Tonight in MLB: Royals cling to wild-card hopes

Tonight in MLB: Royals cling to wild-card hopes
September 10, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Jeremy Guthrie (13-10, 4.19) hopes to end the Royals' skid Tuesday night. (AP)

These are the MLB games to follow tonight:

Indians at Royals, 7:05 p.m.
After gaining ground in the playoff hunt, the Cleveland Indians are looking for more.

The Kansas City Royals, meanwhile, are hoping to avoid falling even farther behind.

The Indians go for a seventh straight home win over the Royals when these playoff hopefuls continue a three-game set Tuesday night.

Cleveland has surrendered just 16 runs during its six-game home winning streak against the Royals, who fell four games behind the Rays and are seven in back of the Tigers (see full preview).

Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
The Baltimore Orioles are enjoying their longest home win streak over the New York Yankees in 30 years, and there may be added incentive for both teams as their four-game set continues.

The confrontation between managers Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi was the story of the series opener, and the Orioles will look to make it seven straight at home over the Yankees on Tuesday night.

Baltimore started this critical series with a 4-2 win Monday, and is on its longest run at home over New York since winning 10 in a row at Memorial Stadium from 1981-83.

The Orioles and Cleveland are both 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the AL's second wild card while the Yankees fell three games back with their fourth loss in five games (see full preview).

Pirates at Rangers, 8:05 p.m.
Francisco Liriano was hit hard in his last outing and now must try to regroup against the team with baseball's best record against left-handed starters.

He'll be opposed by Martin Perez, who is enjoying the longest win streak by a Texas Rangers starter in eight seasons.

Liriano handed Perez his first big league defeat the last time these southpaws met heading into Tuesday night's matchup between the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates and Rangers.

Liriano (15-7, 2.98 ERA) owns the most victories by a Pirates left-hander since Zane Smith had 16 and John Smiley finished with 20 in 1991. He failed in a bid to add to his career-high total last Wednesday, allowing seven runs over three innings in a 9-3 defeat at Milwaukee (see full preview).

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