MLB

The Los Angeles Angels will be going for their fifth consecutive win when they take on the Baltimore Orioles in the second game of their four-game weekend series on Friday night.

The Oakland Athletics will be trying to bounce back from their series loss to the Houston Astros and reduce their deficit in the AL West when they take on the Texas Rangers in the second game of their four-game weekend series on Friday night.

The Houston Astros are on the road in the opening game of a three-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night. Houston won the rubber game of their three-game home set with the A’s, prevailing 4-2 Wednesday afternoon. St. Louis swept a four-game set on the road against the Pirates as they won 6-3 Thursday afternoon. 

The Chicago Cubs are on the road for the opening game of a three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night. Chicago salvaged the finale of their three-game set in San Francisco by beating the Giants 4-1 Wednesday afternoon. Milwaukee earned a 5-4 win at home over Cincinnati Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are on the road for the opening game of a four-game wraparound series with the Miami Marlins Friday night. Arizona prevailed in the rubber game of their three-game interleague set at home against the Orioles, taking a 5-2 win Wednesday. Miami took two of three on the road in an interleague set, blanking the White Sox 2-0 Wednesday.

With New York out of the playoff picture, Friday night’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates is just one of 162 games.

For Mets scheduled starter Zack Wheeler, however, it has the chance to alter his professional career as the right-hander looks to prove his shoulder is 100 percent for potential trade suitors ahead of Wednesday’s deadline.

His lengthy winning streak finally over, rookie Mike Soroka looks to get back on track Friday night when the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves begin a critical three-game series in Philadelphia versus the Phillies.

Atlanta has dropped six of eight overall after being swept in a two-game series by Kansas City following Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat. The Braves have lost five straight at Philadelphia dating back to last season and were swept in a season-opening three-game set in March.

The Washington Nationals will host the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the three-game series opener Friday night from Nationals Park. The Dodgers will send 32-year-old left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound, and the Nationals will give the nod to 35-year-old right-hander Anibal Sanchez. The season series is currently tied 2-2.

The Colorado Rockies will continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds starting Friday night from the Great American Ball Park. The Rockies will give the nod to 24-year old right-hander German Marquez, and the Reds will counter with 26-year old right-hander Luis Castillo. The Rockies won two of three over the Reds earlier this month.

The New York Mets and the San Diego Padres will conclude a three-game NL series Thursday afternoon from Citi Field. The Padres will give the starting call to 24-year old left-hander Eric Lauer, and the Mets will hand the ball to 31-year old right-hander Jacob deGrom. The Padres lead the season series 3-2.

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