Tonight in MLB: Braves look to win road series at Reds

Tonight in MLB: Braves look to win road series at Reds
May 7, 2013, 11:30 am
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Andrelton Simmons has five hits in his last nine at-bats with two home runs and three runs scored. (USA Today Images)

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The Phillies Tuesday night send surprise ace Kyle Kendrick to the mound to face the Giants' lineup and hopefully get a second straight win in San Francisco (see story). The Giants will rely on Tim Lincecum to quell the Phillies' bats.


Braves and Reds square off
Braves starting pitcher Chris Medlen has no record while allowing four runs in eight innings over five games versus the Reds. His only start against them came on July 30, 2010, when he allowed three runs in five innings of a 6-4 win in 10 at Great American Ball Park.

The Braves last series win there came when they took two of three from April 24-26, 2009.

Cincinnati, 12-5 at home, is slated to give the ball to Homer Bailey (1-3, 3.38), who will try to continue his success against Atlanta in order to win for the first time since a 15-0 victory over the Nationals in his season debut April 5.

He allowed two hits in six innings of that outing, but is 0-3 with a 4.02 ERA in five starts since. (See full preview).



Tigers look to continue streak against Nats
The Detroit Tigers are rolling after a four-game sweep, though they may be facing a stiffer challenge to start the week as they look to continue their winning ways.

The Tigers go for their fifth straight victory as they open a two-game series against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.

Detroit swept woeful Houston to close last week to give it nine wins in 10 games, outscoring opponents 74-25 in that stretch. Justin Verlander didn't allow a hit into the seventh inning of a 9-0 victory Sunday and four Tigers homered. (See full preview).


Mets, Matt Harvey host White Sox
After rallying late to avoid a sweep, the Chicago White Sox have perhaps a little momentum heading into the final stop on their eight-game trip.

The White Sox, though, will have to face the red-hot and well-rested Matt Harvey when they visit the New York Mets for the first time Tuesday night.

After winning two of three in Texas, Chicago appeared to be headed for three straight losses in Kansas City on Monday. Alexei Ramirez's potential two-run homer in the sixth inning was ruled foul and upheld on video review, but the White Sox tied it at 1-all in the ninth and nearly scored the go-ahead run until pinch-runner Jordan Danks was caught between third and home. (See full preview).

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