Tonight in MLB: Arroyo can play stopper again

Tonight in MLB: Arroyo can play stopper again
July 27, 2013, 10:30 am
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Bronson Arroyo is 6-0 with a 1.32 ERA in nine starts this year when pitching after a Reds loss. (USA Today Images)

Cole Hamels was given little run support again during the Phillies' 2-1 defeat in Detroit to extend their season-high losing skid to six games.

In other news, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury that the Phillies and Cuban sensation Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez have agreed to a deal.

Now, here's a look at some of Saturday's MLB action:

Reds at Dodgers, 9:10 p.m.
The Cincinnati Reds finally cooled off a little bit on Friday night.

Bronson Arroyo looks to cap off a wildly successful July by getting the Reds back on track Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Arroyo (9-7, 3.19 ERA) has gone 3-1 with a 1.61 ERA this month, and opposing batters are hitting just .172 off the right-hander in four July starts. That included a dazzling effort to open up the Reds' 11-game West Coast trip, as he tossed a seven-hitter Monday in an 11-0 rout of the San Francisco Giants.

His sixth career shutout improved his mark to 6-0 with a 1.32 ERA in nine starts this year when pitching after a Reds loss, yielding only 10 runs in 68 1-3 innings, and they have won all nine games (see full preview).

Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
For years the Baltimore Orioles served as personal punching bags for the Boston Red Sox.

Now, it appears those roles have been reversed.

A seventh consecutive series win against the slumping Red Sox will be the Orioles' goal Saturday night at Camden Yards.

Beating up on the Orioles was common while they struggled through 15 straight losing seasons, but few teams did it as well as the Red Sox, who won 55 of 72 over Baltimore from 2006-09.

The tide began to turn at the end of 2011, when Baltimore won four of the final five meetings, including a memorable season-ending victory to knock Boston out of playoff contention. That seemed to springboard the Orioles into 2012, when their run of futility ended with 93 wins and the franchise's first playoff appearance since 1997 (see full preview).

Padres at Diamondbacks, 8:10 p.m.
Solid starting pitching and an improved offense have the Arizona Diamondbacks just off the NL West lead.

The Diamondbacks could take over that spot with some help and another victory over the division's worst team.

Rookie Tyler Skaggs gets the ball Saturday night when Arizona goes for its third straight series win at home over the San Diego Padres.

With Randall Delgado throwing a three-hitter and seven Diamondbacks finishing with at least two hits, Friday's 10-0 victory was one of the most well-rounded of the season for Arizona (see full preview).

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