Tonight in MLB: Greinke tries for 100th win

Tonight in MLB: Greinke tries for 100th win
July 20, 2013, 10:00 am
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Zack Greinke has won each of his last five starts for the Dodgers. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies steamrolled to a 13-8 win over the Mets in their first game after the All-Star break to go above the .500 mark and move up in the NL East.

Also, Roy Halladay is progressing nicely in his rehab from shoulder surgery, while a host of Phillies relievers continue to struggle through injuries.

Now, here are a few MLB games to keep an eye on today:

Dodgers at Nationals, 7:10 p.m.
Zack Greinke finds himself on the verge of career victory No. 100 after winning each of his last five outings.

Gio Gonzalez has shined bright during a four-start winning streak of his own.

In what sets up as a pitchers' duel, Greinke takes the mound opposite Gonzalez when the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers continue a three-game set against the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

While it took some time to find his groove after missing over a month with a broken left collarbone, Greinke (8-2, 3.49 ERA) proved unbeatable toward the end of the first half. The right-hander has posted a 2.50 ERA and limited opponents to a .208 average during his winning streak (see full preview).

Orioles at Rangers, 8:10 p.m.
Although Miguel Gonzalez wasn't the Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher named to the All-Star team, he's clearly been the most reliable member of their rotation the past two months.

Gonzalez has produced seven straight quality starts in an impressive stretch he'll try to continue Saturday night as the visiting Orioles face the Texas Rangers.

Chris Tillman became the fifth Orioles All-Star earlier this week when he was named as a late replacement for Justin Verlander. While Tillman ranks among the AL leaders with 11 wins, Gonzalez (7-3, 3.48 ERA) is better in ERA, opponents' batting average, WHIP and innings per start. The biggest difference between the two is run support, with Tillman receiving 6.29 per game compared to 4.46 for Gonzalez.

The Rangers (54-42) saw just how effective Gonzalez has been lately in a 3-1 loss July 11 at Camden Yards, as they were limited to four hits and one run over 6 2-3 innings (see full preview).

Braves at White Sox, 4:05 p.m.
Jake Peavy is back for the Chicago White Sox.

It's possible he could get his first look at Atlanta Braves slugger Jason Heyward.

Peavy will start for the first time since June 4 on Saturday when the White Sox host the Braves, who could have Heyward back in the lineup.

Chicago (37-56) activated Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA) from the disabled list Friday. He was out with a fracture of the left fourth anterior rib, but there won't be many restrictions on him after a stint in the minors (see full preview).

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