MLB

The Detroit Tigers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Chicago White Sox in the middle game of their three-game series Saturday night. Detroit dropped the finale of a four-game set on the road in Boston, losing 7-3 Thursday night. Chicago dropped two of three to the Orioles on the road as they were dropped 4-3 in the rubber game Wednesday night. The pitching matchup for Friday’s series opener saw Daniel Norris take the mound for the Tigers against the White Sox’ Carlos Rodon.

The Miami Marlins continue their four-game NL East rivalry series on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. After splitting a two-game meeting with the Cleveland Indians, the Marlins are hoping to make some noise in the division by pulling off an upset in Philly. The Phillies, on the other hand, could use a good pick-me-up series after falling to the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies. Right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff will lead things off for the Phillies, while the Marlins are expected to go with veteran Jose Urena.

The Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres will kick off a three-game weekend series Friday night from Nationals Park. The Padres will send 27-year old left-hander Matt Strahm to the mound, and 34-year old right-hander Max Scherzer will toe the rubber for the Nationals. The Nationals posted a 4-2 record against the Padres last season.

The New York Mets will host the Milwaukee Brewers in the first game of a three-game series Friday night from Cit Field. The Brewers will hand the ball to 31-year old right-hander Chase Anderson, and the Mets will counter with 30-year old right-hander Jacob deGrom. The Brewers won last year’s season series over the Mets 4-3.

The Tampa Bay Rays look to maintain their hold on the top spot in the division as they play the first of three games against the Boston Red Sox Friday night. Tampa Bay missed a chance at a home sweep of the Royals as they were drubbed 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon. Boston closed a four-game set at home against the Tigers hoping for a split Thursday night: they won 11-4 on Wednesday. 

The Atlanta Braves will be back in Cumberland on Friday night to kick off a seven-game home stand with a three-game meeting with the Colorado Rockies. There is plenty of confidence from the Rockies heading into this series after knocking off two NL East teams in the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. They’ll take aim at the Braves next in this anticipated NL clash. Lefty Max Fried will occupy the mound for the Braves in the series opener opposite of Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela.

The Baltimore Orioles are on the road as they play the first game of a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins Friday night. Baltimore took two of three from the White Sox at home after prevailing 4-3 in the rubber game Wednesday night. Minnesota dropped the rubber game of their three-game road set against the Astros, getting waxed 7-1 Wednesday night. 

A pair of pitchers looking to build momentum collide in Houston on Friday night when Collin McHugh leads the Astros into the second game of their four-game series versus Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians.

The Chicago Cubs will host the Los Angeles Dodgers as the clubs conclude a three-game series Thursday afternoon from the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. The Dodgers will hand the ball to 29-year old right-hander Ross Stripling, and the Cubs will counter with 35-year old left-hander Jon Lester. The Cubs collected a 7-2 home win over the Dodgers in the series opener on Tuesday night.

The Texas Rangers will head to Seattle to battle the Mariners in the first of a four-game AL West series Thursday night from Safeco Field. The Rangers will hand the ball to 27-year old right-hander Adrian Sampson, and the Mariners will give the call to 27-year old left-hander Marco Gonzales. The Mariners won last year’ season series 10-9 over the Rangers.

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