 5 years vs. MIL
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Locke has alternated poor and strong starts for a month, and he's on schedule for another good one. He has held the Brewers to a .122 average in two starts this season and is averaging 6 2/3 innings in 10 home starts.

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Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Mark Buehrle, LHP
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    Mark Buehrle, regular season
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    Mark Buehrle, last 5 years vs. NYY
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Buehrle did not factor into the decision when the Blue Jays lost in 10 innings to the Rays on Sunday. The veteran lefty lasted six innings and gave up four earned runs on nine hits.

Hiroki Kuroda, RHP
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    Hiroki Kuroda, last 3 starts
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    Hiroki Kuroda, regular season
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    Hiroki Kuroda, last 5 years vs. TOR
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Kuroda has backed off his between-starts work to avoid a second-half swoon, to solid results. The veteran is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA in eight starts since Aug. 1, holding opponents to a .235 average.

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Chicago White Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

, Tropicana Field
Jose Quintana, LHP
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Quintana is tied for third place among American League lefty starters with 20 quality starts. With 185 2/3 innings, he stands a good chance to reach the 200-inning plateau with a couple of more impressive outings.

Jeremy Hellickson, RHP
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    Jeremy Hellickson, regular season
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    Jeremy Hellickson, last 5 years vs. CWS
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While Hellickson didn't field his position well during his last start, on Saturday in Toronto, he had good stuff, allowing two earned runs in six innings, walking four and striking out eight in a no-decision. Hellickson is 0-3 at home this season.

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Washington Nationals @ Miami Marlins

, Marlins Park
Doug Fister, RHP
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    Doug Fister, last 3 starts
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    Doug Fister, regular season
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Fister lasted six innings, allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out three batters in his last outing. He threw only 75 pitches, but he left the game for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.

Tom Koehler, RHP
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    Tom Koehler, regular season
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    Tom Koehler, last 5 years vs. WSH
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Of Koehler's 30 starts, he has posted 19 quality starts. In his last outing, he gave up three runs (two earned) at Philadelphia. Koehler is 1-1 in two starts vs. the Nationals this year, giving up two runs in 13 innings.

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New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves

, Turner Field
Zack Wheeler, RHP
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    Zack Wheeler, regular season
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    Zack Wheeler, last 5 years vs. ATL
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After last Saturday's start, Wheeler dispelled any notion that his arm was tiring more than usual midway through September. The question was valid after he allowed six runs in four innings to the Nats, while struggling with command and his mechanics.

Julio Teheran, RHP
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Teheran suffered a tough-luck loss as he limited the Rangers to three hits and three unearned runs in eight innings last weekend. He's allowed one earned run in two of three starts against the Mets this year.

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Arizona Diamondbacks @ Colorado Rockies

, Coors Field
Chase Anderson, RHP
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    Chase Anderson, regular season
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The rookie Anderson will make his last start of the year against the Rockies as the D-backs try to limit his innings. While he hasn't gone deep into games lately, he also hasn't given up more than two runs in any of his last three starts.

Jordan Lyles, RHP
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Lyles has devoted the latter part of this season to learning to mix in his newly developed changeup, and he is getting the hang of it. In a loss to the Cards (three runs in six innings) he got grounders with the changeup.

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Cleveland Indians @ Minnesota Twins

, Target Field
Trevor Bauer, RHP
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Minnesota has been a bit of a challenge for Bauer this season, tallying 12 runs off him in 18 2/3 innings of work.

Phil Hughes, RHP
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Hughes was saddled with his first loss since Aug. 27 on Saturday, as he gave up three earned runs over seven innings against the White Sox. The right-hander has a 2.21 ERA over his past eight outings.

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Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Justin Verlander, RHP
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With the division in the balance, Verlander will move up to start on his regular four days' rest. He has two wins, two losses and a no-decision against the Royals this season, including seven innings of four-run ball Sept. 8.

Jason Vargas, LHP
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Vargas endured his second straight rough outing last Sunday. The lefty allowed five runs in an 8-4 loss to Boston, pushing his ERA to 7.59 in his last two starts, although he has collected 14 strikeouts over his last 10 2/3 innings.

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Seattle Mariners @ Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Taijuan Walker, RHP
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The hard-throwing 22-year-old, regarded as Seattle's top pitching prospect, returns to the rotation to take the spot of injured lefty Roenis Elias. Three of Walker's six Major League starts have been against the Astros (2-0, 2.81 ERA).

Brad Peacock, RHP
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After having his start pushed back four days because of back tightness, Peacock will try to build on some recent success. He's 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his last four starts, but has pitched into the seventh inning just once.

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Cincinnati Reds @ St. Louis Cardinals

, Busch Stadium
David Holmberg, LHP
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Holmberg earned his first big league win Saturday over the Brewers behind the strength of a good changeup. Despite not being overpowering, his 86-89 fastball was spotted well and looked tougher in conjunction with the offspeed pitch.

John Lackey, RHP
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Due to arm fatigue, Lackey had his scheduled start skipped on Tuesday and was given an extra three days' rest. He lasted only two innings in a start against the Reds on Sept. 10 due to an ejection stemming from complaints about balls/strikes.

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Philadelphia Phillies @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
David Buchanan, RHP
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Buchanan went 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball vs. the Marlins his last time out. Since being recalled on Aug. 6, Buchanan has a 2.91 ERA in eight starts.

Jon Lester, LHP
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Fans and pundits likely will continue to debate the merits of Oakland's trade to acquire Lester for Yoenis Cespedes, but Lester has been as good as advertised. In nine starts for the A's, he boasts a 2.30 ERA.

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Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels

, Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Lisalverto Bonilla, RHP
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    Lisalverto Bonilla, last 5 years vs. LAA
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Bonilla made his first Major League start last Saturday and earned his first win. He held the Braves to two runs in six innings in a 3-2 victory. He allowed four hits, walked four and struck out three. He had a 7.36 ERA in two relief appearances.

Hector Santiago, LHP
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Santiago is coming off a brutal start against the Astros on Sunday, lasting only two innings, giving up three runs on five hits, walking five batters and throwing 44 of his 82 pitches for balls. In six previous starts, he had a 2.20 ERA.

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San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Tim Hudson, RHP
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    Tim Hudson, last 5 years vs. SD
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The 39-year-old brushed off questions about his physical condition after his latest rough start, but the numbers aren't pretty: In his last 16 starts, he has a 5.18 ERA and batters are hitting .308 with 10 home runs off him.

Odrisamer Despaigne, RHP
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    Odrisamer Despaigne, last 5 years vs. SF
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Nearly three months after tossing seven scoreless innings in his big league debut at AT&T Park, Despaigne gets to face the Giants again. He's been a much better pitcher at home, posting a 2.11 ERA, more than three runs lower than on the road.

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