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Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi at Braves RHP Aaron Harang: Eovaldi has worked at least six innings in each of his four starts. He gave up three runs (one earned) in six innings in his last outing, vs. Seattle. The right-hander is 1-1 (2.79 ERA) in five career starts at Turner Field. … Harang was lifted from Friday’s start against the Mets after throwing 121 pitches over seven hitless innings. The 35-year-old veteran has carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning during two of his first four starts of this season.
Diamondbacks LHP Wade Miley at Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija: Miley was outstanding in his last start against the Dodgers, allowing just one run on two hits in six innings. He wound up with a no-decision after Scott Van Slyke homered to tie the game in the seventh. … Samardzija has four quality starts, an impressive 1.29 ERA, yet can’t get a win. The Cubs have scored four runs in his four starts. There will be plenty of hoopla pregame as the Cubs celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary.
Giants RHP Matt Cain at Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood: Cain has nothing to show for his last two games despite allowing one earned run over 14 innings in that span. He also walked five and struck out 16 in those games. Cain has a 3.50 ERA in three road starts. … In his last outing, Chatwood forced the Phillies into 14 ground ball outs and held them to two hits and one unearned run in seven innings of a home win. Chatwood also pitched well against the Giants in an earlier start.
Reds RHP Alfredo Simon at Pirates RHP Charlie Morton: Simon has pitched brilliantly as a fill-in for the injured Mat Latos. He tossed six innings and gave up just one unearned run against the Cubs in his last outing, lowering his ERA to 0.86 over three starts spanning 21 innings. … Morton had a rough outing in a 5-3 loss to the Brewers on Friday night. He surrendered five runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He struggled with his delivery, which led to some control issues.
Angels RHP Jered Weaver at Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (inter-league): Weaver finally regained his vintage form vs. the Tigers on Friday, pitching six innings of one-run ball while giving up three hits, walking three, striking out three and recording 12 of his 18 outs in the air. It was his first win in four starts. … Gonzalez pitched a season-high seven innings, allowed one run on four hits and struck out seven batters against the Cardinals last Friday. He retired the last 11 batters he faced.
Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha at Mets LHP Jon Niese: Wacha took the loss Friday, in part due to sloppy defense. He allowed one earned run in seven efficient innings (93 pitches) despite three errors behind him. His cutter continues to emerge as a weapon alongside his changeup, fastball and curveball. … Niese struck out a season-high seven in his last outing against the Braves, allowing one run in six innings. More importantly for the Mets, he felt no lingering effects from the left elbow and shoulder soreness that sidelined him earlier this year.
Padres RHP Tyson Ross at Brewers RHP Kyle Lohse: Ross made an adjustment in his delivery before his last start, vs. the Giants, using his legs more. The result? Eight scoreless innings with four hits allowed and nine strikeouts. His slider, a plus pitch, was exceptional all game. … Lohse became the first Brewer to reach three wins, thanks to back-to-back victories over the Pirates, against whom he’s 11-2 lifetime. He also has a winning record against the Padres, going 5-4 with a 4.31 ERA in 11 starts.
Phillies LHP Cole Hamels at Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke: Hamels is expected to make his 2014 debut against the Dodgers. He opened the season on the disabled list as he recovered from inflammation in his left shoulder. … He’s giving up more solo homers than last year, but Greinke also is on a run of 16 straight starts of at least five innings allowing no more than two runs. He’s 10-1 during the roll.