Tonight in MLB: Mets' Wheeler goes for second win

Tonight in MLB: Mets' Wheeler goes for second win
June 25, 2013, 11:45 am
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Jonathan Papelbon blew his third consecutive save (fourth in the last eight days) last night allowing two runs in the bottom of the ninth against the Padres on Monday night. Then, the Padres won on a walkoff single in the 10th off the bat of Kyle Banks.

Tuesday night, The Phillies send Kyle Kendrick (6-4. 3.56 ERA) to the mound to face Jason Marquis (9-2, 3.59 ERA).

Now, here's a look at some other action around MLB:

Zack Wheeler gets the nod
After an impressive big league debut last week, Zack Wheeler surely has New York Mets looking forward to his encore performance.

The visiting Mets send Wheeler to the mound opposite the Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale, who tries to snap a career-worst four-start losing streak Tuesday night.

Considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Wheeler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) lived up to the hype in the back end of last Tuesday's doubleheader at Atlanta. After watching Matt Harvey strike out 13 while winning the first game, Wheeler scattered four hits and fanned seven over six scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory (see full preview).

Nats hope to provide offense for Gio
Though his win-loss record doesn't show it, Gio Gonzalez has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball for the past six weeks.

The Washington Nationals hope to provide enough run support for Gonzalez to earn his first victory in that span as they host the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Gonzalez (3-3, 3.34 ERA) has a 2.18 ERA over his last eight starts, though he's 0-1 in that stretch. He allowed two runs and struck out a season-high 11 through seven innings of Wednesday's 6-2, 11-inning win over Philadelphia (see full preview).

Braves look to regain winning form
The Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals are hoping they've put an end to their respective scoring slumps.

That doesn't mean runs will be easy to come by Tuesday night.

Ervin Santana looks to continue his outstanding stretch on the mound and provide a rude welcome to the Braves, who counter with Kris Medlen in the franchise's first visit to Kansas City.

After consecutive 2-0 losses to open a weekend series in Milwaukee, Atlanta (44-33) salvaged the finale with Sunday's 7-4 victory. Chris Johnson and Jordan Schafer hit solo homers after Brian McCann's first-inning grand slam ended the Braves' 24-inning scoreless stretch (see full preview).

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