Tonight in MLB: Verlander back in Toronto

Tonight in MLB: Verlander back in Toronto
July 4, 2013, 9:30 am
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The Phillies came apart in the fifth inning on Wednesday night when starter John Lannan allowed 14 baserunners in a 6-5 Phillies loss (see story).

The series wraps up today in Pittsburgh when the Phils try to take two of three from the best team in baseball.

When you're not out barbecuing or watching fireworks, here are a couple other games to keep an eye on this Fourth of July:

Tigers at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.
Memories of his last outing in Toronto might provide some fuel for Justin Verlander to end his current drought.

Pitching at Rogers Centre for the first time since throwing his most recent no-hitter there, Verlander tries to avoid matching a career high with his fifth straight winless start Thursday night in the finale of what has become a contentious four-game set with the Blue Jays.

Verlander (8-5, 3.77 ERA) posted a 4.85 ERA, but received an average 11.08 runs of support to win four straight starts May 22-June 7. In four outing since, his teammates have scored nine runs with the right-hander on the mound while he's gone 0-1 with a 3.96 ERA.

He went winless in five starts Aug. 27-Sept. 20, 2008, for Detroit (see full preview).

Marlins at Braves, 7:10 p.m.While the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves have dominated the last-place Miami Marlins of late, manager Mike Redmond's club is coming off a rare win in the series.

Pulling out another could prove difficult with a matchup against Julio Teheran in store.

Teheran and the Braves try to get back to their winning ways against the visiting Marlins in Thursday night's series finale.

Atlanta (49-35) had taken 18 of 21 from Miami (31-52) - including eight straight by a 40-10 margin - before falling 6-3 on Wednesday. Justin Ruggiano delivered a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning and Jeff Mathis added a two-run double in the eighth.

Each of Ruggiano's 12 homers have come on the road, tied for the seventh-most consecutive road homers to open a season. The record is 17 by Washington's Goose Goslin in 1926 (see full preview).

Cardinals at Angels, 9:05 p.m.
Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels may continue to be puzzled by Albert Pujols' sharp decline.

A victory by the home team in Thursday night's series finale in Anaheim could be even more surprising to both.

That's because the Cardinals have won nine straight road outings by Adam Wainwright while the Angels are 1-7 in home starts by Joe Blanton in a pitching matchup that overwhelmingly favors St. Louis.

Pujols has been the story of this series with the three-time NL MVP facing St. Louis (50-33) for the first time but he's 0 for 7 in this series to drop to 4 for 41 over his last 10 games.

These teams have split the first two of this three-game set with the Cardinals ending the Angels' seven-game win streak with Wednesday's 12-2 rout (see full preview).

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