Tonight in MLB: Braves visit struggling Tigers

Tonight in MLB: Braves visit struggling Tigers
April 26, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Phillies have struggled so far this season, and their eighth-inning woes of last year have only been magnified, as they can't tack on runs or hold teams off the board in late innings (see story).

They'll play at Citi Field against the Mets tonight, but here is a look at the other notable games in baseball this evening:

Braves at Tigers, 7:05 p.m.
The Atlanta Braves make a visit to Detroit to begin a three-game series with the struggling Tigers.

Paul Maholm will get the start for the Braves as he looks for a team-high fourth victory of the season. In his last start, Maholm saw his 25 1/3 scoreless inning streak end after allowing three runs in a loss to the Pirates.

The Tigers are in the midst of a 1-5 skid. In that span, they are hitting .207 with 14 total runs.

The one Tiger that isn't slumping is Miguel Cabrera. He is hitting .405 during a nine-game hitting streak.

Anibal Sanchez will get the start opposing Maholm. In his last five starts against the Braves, he has posted a 7.92 ERA.

Sanchez, and the other Tiger pitchers, will have the task of trying to keep the Braves' hitters in the park, as they lead the majors with 35 home runs. Justin Upton leads the way with a majors' leading 11 homers.

Reds at Nationals, 7:05 p.m.
The Washington Nationals continue their series against the offensively struggling Cincinnati Reds.

The Nationals opened the series with a 8-1 victory on Thursday, which snapped their four-game losing streak. Denard Span and Danny Espinosa each drove in three runs, while Epinosa and Bryce Harper each homered.

Jordan Zimmerman will take the hill for the Nationals. Zimmerman looks to rebound after laboring in his last start. He needed 96 pitches to get through five innings, in which he allowed two runs, two hits and three walks.

Opposing Zimmerman will be Homer Bailey, whose only win this season game against the Nationals on April 5. Bailey allowed two hits over six innings in the Reds' 15-0 victory.

The Reds, who have lost three of their last four games, have scored a total of four runs in that span. Brandon Phillips is currently in an 0-for-10 slump, while Jay Bruce is 1 for 10 with five strikeouts.

Brewers at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
The Milwaukee Brewers begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

The Dodgers will send Josh Beckett to the mound, who looks for his first win of the season. He is 0-3 with a 3.48. In his last start, which may have been his worst since joining the Dodgers, he allowed six runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles.

One of the biggest problems for the Dodgers in Beckett's starts has been the lack of run support. In 24 innings pitched this season, the Dodgers have supported Beckett with only six runs.

Having won three of their past four games, the Dodgers have scored 20 runs in that span.

The Brewers have rebounded after a slow start to win nine of their last 10 games.

Milwaukee will send Hiram Burgos to the hill, who will make his second career start. In his debut, he allowed one run on five hits in five innings of work in a win over the Cubs on Saturday.

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