MLB

The Miami Marlins and the San Diego Padres will conclude a three-game NL series Thursday afternoon from Marlins Park. The Padres will give the call to 26-year old right-hander Dinelson Lamet, and the Marlins will counter with 27-year old left-hander Caleb Smith. The Marlins lead the season series 3-2.

The Philadelphia Phillies will host the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the four-game series finale Thursday afternoon from Citizens Bank Park. The Dodgers will hand the ball to 29-year old right-hander Ross Stripling, and 26-year old right-hander Aaron Nola take the mound for the Phillies. The Dodgers own a 4-1 lead in the season series entering Wednesday.

Thursday afternoon on the MLB diamond and a pair of teams from the American League East will square off as the Toronto Blue Jays invade Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts to grapple with the Boston Red Sox. 

The Kansas City Royals will be trying to get their second consecutive series win when they face the Chicago White Sox in the final game of their four-game series on Thursday afternoon. 

The White Sox haven’t played well since the All-Star break. They have won only one of their last seven contests and will try to break out of the slump with a win over the Royals, which will give them their second win in their last eight games.

The New York Yankees will be trying to increase their lead in the AL East when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in the final game of their four-game series on Thursday night. 

The Rays have done a good job since the All-Star break, winning four of their last five games. They will be trying to pick up their fourth win in a row and fifth win in their last six games when they face the Yankees on Thursday.

The St. Louis Cardinals will head to Great American Ballpark on Thursday evening as they prepare to open their four-game weekend series clash versus the Cincinnati Reds.

The surging Washington Nationals will head on the road to SunTrust Park on Thursday night as they open a crucial National League East series showdown versus the division-leading Atlanta Braves.

The Oakland A’s are on the road as they open up a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins Thursday night. Oakland closed a two-game home set with Seattle Wednesday afternoon, picking up a 10-2 victory. Minnesota was swept in a two-game interleague set at home by the Mets as they were pounded 14-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The A’s took two of three in the first series between the teams this season, which came at home July 2-4.

Astros vs. Angels

The Houston Astros try to salvage a disappointing series against the Los Angeles Angels in Thursday’s closeout game for the AL West rivals. An offensive explosion in back-to-back games propelled the Angels to an early 2-0 lead in the three-game series, leaving the Astros stunned in the process. They’ll attempt to drive a final nail in the coffin in the finale with Matt Harvey starting on the mound against Astros left-handed pitcher Wade Miley.

The San Diego Padres make the trip north as they play the final game of a four-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday afternoon. In the opening game of the series Thursday night, it was the Dodgers drawing first blood with a 5-1 victory. San Diego bounced back and evened the series with a 3-2 triumph on Friday night. The pitching matchup for the third game of the set Saturday night saw Chris Paddack take the mound for San Diego against the Dodgers Kenta Maeda. 

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