Tonight in MLB: Dodgers look to end skid

Tonight in MLB: Dodgers look to end skid
September 8, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Clayton Kershaw will try to help the Dodgers avoid a fourth consecutive loss on Sunday. (USA Today Images)

Here are a few MLB games to keep an eye on today:

Dodgers at Reds, 8:05 p.m.
Clayton Kershaw has suddenly looked vulnerable in his last two starts.

Homer Bailey sure hasn't.

As Kershaw tries to recapture the form of a Cy Young Award favorite, the Los Angeles Dodgers look to halt Bailey's scoreless innings streak Sunday night in the finale of their season series with the Cincinnati Reds.

Los Angeles (83-58) also wants to avoid losing four straight for the first time since an eight-game skid to begin May. All three defeats have been away from home after the Dodgers had lost three of their previous 27 road games.

The last two have come in Cincinnati, including a 4-3 loss in 10 innings Saturday as recent call-up Billy Hamilton stole second as a pinch runner and scored on Todd Frazier's single. The 22-year-old speedster is 4 for 4 on steal attempts but has yet to make a plate appearance (see full preview).

Astros at Athletics, 4:05 p.m.
The AL West-leading Oakland Athletics are surely sad to see baseball's worst team leave town.

Oakland tries to take advantage of its final matchup against the Houston Astros as these teams conclude their season series Sunday.

The Athletics (82-60) have made a habit of beating up on the Astros (47-95), taking 19 of 24 all-time matchups, including 14 of 18 this year. After moving into sole possession of first place in the division with Friday's 7-5 victory, Oakland hung on for a 2-1 win Saturday (see full preview).

Rangers at Angels, 3:35 p.m.
The Texas Rangers find themselves once again trailing in what's been a back-and-forth AL West race.

Nick Tepesch will try to help the Rangers from losing any more ground in his first start since returning from the disabled list Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Texas (80-61) dropped 1 1/2 games behind Oakland in the division following its fifth loss in six contests and third in a row Saturday. The Angels (67-74) never trailed after Mark Trumbo's two-run homer in the first inning of an 8-3 win, and the Rangers committed a season-high four errors in their fourth loss in the last five road games (see full preview).